May 4 - City Council Meeting 7:00 p.m. - Council Chambers
May 5 - Ambulance Meeting 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
May 6 - Tekoa Bike Club 8:30 a.m. - Eclair's
May 7 - Hospital District Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
May 11 - PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. - THS Library
May 12 - Fire Dist. #1 Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
May 12 - HTC 9:00 a.m. - Kathy Kramer's Home
May 12 - Senior Pinochle 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
May 12 - Park and Rec. Meeting 7:00 p.m. - City Hall Council Chambers
May 13 - Tekoa Fair Association 7:00 p.m. - C & D's
May 18 - City Council Meeting 7:00 p.m. - Council Chambers
May 25 - Ambulance Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
May 26 - Senior Pinochle 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
May 28 - Distribute Commodities 9 a.m. - Until food is gone - City Hall
~~~City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. Garbage pick-up will be a day late on Thursday, due to the holiday.
Mosquito Fogging Notice
The City of Tekoa will begin fogging for mosquitos on Wednesday nights after the hour of 7:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, May 6, 2015. This will be depending on the weather. If you do not want your property fogged, you will need to notify City Hall at 284-3861 before 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6.
The chemical we use for fogging is Bio-mist.The MSDS data sheet can be obtained at City Hall.
Tekoa Library News: The Tekoa Library has exciting programs in May for children of all ages. On May 13, the library is holding another great early release day program from noon to 1:30 p.m. Kids will make a portable chess set to take on car trips. On May 27 at 4 p.m., teens and tweens will let the dominoes fall with guest librarian Nichole!! Preschool Story-time is held every Thursday at 1 p.m. Children age 0 to 6 and their caregivers enjoy this fun time to learn and share. Summer reading is just around the corner! This year the theme is Every Hero Has a Story. Mark your calendars early for summer reading projects on Thursdays, starting June 18 to July 23, from noon to 1 p.m. Want up-to-date information about library happenings and fun pictures? Make sure to like the Tekoa Library Facebook page; bookmark the library’s webpage, www.whitco.lib.wa.us or call Diane 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. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please see “Messages from the Mayor” for information concerning an open council position (applications must be received by June 12) and a summer maintenance/mowing position (applications to be received by May 8). Call City Hall for more information at 284-3861.
Messages from the Mayor—
Wet and windy---typical Eastern Washington weather during baseball/softball season!! Actually, it seems to rain only on Saturdays---which is a game day!
There, I got started with my newsletter and here goes!!
We received what is called .09 money from the County to re-roof the old city hall, museum and library. The money is to promote economic development, and our upstairs beauty salon and downstairs dance theatre fits the criteria. The city must provide 25% of the cost.
Our Code Enforcement Officer plans to drive around town in the early morning hours to determine if dogs are running loose. It has to be an irritation for property owners to remove dog waste out of their yard. To some dog owners, beware---it’s a $25.00 fine, and this is your warning.
A few comments concerning our Slippery Gulch Celebration on June 20, the celebration committee is looking for volunteers to help with the kid games and the 3-on-3 basketball games. If interested, call city hall and I will convey your interest to the committee. New this year will be the bike race, the Shrine band playing at the theatre, and the revival of the variety show. Here again, is a need for volunteers to help with and be in the show.
I am starting to act like an old scrooge, first with the morning dog concern, and now with one of my pet peeves---making U-turns in the middle of our downtown city streets!!! I am making a request to our county law enforcement to begin watching for this infraction. We have signs, but I think people believe it only means no U-turns at intersections.
As many of you know, our city’s fire rating is an eight (8), which is high. The lower the number, the lower your fire insurance premiums will be. Our goal is to lower the rating to a six (6) during the next year. I have no doubt this can happen!!
The city will again hire someone to help with summer maintenance. We pay $10/hour and this person would need to have a driver’s license and at times be able to transport a lawn mower. Call City Hall if interested at 284-3861 by May 8, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.
Again, cell service for Tekoa and the surrounding area is on the horizon---this isn’t the company by the way!!
Last, but not at all least; the council accepted the resignation of Eileen Soldwedel. It’s always necessary to throw out accolades for a departing individual and in Eileen’s case, it is very appropriate. She was outspoken and we all listened to what she had to say. She was always concerned about raising water and sewer rates, as well as, the amount of our street levy. To make a long story short, she watched over your money with an “eagle eye.” People like Eileen are invaluable in any size of government body, because she represented all members of her constituency. Anyone interested in filling her vacant position, please turn in a letter of interest to City Hall before June 12, 2015. The council will be interviewing candidates prior to the June 15 council meeting.