March 1 - Ambulance Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
March 1 - Hospital Distrcit Meeting, 6:30 p.m. - City Hall
March 1 - Senior Pinochle, 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
March 2 - Tekoa Bike Club, 8:30 a.m. - Eclair's
March 4 - Chamber Meeting, 7:30 a.m. - Eclair's
March 8 - HTC, 9:00 a.m. - Kathy Kramer's Home
March 8 - Fire Dist. #1 Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
March 8 - Park and Rec. Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
March 14 - PTO, 7:00 p.m. - THS Library
March 15 - Senior Pinochle, 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
March 21 - Empire Theatre Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Feeding Station
March 21 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Council Chambers
March 24 - Distribute Commodities, 9 a.m. until food is gone - City Hall
March 28 - Ambulance Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
March 29 - School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
~The City of Tekoa has two openings for council positions.
If interested please contact City Hall at 284-3861.
The positions close at noon on March 4, 2016.
~The City of Tekoa will hold a special meeting on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be to interview council candidates.
~The City of Tekoa is looking for spring/summer, part-time help to do mowing, painting, cleaning and maintenance. Must be older than 18, with a driver’s license and able to haul push mower to job sites. Pays $10.00 an hour. Call city hall if interested at 284-3861. Job closes on March 18, 2016, at noon.
HEALTHY Tekoa News!As a parent of a teenager, you may have spoken to your child about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but did you know prescribed medications are also a cause for concern? Teens say it is easy to access prescription medication at home. It is estimated that 6.5 million Americans use prescription drugs non-medically, and 64% of kids age 12 to17 who abused pain relievers, say they got them from friends or relatives, typically without their knowledge. There are three steps to keeping prescription medications safe. 1. Monitor the number of pills you have! 2. Secure and safeguard the pills you keep at home! 3. Dispose of expired and unused medications! The good news, Tekoa residents will soon have a new prescription drop box for expired or unused medications (except controlled substances) and all controlled substances can be dropped in the drop box at the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office in Colfax. Watch for signs and flyers at the Tekoa Pharmacy in March for the prescription drop box grand unveiling. Mark your calendars for the Annual Rising Stars Talent Show on April 15, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Empire Theatre. Need more information, visit www.drugfree.org. Keep Talking Tekoa!
Whitman County Landfill Spring Clean-up week
Friday, April 8 to Saturday, April 16, 2016. $35.00 per ton ($15.00 minimum).
No commercial or business haulers, residential waste ONLY.
Self-haul your materials to the Whitman County Landfill and Transfer Station.
Mon-Sat 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tekoa Library News:How long have you lived in Tekoa? Do you have a story to tell? Tekoa Library is hosting a special rural heritage interactive display and sharing session with guest Librarian Sarah McNight. It will be held on Wednesday, March 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. A special display with the old photos, other heritage information and a digital recorder will be part of the program. Tekoa residents are encouraged to come and share their local history, and be recorded so the memories can be kept. Kids club is on early release Wednesday, March 16 from noon to 1 p.m. Kids can play one of the dozens of board games, Wii, or computer games. Storytime continues every Thursday at 1 p.m. Preschool aged kids hear great stories, make a craft and have fun. Like the Tekoa Library Facebook page to stay up-to-date, bookmark the library’s webpage www.whitco.lib.wa.us or call Diane at 284-3121 during Tekoa Library hours. Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30-6 p.m. and Thursday from noon-6 p.m. Need help when the Tekoa Library is closed? Call the Colfax branch of the Whitman County Library toll-free at 877-733-3375.
Tekoa Park and Rec News: The Tekoa Parks & Recreation Board is looking to replace a board member. The Park Board oversees the Tekoa Swimming Pool and Parks. The board meets once a month. If interested, please submit a letter of interest to: Tekoa Parks Board, PO Box 568, Tekoa, WA 99033, by March 4. A new board member will be chosen at the March 8 meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall. We would also like to thank our community for voting on this last ballot, the levy passed, so the Tekoa Pool and parks will be open this summer!
Messages from the Mayor—
What beautiful weather for February! I wonder if this will become the norm? No doubt, all of us can appreciate not only the mild winter weather, but also the cost of fuel oil.
On with city business…We are in the process of writing a grant to build a wheelchair ramp, connecting the theatre with the community center. The grant will also include a wheelchair accessible restroom in the community center, as well as, a more efficient heating system, enhanced lighting, and some structural needs.
The city has made an agreement with the school district, on a price for the city owned football field complex. The school district will pay $1,000 to the city, plus all other closing costs. This sale will allow the school to seek grant monies for renovating this area for both fall and spring sports.
The city has hired Cecilia Gatica and Armondo Sanchez as our cemetery groundskeepers. They will replace Teresa Hoke-House, who resigned from this position last fall.
We have at least four community members interested in the two council positions that need to be filled. Interested candidates will meet with the council on March 7, 2016, to determine who will be added to our city council. The deadline to apply is March 4 at noon.
Now that spring is approaching, we all need to get our properties looking nice and presentable. The city receives numerous phone calls from neighbors of property owners, appearing to be in violation of our junk ordinance. Also of concern, as the summer approaches, is the threat of fire and the appearance of rodents in vacant lots.
Someone inquired as to the number of outside cats a resident may have, and also the number of dogs. Our animal ordinance limits outside cats to (4) and (3) dogs over the age of 6 months per residence. City Hall has been receiving multiple calls from irate neighbors of dog owners who allow their dogs to run. We are asking our city guys to assist Mike Bogenreif, Code Enforcement Officer, in issuing citations when dogs are seen out running loose. Fines begin at $25.00 and up to $100.00 for subsequent offenses. Please keep your dogs tied up or in a fenced yard!