~~City Hall will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015, for Labor Day. Garbage will be picked up a day late on Thursday the 10th.
NOTICE: The September City Council meeting has been changed to Tuesday, September 15, at 7:00 p.m.
TEKOA EMPIRE THEATRE NEWS:
Tekoa Empire Theatre presents two fantastic shows in a whirlwind weekend. If you like to laugh, bring the family in on Saturday, September 19, at 7 p.m. for comedian Harry J. Riley. Admission is free for families with one or more adult and youth. This is a Healthy Tekoa sponsored Family Night to promote opportunities for family bonding. Spending time together promotes attachment and commitment to each other and to the community. The next show, Sunday, September 20, at 2 p.m. is the Cowboy Poets. The poetry and singing is funny, heartfelt, and enough to get any tenderfoot to giddy up. The cowboy poets include several local talents. David Nordquist, born and raised in Ellensburg, WA, spent his early years in the rodeo. Dick Warwick, of Oakesdale, WA, is a fourth generation farmer and written poetry his whole life. Gene Buchholz grew up farming and ranching in North Dakota and spent much of his life in Alaska. Lou Ann Carter, migrated to Lewiston, ID, singing, performing, and teaching through music as her way of communicating. Jim Aasen lives in Clarkston WA, but has traveled all over the northwest singing in honky-tonks. Each person in the Cowboy Poetry entourage has a unique presentation of song, story, and poetry. The show will wet your whistle for a low-down price of $12 for adults; $8 for youth, seniors and military; 5-and-under are free.
HARVEST CELEBRATION FESTIVAL and Canned Food Drive.:Oct. 3rd. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come and enjoy the festivities and welcome in autumn with Latah's "Harvest Celebration Festival"! A full day of Hayrides, Raffles, Pie Contests, Children's Games, and Much More! Bring a box or can of food to help replenish the shelves of the local North Palouse Community Bank that supports those in need in Latah, Rockford Fairfield, and Waverly. Questions? Contact Laurie Leitz at 509-286-3602 or Fern Adam at 509-286-3603.
Tekoa Elementary School raised $325 last year from collecting Box Tops! This year we are also collecting Labels for Education. The first submission deadline is October 1.Thank you for your support. Keep on clipping!
Tekoa Library News:
Our library is swinging into fall. Preschool Story Time starts Thursday, September 24, at 1:00. Children from zero to preschool age and their caregiver are invited to attend each week to hear stories, interact with other kids, and have fun. Kids Craft Club meets on early release day September 23. This month kids are watching a movie. Next month we will make a craft. If you have a craft you would like to teach in the library, please call Diane at 284-3121. Kids will be reminded each month about early release themes and crafts with a visit to the classroom by Diane and a flyer to take home. Reminder to all those using digital media: Downloadable books are free for library patrons. The library is featuring a new digital device each month. Currently we have a Samsung tablet for patrons to view. The library also has many online free resources like legal forms, Chilton’s, and testing practice sites for your college-bound kids. For more information about programs or other library services, please contact Diane during Tekoa Library hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30–6 p.m. and Thursday from noon – 6 p.m. or contact Whitman County Library toll-free at 877-733-3375.
Messages from the Mayor—
Cooler mornings and football tells me that fall is fast approaching. A reminder for all of you who have trailers, etc.: Plan to move them off the city streets before November 1.
The council decided to extend the no-parking area on Park Street to the alley between Broadway and Howard to make the Park/Broadway intersection safer.
The council also decided to follow an existing City Ordinance that states that water/sewer bill be payable by owners of homes/residences. This means that renters will not be billed, but the monthly water/sewer bill will be sent to the owners of the rental property only.
Now, let’s talk about chickens!! Our Ordinance states that all animals, with the exception of cats and dogs, must be contained in an enclosure. This means that one’s chickens cannot be on a neighbor’s property!
The city is again allowing citizens to dump yard wastes only in our burn pile. Just recently I removed card board boxes from the pile. We have a dumpster just for cardboard. You would think that a $150.00 fine would be enough encouragement to use the dumpster, even if it meant that you have to drive another 100 yards!!
The Park Street project is complete and looks nice. What an improvement at no cost to the city. That’s not quite true, since the project is funded through our State’s gas tax, which also funded the Warren and Henkle Street projects. By the way, we have now submitted grant application to re-pave Main Street, and we are waiting to see if the Transportation Improvement Board will approve this project.
The council is considering running a larger water line to the Goldenrod Cemetery as a solution to the low water pressure that prohibits proper maintenance of this facility. More discussion on this topic will be forthcoming.
Debra Blaszak is going to spearhead a “welcome wagon” program for people moving to Tekoa. If anyone who would like to be involved in this worthy project should call Mrs. Blaszak.
Lastly, our September council meeting will be Tuesday, September 15 rather than the scheduled September 21 date.
Hope this newsletter arrives after a good rainfall; one can only hope!!