January 2 - City Council Meeting, Meeting Cancelled
January 3 - Hospital District Meeting, 5:00 p.m. - City Hall
January 3 - Ambulance Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
January 3 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m., Tekoa Community Church
January 4 - Tekoa Bike Club, 8:30 a.m. - Eclairs
January 6 - Chamber Meeting, 7:30 a.m. - Feeding Station
January 10 - Park and Rec Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
January 10 - Fire District Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
January 10 - HTC, 9:00 a.m. - Kathy Kramer's Home
January 11 - Tekoa Fair Association, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
January 17 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
January 23 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
January 23 - Empire Theatre Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Feeding Station
January 26 - Distribute Commodities, 9:00 a.m. - City Hall
January 30 - Ambulance Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
January 31 - School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
****The regular January and February council meetings have been changed to January 23 and February 27 because of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and Presidents’ Day.
****We received notice from Empire Disposal: The Whitman County Landfill has raised their tonnage from $101 to $106 per ton. This increase will be effective January 1, 2017. You will see the increase on your end of January bill.
****Effective January 1, 2017, residential and commercial sewer rates will be $50.00 and the water rate $46.50. Outside city limits sewer will be $55.00 and water $53.00. The monthly surcharge rate for vacant homes and buildings with water and sewer lines will be $18.00 for water and $16.00 for sewer.
**** The Tekoa Empire Theatre Association is looking for volunteers to help with the many aspects of the theatre. If interested, please call Fran Martin at 284-2102.
****The Tekoa Park and Recreation Board is happy to welcome new park board member Jon Hall. There were eleven entries for the Christmas lighting contest. First place went to Larry & Virginia Heaton, second place Jon and Dawna Meredith, and third place the Sanchez-Gatica family.
HEALTHY Tekoa news! You are the most powerful influence in your child's life, more than friends, more than TV, and more than celebrities. That's why it's important they hear from you about marijuana and alcohol use. The teen years are a time for risk taking. Taking risks provides young people the opportunity to test their skills and abilities and discover who they are. However, some risks—such as smoking, using drugs, drinking and driving—can have harmful and long-lasting effects on a teen’s health and well-being. Parents have the most powerful influence in the lives of their teens. Talking with your teen about these topics can be hard, but it's one of the most important things you can do to keep them safe and healthy. Having open conversations will ensure they know your expectations, and how much you care about them. When parents make a habit of knowing about their teens--what they are doing, who they are with, and where they are and setting clear expectations for behavior with regular check-ins to be sure these expectations are being met--parents can reduce their teens’ risks for injury and drug and alcohol use. For tips on how to start the conversation, visit www.starttalkingnow.org. Keep Talking Tekoa!
Tekoa Library News: The Herblock Traveling Exhibit at the Tekoa Library
The Herblock Traveling exhibit is now on display at the Tekoa Library. This exhibit features five special panels displaying reproductions of the work of legendary Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herbert L. Block, famously known as “Herblock.” Produced by The Herb Block Foundation and crafted by Curator Harry Katz, the exhibit presents Herblock’s effort to defend the rights and freedoms of Americans through his political cartoons. Born on October 13, 1909, Herb Block, a native Chicagoan, spent his 72-year career fighting against abuses of the powerful. He began his editorial cartooning career at the Chicago Daily News and NEA Service before landing at The Washington Post in 1946. He wrote a dozen books chronicling the history of America. The U.S. Postal Service commissioned him to design the image for the stamp commemorating the 175th anniversary of the United States Bill of Rights. He received three Pulitzer Prizes and shared a fourth with The Washington Post for his cartoons. He was the recipient of innumerable awards and honorary degrees, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award the government can give. Herb Block was known as a gentle, self-effacing man with a steely resolve to use his work to bring injustices to light. The exhibit can be seen during regular library hours which are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 6 p.m., and Thursdays from 12 to 6 p.m. Illustrated brochures accompany the exhibit and are available at the library. For more information, visit the library’s events calendar at www.whitco.lib.wa.us or call the Tekoa Library at (509) 284-3121.
Messages from the Mayor—
I guess we are in for a long winter. It was still considered fall when we got hit with snow, wind, and low temperatures. This is when we all can appreciate the efforts of our city maintenance crew. Our streets and city sidewalks were plowed, with snow removal from busy intersections, in a timely manner. This, along with our new illuminated street lighting, makes the winter months more tolerable! Isn’t it ironic that these are the very services our failed street levy supports!!
As you know, the street levy again failed to garner 60% of your support. This is the second year we failed to receive the necessary votes. Consequently, we moved funds from the general fund to the street budget in order to provide necessary services. This also means that there will be no progress with our efforts to chip-seal gravel roads. I hope people realize that money from the general fund cannot continue to support the street fund indefinitely.
The council will decide soon if we will run a street levy next fall. My recommendation was to again present a levy request in February, but the council felt the time wasn’t right, and people need more information on how the levy funds are to be spent. It’s important that patrons who didn’t support the levy visit with councilmembers, so we can move forward in the future.
Personally, as your mayor, I am both disappointed and confused with the levy results. Patrons really need to communicate their feelings either to me or to someone on the council.
I will end this newsletter on a more positive note for wishes you all had a Merry Christmas and have a safe new year. I’ll visit with you again this New Year.