July 4 - Hospital District Meeting, 7:30 a.m. - City Hall
July 4 - Ambulance Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
July 4 - Senior Pinochle, 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
July 5 - Tekoa Bike Club, 8:30 a.m. - Eclair's
July 5 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
July 7 - Chamber Meeting, 7:30 a.m. - Feeding Station
July 11 - HTC, 9:00 a.m.- Kathy Kramer's Home
July 11 - FD #1 Commissioners Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
July 12 - Tekoa Fair Association, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
July 12 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
July 17 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
July 18 - Senior Pinochle, 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
July 18 - Park and Rec. Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
July 19 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m.- Tekoa Community Church
July 25 - Empire Theatre Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Feeding Station
July 25 - School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
July 26 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
July 27 - Distribute Commodities, 8:30 a.m. - City Hall
July 31 - Ambulance Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
City Hall will be closed on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, in celebration of Independence Day Holiday.
Garbage pick-up will be a day late on Thursday, July 6.
PELLET STOVES FOR SALE: The City of Tekoa is accepting sealed bids on a package deal for two pellet stoves and piping. The newest one is a Heatilator, and the other is a Turbo Fire Pellet Stove. The minimum bid for both is $400.00. Sealed bids will be accepted at the City of Tekoa in person or at PO Box 927, Tekoa, WA 99033, until Friday, July 14, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. The envelope must say Pellet Stove Bid on the outside of the envelope. For questions, call 509-284-3861.
Messages from the Mayor—
I can safely write that our annual Slippery Gulch celebration day was a huge success! I would like to thank all volunteers who hosted this event plus the weather man for such a pleasant day! The Slippery Gulch committee spends a considerable amount of time planning this event and is commended.
As some as you know, we got a visit from the Washington Gaming Commission because of our raffle and duck race. Whoever turned us in to the state will be disappointed, because the agent who responded to the complaint was here to help us do it right, rather than shut down two revenue sources! The concerned individual could have contacted the committee rather than the state, but possibly his/her intent was to embarrass the town rather than provide useful information!!
I would like to congratulate Gary & Salli Heaton who were our Grand Marshals, and Tim St. John and Tim McClurg who were honored as our veterans.
On to other topics that need to be addressed: The city rented the fence around the Andersson building, and it’s expensive. Now that Slippery Gulch is behind us, the city will look to either buy fencing, find available fencing in the area, or continue renting. The city’s concern with renting is that we may have to secure this building for months, possibly even longer. Much depends on Mr. Andersson’s decision as to the future of this structure. The city will bill Mr. Andersson for all costs the city has incurred currently and in the future.
We are in touch with the owners of the old bowling alley; the property on Water Street is in the process of being cleaned up; the lot by the high school has been sold, and the new owner is planning to build. We are still working on the partially burned house on Truax Street.
It appears that the Chamber of Commerce may organize a forum for all candidates who are running for city council as well as positions on the park board and school board. I believe it is important that our citizens have an opportunity to question each candidate’s views on important city issues. No doubt, more of this topic will be in my future newsletters.
The streets we plan to chip-seal include the following:
1 - Line Street to Lebo Street to Truax
2 – Howard/Warren to Henkle
3 – Howard/Main to Park, Lake/Park to Main, Lake/Main to Henkle, Lake/Henkle into
4 – College/Main to College/Park
5 – Farmington Rd/Park to Lindsey St.
Cost of this project:
Oil - $15,518.00
Rock to prepare streets - $16,119.00
Labor estimate to prepare streets - $3,300.00
Rental of roller - $700.00
Contingency Costs (10%) - $3,563.00
Total cost of this project - $39,200.00
The council decided to ask for a $50,000.00 street levy to ensure there were monies available to fix pot holes and repair other streets in town that need attention.
By the way, if we fix the road to Farmington so it “holds” until next summer, the estimated cost is $3,000.
I will end my newsletter with an update on our Community Center. The restrooms are almost finished, and they look great. Next phase of our project is to remove the false ceiling and dry wall the original ceiling. We have also begun receiving bids on a heating system.