OCTOBER 27- School Board Mtg. 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
OCTOBER 27 - Senior Pinochle 6:30 p.m.- Tekoa Community Church
OCTOBER 29 - Distribute Commodities 9:00 a.m. - Until food is gone - City Hall
NOTICE: The City of Tekoa will hold public hearings for the following: the 2016 preliminary budget, the Shoreline Master Program, and a Community Development Block Grant planning grant. The hearings will be held during the Monday, October 19, 2015, council meeting, after the hour of 7:00 p.m. All citizens are invited to attend to give input.
NOTICE:Final meter readings will be read this month. Be sure to insulate your meters for winter!
Whitman County Fall Clean-up Week!
Monday, October 5, through Saturday, October 10. $35.00 per ton; minimum charge $15.00. No commercial or businesshaulers.Residential waste only! Whitman County Landfill Hours: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (509) 334-2400.
Healthy Tekoa Coalition: Are your teens driving you crazy? We’ve got the answer for you. Healthy Tekoa Coalition is offering a free online Parenting Wisely class. This class will help fill your parent toolbox. Once signed up, parents can take the course on their own PC, phone, or in the Tekoa Library. Parenting Wisely is proven to strengthen communication and problem solving skills while decreasing conflicts within the family. See Community Coordinator Diane Harp to sign up, or call 284-2781. The next Family Night Out is on Halloween. The coalition will be organizing the Fall Carnival at the grade school on October 31, from 1-3 p.m. Many community members and businesses donate time, goodies, and prizes for our families to have this free fun together. Remember, parents are required, and costumes are wonderful. Our annual community survey is out, and we need your help getting 200 filled out. If you are 18 or older, please complete a survey available at the library and Éclair’s. The five-minute survey is also online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WTON2015. Keep Talking Tekoa! Join Healthy Tekoa at our next meeting: October 13, at 9 a.m., at Kathy Kramer’s home.
TEKOA CHAMBER NEWS: You know about the Tekoa Chamber of Commerce scholarship, the Slippery Gulch Chamber breakfast, and the Easter egg hunt, but did you know the chamber promotes the Tekoa community online? Check out Tekoa at www.tekoachamber.com and on Facebook. Tekoa’s Chamber and our community are as busy as ever with promotional projects, and businesses keep opening. Need a chiropractor? Stop by Dr. Wade Randall’s new office on 107 S. Crosby. With over 30 years practicing, Wade understands the “ins and outs” of whole body and structural adjustments. He also offers a free consultation, with office visits costing no more than $30. The office is open Monday and Thursday, from 10-4, and no appointment is necessary. His phone is 282-3900. Starting in October, his wife, a massage therapist, will offer deep-tissue massage for both therapeutic and relaxation in an adjacent office in the same building. Remodeling for this service will be complete, and the Grand Opening is expected the first week of October. Prices are great at $50 an hour. Also, Defining Beauty, Permanent Cosmetics, recently set up shop in an office above the Thompson Barn Interior Décor on 125 N Crosby. Cheryl Gerling, with over 14 years’ experience, has done permanent make-up on celebrities and entertainers back in Las Vegas and has now applied her art in eye liner, eyebrow, and lips to several Tekoa residents. Cheryl offers a free consultation and pricing brochure. Call for an appointment at 592-6243. Contact Chamber President Diane Harp with questions or comments. We have a special evening meeting planned for November 5 at 7 p.m. at Éclair’s. Please join us.
Messages from the Mayor—
I wrote months ago that we will have cell service in Tekoa—many of you were doubters! At our council meeting, Doug Sienknecht reported that it’s a “done-deal.” So, probably before Thanksgiving, those of us who want cell service must switch to either Verizon or Sprint. Inland Cellular will be the cell service provider.
It looks like your mayor lost his job writing tickets for illegal U-turns and parking violations in downtown Tekoa. The Whitman County Sheriff’s Department will now handle this duty and right off, Sheriff Myers, himself, stopped a Fed-ex truck making an illegal U-turn on Crosby Street. That is good news! Because the sheriff and his deputies will now be patrolling downtown Tekoa, many of us will have to be more diligent with wearing seatbelts and really stopping at stop signs!!
The council will be preparing to write an ordinance concerning both recreational and medicinal marijuana. I don’t foresee a retail marijuana store in Tekoa, but I do want to know what local authorities can do regarding cooperatives growing marijuana within the city.
I read the Gazette story about the proposed closing of the John Wayne Trail… and who proposed the closing? Our own district representative, Joe Schmick!! I might not be so upset by this legislation, if it had become public knowledge with opportunities for input by individuals or communities!! Schmik’s proposal also caught the State Parks Department off guard, and they oversee the trail. More on this topic will be forthcoming.
The city has determined that it will cost about $5,000/block to chip-seal a gravel road. Now that we have the estimated cost, we can again plan to chip-seal other gravel roads in the next few years. I will have a list of roads that will be addressed next in my November newsletter.