***Duane and Kevin would like to ask everyone to not put any food grease/oil down your drains. This goes for anything else that doesn’t belong down the sewer pipes.They would greatly appreciate your help! Thank you.
Final Budget Hearing for 2018…..The City of Tekoa will hold the 2018 final budget hearing at the December 4, 2018, council meeting after 7:00 p.m. at the City of Tekoa Council Chambers. All citizens are invited to attend.
***The City of Tekoa is looking for a building inspector. This is a part-time, as-needed position. Call City Hall at 284-3861 for an application. Closing date is Friday, December 15, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.
***We would like to thank Brian Bothman from Avista; and Shane Monroy, Scott Marsh and Andy Fry, from Frontier, for volunteering to put up the Christmas decorations and taking care of the banners throughout the year.
REMINDER: Your city bill is due no LATER than the 25th of the month.If payment is received past this date, you will be charged a late fee of $15.00.
Healthy Tekoa News!Please remember to keep your family’s mental health in mind this holiday season. Holidays can include some unwanted guests—mental health crisis, depression, anxiety, and substance use. For many people, the holidays are filled with joy, hope, and love. But holidays are also a very difficult time, especially for individuals who live with a family member who has depression, anxiety, or substance use disorder. If you would like to talk to someone, you can text the crisis text line at 741741, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Ideas to help get through a rough holiday: spend time with a special friend, watch a favorite movie or go out to a movie, plan something for the next week to look forward to, volunteer to help others, take a walk, or get some other form of exercise. Healthy Tekoa Coalition will teach QPR—question, persuade and refer—suicide prevention training on January 8, at 4:00 p.m. at the Tekoa Library.
Tree of Sharing for local children--tags available at Banner Bank
December 15--Gingerbread House build-off and competition judging at Éclair’s (Time TBA)
December 16--“Our Town Christmas” at the Empire Theatre, 7:00 p.m.
December 30--Free Family Holiday Movie at the Empire Theatre (Time TBA)
It is one of those times when I have good news/bad news to report. First the good news…our street levy appears to be passing at 67%! I thank our constituents for their support, so we can continue upgrading our gravel roads. The bad news is we were not awarded the TIB grant to finish the Park Street project. We will apply again next year!
The council repealed the Chronic Nuisance Ordinance. There were several areas needing to be addressed before being submitted to the council for their approval.
Mr. Andersson now must request to meet with an appeals committee, if he so desires, to appeal the recommendation of the unfit dwelling committee. This committee found his property on Main and Crosby Streets unfit!
We discovered the west wall of our museum/library in need of repair. More on the cost of this repair will be included in future newsletters.
The council is advertising for a City Building Inspector. Zach Lanham now holds this position. The city pays the building inspector $500/month. Anyone interested in this position should apply at City Hall.
We plan to have a community meeting on Monday, January 22, at the Tekoa High School multipurpose room, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will inform city patrons of our proposed time line to address required upgrades to our wastewater plant. As I have written before, we will not be able to discharge our treated wastewater into Hangman Creek in the near future. Several options will be presented by our engineering firm with comments from the Department of Ecology and Spokane River keepers. This is a meeting you might want to attend!!
We are accepting applications from businesses or proposed businesses to rent the Old City Shop building on Crosby Street by January 1, 2018. Anyone interested should call City Hall for more information.