January 4 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Council Chambers
January 5 - Ambulance Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
January 6 - Empire Theatre Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Feeding Station
January 6 - Tekoa Bike Club, 8:30 a.m. - Eclair's
January 8 - Chamber Meeting, 7:00a.m. - Eclair's
January 11 - PTO, 7:00 p.m. - Tekoa High School
January 12 - HTC, 9:00 a.m. - Kathy Kramer's Home
January 12 - Hospital Disrict Meeting, 6:30 p.m. - City Hall
January 12 - Fire Dist. #1 Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
January 12 - Senior Pinochle, 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
January 12 - Park and Rec. Meeting - MEETING CANCELLED
January 13 - Tekoa Fair Association, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
January 23 - Gala Opening-Empire Theatre, 5 - 7 Wine Tasting, 7:00 p.m. Julia Keefe Perf.
January 25 - Ambulance Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
January 26 - School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
January 26 - Senior Pinochle, 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
January 28 - Distribute Commodities, 9 a.m. - until food is gone - City Hall
City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
**The city council will be changing the charges for the water and sewer, beginning the first of January. The sewer rates will be decreased by $3.00, and the water rates will be increased by $3.00. Please call the office if you have any questions!
Tekoa Library News: Is it possible to learn math skills and have fun? Yes, with Tekoa Library’s Crazy 8’s Math Club for 4th and 5th grade students. Beginning Tuesday, January 12, from 3 to 4 p.m., children experience fun mathematical activities that both entertain and educate. Crazy 8’s Math Club runs for eight weeks. Space is limited, so call the Tekoa Library at (509) 284-3121 to register. Kids’ Club is on early release Wednesday, January 13, from noon to1 p.m. Kids can play one of the dozens of board games, Wii, or computer games. Early Learning Storytime continues every Thursday at 1 p.m. Preschool-aged kids hear great stories, make a craft and have STEM fun. “Like” the Tekoa Library Facebook page to stay up to date; bookmark the library’s webpage, www.whitco.lib.wa.us or call Diane at (509) 284-3121.The Tekoa Library is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30–6 p.m. and Thursday from noon – 6 p.m. Need help when the Tekoa Library is closed? Call the Colfax branch of the Whitman County Library toll-free at 877-733-3375.
HEALTHY Tekoa news! With your being so involved in your child’s education and well-being, imagine the strong bonds you could foster with more parenting tools. Every parent could use some extra resources in their parent toolbox, and that is what Guiding Good Choices parent workshops provide. The workshop runs for 5 sessions on Sundays from noon to 1:30, starting January 10, with free babysitting and snacks at Tekoa Grade School Library. Session topics include 1) How to prevent Problem Behaviors in Your Family. 2) How to Develop Healthy Beliefs and Clear Standards. 3) Avoiding Trouble. 4) Managing Conflict: How to Control and Express Your Anger Constructively. 5) How to Strengthen Family Bonds. Everyone who completes the class earns a $20 gift certificate. This workshop is provided free of charge by the HEALTHY Tekoa Coalition. Registration is easy; just call Diane Harp at 284-2781 or email your request to email@example.com.
Tekoa Park and Rec News: The Holiday lights contest was great this year! Way to decorate the town, Tekoa!! We would like to congratulate Jon and Dawna Meredith for winning first place this year! If you haven’t seen their house, please drive by; it is great! Second-place winners are the Ramirez family, and our-third place winners are Jesus and Carrie Sanchez! Congratulations!!!
Empire Theatre Gala Opening……
The Tekoa Empire Theatre will have their 2016 gala opening on Saturday, January 23, 2016. It will begin with wine tasting at the community center from 5 to 7. Julia Keefe will give a jazz singing performance in the style of Mildred Bailey at the theatre at 7 p.m.
Messages from the Mayor—
Out with the old, in with the new!! It’s a new year, a year when we vote in a new President. Let the political ads begin!!
This summer, in Tekoa, it will be relatively quiet with no projects due to both our street levy failure and our inability to secure any necessary grants.
We still may do a little chip-sealing. There is a part of Lebo Street that wasn’t completed last summer that may get chip-sealed. This really depends on whether the county would do such a small section of road. We should know by the first of the month.
It was discovered that a council person, Debbie Groom, had to resign from the city council due to the conflict-of-interest law. It appears that a member of a city council cannot have a spouse earning more than $18,000 a year. Anyone interested in serving on the city council should call City Hall for information on how they may be considered for this vacant position.
Someone asked if the street levy failure would adversely affect our snow plowing on streets and the removal of snow off down town city sidewalks. The answer is that neither will be affected. A large part of the levy was going to go to chip-sealing gravel roads. We are also able to transfer funds from the general fund to the street fund to meet any other necessary expenses to maintain our streets.
It appears that all council persons up for election, plus the mayor, were re-elected for another 4 years. I’m hoping that we can accomplish in the next 4 years what was accomplished in the last 4 years. This always depends on our constituents and their views on the direction they want their town to go.
By the way, our street levy was short two “yes” votes, or only one negative vote turned to a “yes” vote. In other words, your vote in local elections does count!!
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year’s Eve. This is the last you will hear from me in 2015. No doubt, some would like to not hear from me in 2016, but you are out of luck!