December 29 - Distribute Commodities, 9 a.m. - Until food is gone - City Hall
****City Hall will be closed on Friday, December 23, and Monday, December 26, for Christmas. We will also be closed on Monday, January 2, for New Year’s Day. ****NOTE-Garbage service will not be affected by the holidays.
****REMINDER—Homeowners and business owners you are responsible for shoveling the snow on your sidewalks and everyone please remember to insulate your water meters to keep them from freezing.
****We received notice from Empire Disposal your garbage rates have increased by 5.3%. You will see this increase on the December bill.
****The City of Tekoa will be holding their regular council meeting on Monday, December 5, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. A public hearing will be held during the meeting for the final 2017 budget and for the 2016 budget amendment. All citizens are invited to attend.
HEALTHY Tekoa news! The Healthy Tekoa coalition is looking for two parents to serve on their board and represent the concerns of our families. This volunteer opportunity only takes one hour a month at our meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. The coalition organizes many great events like October’s Carnival. Simply call Diane at the grade school at 284-2781 for additional information. Mark your calendars! The fourth annual Crafternoon is scheduled for December 16 from 5-7:30 at the high school, during the home basketball game! Kids and their families are invited to make crafts in the high school library at any time during the games. This activity promotes school and family bonding, two important protective factors leading to healthier choices in the future.
Tekoa Public Hospital District #4 is accepting letters of interest to fill a board of commissioners’ position recently vacated. Letters of interest will be accepted until December 5, and interviews will be conducted at our regular meeting on December 6 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at Tekoa City Hall. Mail letters to Tekoa Public Hospital District #4, PO Box 695, Tekoa, WA 99033. If you have questions, contact Steve at 284-2307.
Tekoa Library News: Kids in ages 9 and up are invited to attend Lego Club on Tuesdays beginning December 6 from 3-4 p.m. at the Tekoa Library. Yes, we are building with Legos at the library! Legos help keep kids’ engineering-and-problem solving skills sharp, strengthen their STEM muscles, and spark their imagination. The library has an abundance of Lego bricks. This is a hands-on, self -motivated activity. A reminder-- all 14 branches of Whitman County Library will close December 24-25 for the Christmas holiday. 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 during Tekoa Library hours Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:30–6 p.m. and Thursdays from noon – 6 p.m. Need help when the Tekoa Library is closed? Call the Colfax branch of the Whitman County Library toll-free at 877-733-3375.
The Neighbors on Patrol program will be having their first meeting in January. Please watch for special information to be posted around town and in the December newsletter.
Thanks, Alyssa Heagy
Messages from the Mayor—
It appears that our street levy is again short a few “yes” votes in order to pass. The council will decide next meeting (Dec 5) whether to run the levy again in February. This is my recommendation in order to ascertain whether a street levy of $50,000 can even pass in Tekoa. Some patrons were confused as to what this levy pays for. I believe I have mentioned in these newsletters that a portion of the levy goes to Avista for street lights. Another portion would be used to chip-seal gravel roads and repair existing city streets. If the levy is submitted to voters in February, and fails again, it appears that my vision for Tekoa differs from that of many Tekoa patrons, and new leadership would then be appropriate!
The city still has property we would like to sell on Sheridan Street. The property has both water and sewer hook-ups and consists of a little over a 50’x100’ lot. Contact city hall if interested.
The council approved a 2% pay raise for the four city employees. They also decided to cap employees’ health insurance at its present level.
Kynda and I met again with the Spokane Riverkeepers and the Department of Ecology concerning our discharge into Hangman Creek. I don’t want to alarm everyone with huge sewer rate increases. However, I also want our community to know that possibly in the next 10 years, we will need to address the reality that neither DOE nor Riverkeepers want Hangman Creek to be the recipient of our wastewater!
The pay phone located by the old city hall building was discussed as we reviewed the 2017 budget. We budget about $850 each year to maintain this phone. My question is, do we need this added expense to our budget? Please let us know your thoughts before our December 5 meeting.
Often patron’s request that a particular job needs to be addressed by our city maintenance crew, all two of them! This request might be replacing a traffic sign, filling in a ditch, or possibly clearing out an alley. Because of my age, I often forget to relay the message, so when you pay your monthly utility bill, note your concern, and Tara will maintain a list of jobs that may need to be addressed. This sort of eliminates the middle man….me!
In closing, I would like to thank the following for their efforts to reinstate the school’s Homecoming bonfire. It was a success and no doubt will become an annual event. Those mostly responsible include Melinda Wilkins, Diane Harp, Jennifer French and the booster club, Jason Kramer, and Heaton Farms!!
Enough for this month. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Day, and now we can look forward to snow!! You can exclude me from ‘we’ however.