***City Hall will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015, for Independence Day.
We have added a new feature to our website. If you would like to advertise a house you have for rent or for sale on our website, contact City Hall for more information 284-3861.
The City of Tekoa is looking for volunteers to beon the Tree Board. Contact City Hall at 509-284-3861 if you are interested.
The Annual Tekoa Yard Sale is Saturday, August 1. Sign up at the Tekoa Market or at City Hall beginning July 1. Cost is $5.00 which covers advertising, cost of balloon and plate, and your address on the map.
Park and Rec News:
Don’t forget to sign up for swim lessons! They will be held July 6 – 17and July 27 - August 7. The cost for the class is $20.00 per child. For more information contact the Tekoa Pool at 284-2383.
Messages from the Mayor—
I have a lot of news this month, so I’ll dispense with my usual monthly weather comments except, it would be nice if it would rain again!!
Last month I commented on our new city employee, Scott Puckett. Well, we lost him to the Tekoa School District, so we are again interviewing candidates who wish to work for the city in a maintenance position. We did enjoy having Scott work for the city and wish him well in his new employment.
Tekoa has a new councilman, Ted Blaszak, who will take over Eileen Soldwedel’s council position. I believe Ted will bring a wealth of experience to our city and city council.
The council will decide what to do with our wall on Warren Street. The decision will be whether to spend about $12,000 to $13,000 on a water-based epoxy that would be applied to the surface of the wall, then a colored textured sprayed-on coat followed by an acrylic sealer that has a lifetime guarantee.
You probably have noticed on the hardware reader board that we have discontinued all dumping at our burn pile. There will be a sign reminding everyone that we cannot take anymore yard waste until further notice. Also, we are developing a city ordinance that would bring a $150.00 fine for anyone dumping anything but yard waste. It is really irritating to see some of the materials people have dumped in our burn area. Now, it will cost those individuals $150.00!!!
While I am on my negative side, what would you think about charging absentee property owners (bank, mortgage companies, individuals, etc.) a set fee for maintenance of their property. This would mostly include mowing, but it would also include hauling away garbage and lawn waste, and trimming trees and bushes that block sidewalks. I am anxious to hear your comments.
On a more positive note, Avista will be installing LED street lights in Tekoa this summer. LED (light emitting diode) lights are more energy efficient, last longer and have a white light which will increase visibility, thus safety; furthermore, there will be a cost savings to the city of 20-30%.
Let me finish with a few comments about our Slippery Gulch Celebration. I believe we again had a great day, lots of activities and lots of food! I would like to recognize Tim St. John and his bike committee, Fran Martin and her variety show crew and cast, Cheri Currier who just makes our town more attractive, and last--but not least--our city crew and office personnel. They had a “to do” list, and each day it seems I added to it!! I think everyone got a little stressed! I really appreciate how our city employees go “way beyond” to make you proud of our community, especially on this day when we have so many visitors. I know there are many others who deserve recognition, but it’s time for me to end this, or you folks won’t take the time to read it again!