August 1 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
August 2 - Empire Theatre Meeting, 11:30 a.m. - Feeding Station
August 3 - Chamber Meeting, Noon - Feeding Station
August 7 - Ambulance Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
August 7 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
August 7 - Hospital District Meeting, 7:30 a.m. - City Hall
August 8 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
August 14 - Fire Dist. #1 Commissioners Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
August 14 - HTC, 9:00 a.m. - Kathy Kramer's Home
August 14 - Park and Rec Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
August 15 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
August 20 - City Council Meeting, MEETING CANCELLED
August 21 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
August 22 - Slippery Gulch Meeting, 6:30 p.m. - Eclair's
August 23 - Tekoa Food Bank, 8:30 a.m. - City Hall
August 27 - Ambulance Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
August 27 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
August 28 - School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
August 29 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
Tekoa Community Yard Sale
Saturday, August 4, 2018, starting at 9:00 a.m. Pick-up maps at the Tekoa Market.
***For kids who love to write and those who wish they did, Writing Camp is coming to Tekoa. It will be held at the Tekoa Community Church August 13-17 from 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. and is for kids going into the 3rd through 8th grades. This year’s theme, “There’s a Bug in your Ear,” will focus on figurative writing skills such as idioms, similes, hyperbole, dialogue, paragraph writing and more. Shelly Ausmus has taught language arts for 20 years and loves inspiring others to write well. Contact her at (253) 241-4556 or firstname.lastname@example.org for cost information and a registration form. A limited number of partial scholarships are available, but space is limited, so contact her right away.
Messages from the Mayor~
As I write this newsletter, there are fires to our north (Spokane), floods back east, wildfires from California to Texas, tornadoes in the south and Midwest, and here in Tekoa, it’s just quiet and hot!!
Lots to write about, so I’d better get started! First, our properties that need attention: Letters have been written to most owners of the properties in question. Some letters were generated from city hall; others from our attorney. More will come in the near future. One such property provided the city with somewhat of a dilemma: The owners of the old bowling alley would like to give the building to the city. Should we take it? We could possibly get .09 funds for a new roof, repair some wiring, clean it up, and possibly attract a business to rent the facility. Otherwise, it sits there and deteriorates even more as time goes on!! Your thoughts would be appreciated.
The council talked about cats and pigeons, both of which are becoming a nuisance throughout the town. I have directed Dave Tysz to resolve the pigeon problem!! The city now has traps to capture stray cats. If we are given a “trapped cat,” our plan is to keep it for two days and then relocate the animal to a farm. The owner has indicated the need for cats and will accept those that we trap. We also discussed licensing cats.
The council approved the application for a TIB (Transportation Improvement Board) grant to finish Park Street to Crosby Street and then on to Main Street. The estimated cost of the project is $659,600. We would match 3% of the cost with monies from last year’s street levy.
We discussed the burn pile and grass pile across from city hall. I assume our community continues to support both dumping sites. However, we are trying to figure out how to work the grass into the sod. The city might have to buy some type of cultivator.
The back wall of the library/museum was discussed. We need to determine the structural soundness of the wall and if it needs immediate attention, or can it possibly wait until next year to be addressed. I worry about the costs, unless our guys have the time to do the necessary work.
I really appreciated our town complying with ordinances that allow fireworks only on the 4th of July. No doubt, dog owners also appreciated the compliance.