December 3 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
December 4 - Ambulance Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
December 4 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Comm. Church
December 4 - Hospital District Meeting, 6:30 p.m. - City Hall
December 5 - Tekoa Bike Club, 8:30 a.m. - Eclair's
December 5 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Comm. Church
December 6 - Empire Theatre Meeting, 5:30 p.m. - Feeding Station
December 7 - Chamber Meeting, 7:30 a.m. - Feeding Station
December 11 - FD #1 Commissioners Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
December 11 - HTC, 9:00 a.m. - Kathy Kramer's Home
December 12 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Comm. Church
December 17 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
December 18 - Park and Rec. Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
December 18 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Comm. Church
December 19 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Comm. Church
December 19 - School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
December 20 - Tekoa Food Bank, 8:30 a.m. - City Hall
December 24 - Ambulance Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
December 26 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Comm. Church
December 26 - Neighbors' Watch Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Feeding Station
****The City of Tekoa will hold their final budget hearing for 2019 during the regular meeting on Monday, December 3, 2018, after the hour of 7:00 p.m. at the Tekoa Council Chambers. All citizens are invited to attend. Kynda Browning, Clerk/Treasurer
****The City of Tekoa is accepting letters of interest to replace Mayor Wilson’s council position for one year. If you are interested in applying, please send a letter or drop off a letter, to the City of Tekoa, PO Box 927, Tekoa, WA 99033, by Friday, December 14, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. The council will interview candidates at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 17, 2018, before the regular council meeting.
****City Hall will be closed on Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25, for Christmas. We will also be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, for New Year’s Day. Garbage pick-up will be a day late for both holidays, picking up on Thursdays.
Tekoa Park and Recreation is sponsoring the Christmas Lighting Contest again for 2018. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners will receive a cash award. Sign-up sheets are located at C&D's, Banner Bank, and Éclair’s. Deadline for the contest is December 16th.
Messages from the Mayor ****
Greetings! Effective November 19th, I was appointed your new mayor! Yes, this is new to all of us. I wasn’t expecting it, and I’m sure neither were you! Regardless, I want you all to know I’m very prepared to hold this office, and I’ll do my best to keep you in the forefront of my decisions. Before I deliver my own introduction, I’d like to say some things in support of our former mayor, John Jaeger:
I would like to thank John Jaeger for his commitment to Tekoa. John led his council to successfully navigate our city budget into the “black” when he took office 11 years ago. During my tenure on the council, I personally witnessed John rallying the citizens of Tekoa to tackle a very daunting and expensive upgrade to our antiquated water and sewer systems in the city. John supported our local businesses and was a key resource in re-purposing the building now known as the Community Center. John made the effort to listen to you and his council for the last 11 years, leading us to where we are now. Yes, there were bumps in the road. Yes, there were some disagreements (including my own!). What we all need to understand is “You can’t please everyone” is written in stone, somewhere…. Regardless, I believe because of John’s efforts, we now have an excellent plan in place to be successful in Tekoa. Personally, I think John did the best that he could, which--quite honestly--is the only thing that matters at the end of the day. Please join me in thanking John for his efforts for Tekoa. I truly believe John’s intentions were always, and will always be, in our best interest. I appreciate you, John Jaeger. Thank you and Godspeed, my friend!
Let me introduce myself: I’m Troy Wilson. I’ve been blessed with a beautiful family that has kept me around for the last 29 years. I have a boatload of kids; all of them are gorgeous. I have 7 grandchildren; all of them even more gorgeous because I get to send them home at the end of the day. I’m tall. I’ve got copper red hair, which essentially means I can get sunburned in the dead of winter. I like to sing. I like to play guitar. I like to crack jokes. I have to use reading glasses now and then. I think I’m a fisherman. I LOVE to go camping. Honestly…. I think…. I’m… mostly normal!?
Anyway, my family and I moved to Tekoa in 2006. We found the house that we’ve DREAMED of for years in this very community! My wife, Alicia, and I have 5 children. Most of you know them all, and most of you know all of our grandchildren who run around all over our safe streets here in Tekoa. We gather every chance we can and very much enjoy living in this wonderful and unique community! I’m so very glad that we found Tekoa, and I’m so very happy to be a part of … HERE!
I’ve worked for a large telecom company for almost 19 years. In my capacity at that company, I’ve transferred from Oregon, to Nebraska, and now to this ground that you and I walk today. When Alicia and I were looking for a new home, we had a few priorities: We wanted a great place to raise our children. We wanted community. We wanted small town America. We wanted privacy. We wanted, Tekoa! We found our life’s goal for our family: TEKOA! We truly live in a very special piece of America here.
Enough about me! Here’s some neat stuff you need to know going forward: Today, I spoke to our new Washington State park ranger who delivered our permit to…LIGHT UP THE TRESTLE FOR CHRISTMAS! YESSS!!! Light It Up!!! I’ve spoken to both Monte and Fred this week, and you should expect to see some Christmas Spirit in the very near future! Please join me in thanking them for their efforts in this. They’re volunteering for US. That’s above and beyond in my book! There are more people involved in this, and I don’t know who all of you are. Please accept my thanks; this is a wonderful thing you’re doing for Tekoa!
I spoke with the governor’s office this week regarding the railroad terminating the lease for the rodeo grounds. I’m still waiting for a call from the railroad to discuss their intentions. In the interim, please know that I’m engaged in this process and will keep all of you informed to the best of my ability.
The City of Tekoa will be burning the grass/brush piles soon. Please be prepared for a day or three where it’s going to be smoky around town. I think this is an awesome service to our citizens, and I love that we can provide that to you. If you have questions or concerns about it, let me know what you think.
Tekoa City Council authorized our sheriff’s office to utilize office space in Tekoa’s City Hall for police business. I’m very pleased that we can accommodate the sheriff and his deputies to do their work in a secure office environment. As a former deputy sheriff, I can personally attest that conducting field interviews in a police cruiser isn’t necessarily the best environment! Thank you, Council!
If you need to reach me, my home number is 284-2847. My cell number is: 509-428-9447. I promise you, I will return your call if you leave me a message!
Final thought: I’m not at City Hall every day of the week. I would ask if you have a question or concern about the operations in and around Tekoa, please call City Hall first. I’m confident Tara, Kynda, Duane or Kevin will be able to answer your question much more quickly than I can. See you soon, Troy