It’s time for our 2nd annual 4th of July community bar-b-que! This year our festivities will begin at 1 p.m. at the Community Center with a potluck bar-b-que and a sidewalk chalk art competition. Don’t forget to brush up on your American and local history as we begin candy trivia at 3 p.m., sponsored by Tekoa Library. At 4 p.m. we will be relaxing at the Empire Theater with a family movie. Following the movie we will head back to the Community Center to finish off any leftovers from lunch. Thanks to Every Woman Can for donating all of the leftover soda and waters from their golf event. We’ll be able to cool off with a refreshing beverage! We are still accepting nominations for Random Acts of Kindness and July Yard of the Month. Email your recommendations to TekoaNW@gmail.com or in the Facebook group. The winners will be presented with their certificate of appreciation following lunch. Any businesses interested in sponsoring the town celebration, please contact Alyssa Heagy at TekoaNW@gmail.com.
Tekoa Library News:Tekoa Library is sponsoring American History Trivia Night July 4th at 3 p.m. at the Tekoa Community Center. Play alone or in teams. Win prizes. This will count towards the adult summer reading grant prize entry. Attend the Traveling Lantern special at Gymkhana Park, performance on July 20th at 5 p.m. This is an interactive theatre program for kids of all ages. Summer Reading for kids ends July 26th and on August 31st for teens and adults. Get your reading logs at the Tekoa Library, fill them in and win a prize for just reading! Free Family Movie Wonder at the Empire Theatre at 4 p.m. on July 4th sponsored by the Healthy Tekoa Coalition. This film is amazing and inspiring as it tells the story of a boy with differences who struggles to fit in when he enters public school for the first time. Summer reading continues until July.
Messages from the Mayor~
I would first like to thank the many volunteers that made our Slippery Gulch Celebration such a success. Events such as this not only bring people to Tekoa but they also encourage some to decide to make Tekoa their new home!
There are several properties in town that need to be addressed. This is my project for this month, and hopefully we can achieve some success with at least some of the troublesome properties. By the way, if you observe a lot that requires mowing or a sidewalk that is hindered by tree limbs, let us know!
Our city ordinance allows fireworks only on the 4th of July. If you want to detonate fireworks on other dates, you need to get a permit!! This ordinance does make some sense, because people with dogs often leave town on the 4th and go somewhere where their animals will not be frightened by the noise of fireworks.
We applied for a grant to finish Park Street around the corner to Main Street. If we receive this grant, we must replace water lines from Park to Main Street. Our cost will be around $80,000!
The council voted to oil gravel roads in town. We tried this several years ago and were not satisfied with the results. However, we believe the composition of this oil product will last longer and be less expensive. Plans to oil these streets are tentatively planned for the second week in July.
The council voted 4 to 3, not to vacate any streets or alleys in town. This will please our attorney who has always advised against vacating either a street or alley unless it’s absolutely necessary.
The city will be purchasing “cat” traps for residents that have stray cats on their property. We have a home for these cats on a rural farm! Call city hall if interested in using one of these traps.
The council will be sending a letter to Mr. Andersson giving him until Labor Day weekend to remove the upper floor of his building and dispose of the materials. Letters will also be sent to owners of properties that have concerns by the city.
The council also agreed to run another street levy but this time for $25,000 rather than $50,000 which was the levy amount last year. This year’s levy will be earmarked for chip-sealing, oiling, and repairs on our streets.
I heard many positive comments concerning our Tekoa Community Center. We have plans to continue renovating this building with .09 grant money from the county. The work will be done during the winter months.
Lastly, someone painted the rocks and wall by the house on Howard Street that a controversial couple planned to rent. Well, they aren’t moving to Tekoa, so it appears whoever did the painting should now remove the paint from the rocks and garage!!