**City Hall will be closed on Thursday, December 24, and 25 for Christmas. We will also be closed Friday, January 1, 2016, for New Year’s Day.
The City of Tekoa will be holding a public hearing for the final 2016 budget and to amend the 2015 budget at the December 7, 2015, council meeting. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the City of Tekoa Council Chambers. All citizens are invited to attend.
**The city council will be changing the charges for the water and sewer, beginning January 1.The sewer rates will be decreased by $3.00 and the water rates will be increased by $3.00. Please call the office if you have any questions!
Surplus Items from the City of Tekoa:
-Nokia 6085 – ATT Flip phone (with charger and user guide)
-Office Phone – Norstar (3)
-Computer Tower – Acer Veriton (with power cord)
-Keyboard – Acer (solid black x2)
-Keyboard – Acer (black and silver x2)
-Intellifax 770 – Brother
-Computer mouse – HP
-HP Officejet Pro 8500 wireless – HP (with starter CD)
-Business Card Holder
-CD’s and cassettes – Various Artist
If you are interested in these items, you may view them at City Hall during office hours 9-4. Sealed bids will be accepted until December 4, at noon.
Tekoa Library News:So many resources on line, but do you know how to use them? Stop in the library and Diane will help you navigate through all of Whitman County Library resources and more. Early release at the grade school means Kids Club activities are happening at the library. On Wednesday, December 9, the library will open from noon to 1 p.m. for grade school children to watch a DVD and make holiday crafts. Want up-to-date information about library happenings and fun pictures? Make sure to like the Tekoa Library Facebook page, bookmark the library’s webpage, www.whitco.lib.wa.us or call Diane at 284-3121.Tekoa Library hours are: Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30 to 6 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. If the library is closed, call the Colfax branch of the Whitman County Library toll-free at 877-733-3375.
Healthy Tekoa News! Healthy Tekoa will again host Guiding Good Choices parent workshop for all adults who parent children. The workshop will run Sundays from January 10 through February 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Families with children in grades 3-9 are encouraged to participate in the program. As we know, children evolve from parent-pleasing little ones, to adolescents who yearn for independence and who like to test boundaries! Invest your time and learn some valuable tools to help reduce at-risk behaviors and increase family bonding. Email Diane Harp to register or get more information firstname.lastname@example.org. Enrollment is free, childcare is paid for, and snacks will be provided. Free family Crafternoonreturns December 6, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Tekoa High School multi-purpose room. There will be over 12 different crafts for kids to make with their parents. Family night out and parenting programs are part of a community wide program to build strong family bonds, promote healthy choices, and improve communication within a family and community. If you have an idea for a family night out, please contact Diane Harp at 284-2781.
Tekoa Park and Rec News: The December and January meetings are cancelled. Our next meeting is February 9, at 7:00 p.m. There is an open position on the park board, if interested in the position, attend the next meeting on February 9, at Tekoa City Hall. The Holiday Lights Contest judging will be Friday, December 18. Please have your lights on that night if you have signed up for the contest.
Messages from the Mayor—
Welcome to winter!! I am told we may have a mild winter again, however, it sure feels cold outside and that’s even before Thanksgiving.
We were notified today that the street levy failed--- 58.59% to 41.41%. It appears we won’t be paving any gravel streets this summer. The council, however, may decide to run the street levy again in February. I am always curious about the “no” votes. Is it because of the increased property tax, or dissatisfaction with city services, or a way to get the city’s attention? You have mine, so let me know why you think people voted against our street levy. I would appreciate any comments.
We had hoped for a call on Friday to inform us if funding was approved for future city projects. Since we didn’t get a call, it looks like a quiet summer. We had listed both road repairs (Main Street and the rest of Park Street) and sidewalks as potential projects. I believe a sidewalk on the southwest part of town may still get funded, however.
There was a discussion on the future use of our community center. Thoughts included: fixing it, to be used as a student activity center, possibly connecting to the theatre with a ramp, and also moving the library from across the street. Again, these are just some ideas that were passed around.
Be sure to take notice of surplus items that are listed with the newsletter.
Duane advises all home owners to do the following to keep pipes and meters from freezing this winter: Leave water faucets dripping, open cupboard doors under sink, and insulate meter box. If you need help with the meter box call city hall.
Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and think Christmas!