Neighbors’ Watch would like to congratulate Debra Blaszak and Eric Bretz! Eric is our first recipient of our quarterly award for a Random Act of Kindness. He was nominated for all his charitable work with Celebrate Recovery. Debra’s house and yard, receives accolades for the January Yard of the Month. Her house was nominated for all the care that has gone into restoring the home and yard. Great job to both on being positive influences in our community! If you see a yard that deserves recognition, please submit a nomination to TekoaNW@gmail.com before the first Tuesday of every month. February Yard of the Month will be announced in Facebook’s “Neighbor’s Watch-Tekoa, WA” on February 6, 2018. The next Random Act of Kindness award will be presented at our next potluck in April or May; more details to follow.
Messages from the Mayor
It’s hard to start this newsletter without commenting on the weather…… which I just did so let’s begin!!
The city now has a new building inspector. Steve Haxton has now replaced Zach Lanham. Those of you who have an active permit will need to call Steve at 509-981-2157. We are hoping Zach will assist Steve for the next couple months.
Work continues in our community center. If you haven’t been inside the building lately, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Since we didn’t have a lot of snow last month, our city guys have been able to spend a considerable amount of time remodeling the inside.
Mr. Andersson appealed the decision of our unfit building committee to an appeals committee. This committee agreed with the former group to reestablish the following guidelines:
1. 30 days to remove all debris and fallen bricks that are scattered around the south wall, extending onto area adjacent to the street.
2. 60 days to remove collapsed roof materials from building and remove from site.
3. 90 days to provide city with rehabilitation timeline plan with signed contracts with contractor.
At our January 22 council meeting, we heard recommendations from our engineering firm concerning our wastewater plant. The Department of Ecology and Spokane Riverkeepers also had representatives at the meeting and spoke about the pollution in Hangman Creek. The council may discuss the possibility of a sewer rate increase at our next meeting on February 5, at 7:00 p.m.
The city has rented the old city shop to Josh Sperber and his business, Panhandle Truck and Equipment Repair. I would like to thank Cliff Melton for all his work to make this facility more attractive and wish him well in his future endeavors.
Several years ago, I listed names of volunteers who have served and continue to serve our community. I need to again mention names of our dedicated volunteers. I have to start with the group so dedicated to our Empire Theatre. The following not only work tirelessly for the theatre but also in the adjoining community center: Ted Blaszak, Dan Rosey, Matt Korn, Ivan Mercer, Hal Whitman, Bruce Hanson, Fred Wagner, Kilo Lewis, Michael Stewart, Monte and Cheryl Morgan, Dave and Luke Akers, Meg Sutton, Eric and Wendy Bretz, Debbie Dean, John and Linda Miller, and Diane Harp.
My newsletter ends with a simple thank you to those individuals listed above.