Healthy Tekoa News!Family Night Out focus is strengthening the bonds between students and community…and school… and family. On January 19th the family night out is making spirit crafts during our home basketball game. Coalition volunteers will be in the high school library from 3-6 p.m. for you and your children to stop by and make a school spirit craft. Increasing a young person’s bond to school, community, and family can help him/her get better grades, have higher test scores, and make that person less likely to have emotional distress, drink or use drugs. Other upcoming HEALTHY events: QPR (question persuade and refer) suicide prevention 1-hour training on January 8th at 6 p.m. at the Tekoa Library. Incredible Years Parenting workshop series at the Rosalia and Tekoa Libraries starting January 18th at 6 p.m. Contact Diane Harp to register at firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendees get free books, snacks, and a gift card. Your babysitter will be paid by the coalition. Healthy Tekoa meets January 9th at 9 a.m. at Kathy Kramer’s home. Join us.
Slippery Gulch News: This year June 15-17, 2018, is the 90th annual Slippery Gulch celebration. The Slippery Gulch Committee is looking for ideas and volunteers to help with the weekend events. We would like to invite you to our monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Éclair’s starting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
The Tekoa Christmas Fund Committee would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who so generously supported the Christmas Fund again this year. We were able to assist 168 adults and children – which represents 58 households in Tekoa. A donation was also made to the Tekoa Emergency Fund. Thank you again for your generous support of our annual Christmas Fund Collection!
~Liz Smith and Shannon McHargue
Messages from the Mayor ~
I’m writing my newsletter prior to our last council meeting of the year, and there will be several decisions by the council that will not be included in this newsletter. One has to do with the leasing of the Old City Shop building. So far, there has been only one applicant.
I appreciate the support for our street levy. We will now inform the Whitman County Highway department that we want them to plan on chip-sealing as many gravel roads as they have time for. The streets we previously identified are probably more than they will be able to chip-seal, but it can’t hurt to list them anyway.
Two new members to your city council were sworn in: Wendy Sienknecht is replacing Ted Blaszak and Jason Fletcher is taking Alyssa Heagy’s position.
Be sure to put January 22, at 6:00 p.m. on your calendar! This is the date of the community meeting at the Tekoa High School to hear the Spokane Riverkeepers and the Department of Ecology discuss our wastewater plant. Our engineering firm will probably run the meeting!!
Next spring, the council will have to address the west wall of the library/museum building. The outer brick wall is deteriorating and will need to be replaced!
As many of you know, Zach Lanham has resigned as our building inspector. To date, we have three very qualified people who have submitted their application’s for this position. A committee led by Dave Tysz will interview the candidates in the coming weeks. We have greatly appreciated the efforts of Zach over the years.
Mr. Andersson appealed the decision of the Unfit Building Committee. The committee recommended the building be demolished or repaired in a timely manner. The appellate committee will meet with Mr. Andersson early in January.
The crew at city hall would like to wish all a belated Merry Christmas and hope you all have a happy New Year!