~~~The City of Tekoa will be closed on Friday, October 14; clerks will be attending a clerks meeting.
~~~The City of Tekoa will hold a preliminary budget hearing and tax levy hearing for 2017. The hearings will be held on Monday, October 17, 2016, after the hour of 7:00 p.m. during the regular meeting in the council chambers at Tekoa City Hall. All citizens are encouraged to attend.
~~~HEALTHY Tekoa News! Healthy Tekoa will again host a Guiding Good Choices parent workshop for all adults who parent children. The workshop will run in October and November (dates and times to be determined by parents’ schedules). Families with children in grades 3-9 are encouraged to participate in the program. As we know, children evolve from parent-pleasing little ones to adolescents who yearn for independence and who like to test boundaries! Invest your time and learn some valuable tools to help reduce at-risk behaviors and increase family bonding. Email Diane Harp to register, or get more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enrollment is free, childcare is paid for, and snacks will be provided. Free Family Fall Carnival returns Saturday, October 29, from 1-3 p.m. in the Tekoa Grade School gym. There will be over 14 different games and information tables for families to participate in. Family Night Out and parenting programs are part of a community-wide initiative to build strong family bonds, promote healthy choices, and improve communication within a family and community. To attend a free event, kids simply need to bring their parent/s with them. If you have an idea for a family night out, please contact Diane Harp at 284-2781.
~~~Murder at the Mystery Manor: A dinner event “toDIEfor”! Brought to you by the Best Western Wheatland Inn, Colfax, WA, October 28 or 29, 2016. Sign up now! Limited availability. RSVP at 509-397-0397.
~~~Roy Schulz would like to thank the following people for volunteering their time in helping to paint our airport runway: Bob and Patti Gatherer, Rich Davis, Wade and Margie Grandpre, Doug Bruce and Steve Cunningham.
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November 26, 2016.
Messages from the Mayor—
Fall as arrived! We do have four distinct seasons of weather. My preference is the fall except for leaf raking and putting all of my wife’s ‘yard art’ away for the winter!
We had a busy council meeting this month with a variety of agenda items. I am going to highlight just a few.
The council agreed to further study three recommendations from the public safety committee. One is to research a future ordinance that would allow neighbors to sue property owners who continually allow illegal activity on their property or if their property is not maintained. Another recommendation is to pursue a neighborhood watch program. The last recommendation would establish a five-person board that would identify and address properties in Tekoa that constitute a hazard (fire, rodent) due to lack of normal maintenance. This board would work with our code enforcement officer in order to address such properties. If interested in becoming a member of this board, please contact city hall.
Our street levy was discussed again. We want to remind patrons to vote this November on this levy. If the levy passes, we will again continue chip-sealing gravel roads. We are also hoping to receive grant monies to pave Main Street and to finish the Park Street project.
The council again requested bids on the renovation project for the theatre and community center. The last set of bids was far over our anticipated expenses for these projects. This time, we are requesting bids to be broken down, so we can determine what parts of these projects the city and/or volunteers can do.
No doubt, the council will need to make a determination on future sewer rates. Currently our sewer rate/household is $46.00. If we are forced to do some major improvements at our sewer plant, and if we want grants to help pay for these improvements, our sewer rate has to be in the $60.00/month range! The higher the rate, the more grant money!! More information will be in future newsletters.
The council began reviewing budget figures for the remaining months of this year plus preparing for the 2017 budget. Kynda does an excellent job of making conservative estimates on our anticipated incomes and a more liberal estimate of anticipated expenditures. Consequently, our city budget is balanced with a little to spare.