Mosquito Fogging to Begin ....... We will be fogging for mosquitos in May, on Wednesday evenings. If you do not want your porperty fogged, you will need to call City Hall by Monday, May 9, at 4:00 p.m.
Reminder - Your garbage needs to be out by 5 a.m. on Wednesday mornings to be sure it gets picked up! Also, because of Memorial Day, garbage pick-up will be on Thursday that week.
HEALTHY Tekoa News!
You may be a friend, parent or businessman, but have you noticed you often do much more? You might be comforting a teen that just broke yp with his girlfriend and feels hopeless, questioning a student whose conversation is rapid and confusing, or even worrying if you need to ask the question, "Are you thinking about suicide?" Youth Mental Health First Aid class can help you be a first responder to youth in crisis and how to respond to them. You will be given better tools to handle crisis that feels nonjudgmental, safe and inspires hope for the youth instead of the often misunderstood and embarrassed feelings a youth has when talking about mental health. Everyone should be a youth mental health first aider, just like everyone should know CPR! Youth Mental Health First Aid class is on May 7 from 8 to 5 at Tekoa High School. It's free with lunch provided too, but you need to preregister by calling Diane at 284-2781. Prescription medication can also be misused by kids in crisis. Did you know Tekoa teens say it is easy to access and use prescription medication? Sixty-four percent of kids aged 12 to 17 who abused pain relievers say they got them from friends, home or relatives, typically without their knowledge. The Tekoa Pharmacy prescription drop box can now recycle your 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. Mark your calendars for Family Day at Ruhl Park. Nerf Gun Olympics is on May 14 at noon. Games and snacks are free, but a parent is required for kids to participate. Keep Talking Tekoa!
~~Empire Theatre Presents "Elvis," as performed by Brad Mitchell and Company on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00. Come early for best seating!
MESSAGES FROM THE MAYOR~~~~~
Welcome to Spring! Let me begin the month's newsletter with our usual spring-time problem--lawns needing mowing. As you may know, we contact residents that dont keep their yards mowed, and we also contact absentee property owners (banks, mortgage companies, and private individualsthat own lots/houses in Tekoa) and offer to mow their lawns ($30/hour) or help them find someone else to mow. Our rationale is simply to reduce fire danger and any infestation of rodents/pests on unkempt property. We appreciate hearing from city residents who beleive their neighboring property isnt being maintained.
If you are interested in Tekoa's revised animal ordinance, pick up a copy at City Hall.
At our next council meeting, we will review both our short-range and long-range goals. As with our animal ordnance, copies of our 2014-2015 goals are available upon request.
The City of Tekoa, the Empire Theatre and Healthy Tekoa Coalition received approximately $34,000 from the county commissioners. The monies will be used to construct a ramp between the theatre and the community center, to build a handicapped-accessible restroom in the community center, and to replace the current heating system with one that is more effecient. We are hoping that additional grant funding will enable us to improve the lgihting in the center and do some repairs on the north wall.
The council is supportive of maintaining the burn pile at its present location, but with two very important reminders: Only burnable yard wastes please, and if you bring grass cuttings, use your rake to spread the cuttings evenly over the ground. Grass cuttings simply dont burn well!!
We may barricade part of the sidewalk at the corner of Crosby and Connell, due to some rock falling from the structure.
We are still trying to get funding for a sidewalk along Highway 27, from Line Street to Main Street. The hang-up appears to be the bridge crossing.
Since the gravel roads are already dusty, we would like to ask everyone to drive slower on them. I'm sure your neighbors who live on a gravel road would appreciate your help with this!
The noon whistle is coming as well as cell service... ...so says my internal optimism. Seriously, both should be a reality sooner---or later! Cross your fingers; what else can I say?