March 3 - Ambulance Meeting 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
March 4 - Tekoa Bike Club 8:30 a.m. - Eclair's
March 6 - Chamber Meeting 7:00 a.m. - Eclair's
March 9 - PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. - THS Library
March 10 - Fire Dist #! Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
March 10 - Park and Rec Meeting 7:00 p.m. - City Hall Council Chambers
March 10 - HTC 9:00 a.m. - Kathy Kramer's Home
March 10 - Senior Pinochle 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
March 11 - Tekoa Fair Association 7:00 p.m. - C & D's
March 12 - Hospital District Meeting 7:00 p.m. - City Hall Council Chambers
March 16 - City Council Meeting 7:00 p.m. - Council Chambers
March 24 - School Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
March 24 - Senior Pinochle 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
March 26 - Distribute Commodities 9 a.m. - Until food is gone - City Hall
March 30 - Ambulance Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
City Hall will be closed on Monday, March 9, 2015.
REMINDER!! If you have not licensed your dog for the 2015 year, please come into City Hall to pay for your renewal. If your dog is caught running loose, you could be fined up to $50.00
Garbage Rate Increase: The City of Tekoa was notified from Empire Disposal that garbage rates have gone up. The rate increase is due to the increase at the Whitman County Landfill (tonnage went from $98 per ton to $102 per ton). Ex: 90 gallon cart $.40, 1-32 gallon can $.20, 2-32 gallon cans $.30, once-a-month $.05. We did not get notification of the increase until February, so the January and February's rate increase will both be on the February billing.
Tekoa Library News:
So many resources on line, but do you know how to use them? Thursday workshops all of March will discuss technology hot topics and practice skills. The first workshop is March5 from 6 to 7 p.m. on using online tools to edit and improve your digital photos. March 12 from 6 to 6 p.m., you can try a device before you buy it with the traveling digital device menagerie. On March 19 at 6 p.m., the library presents online resources for genealogy research. March 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. is a special time for one-on-one basic technology help with any aspect of computing, from using a mouse to using email to googling. Pre registration is encouraged, but not required. All of the workshops are free, sponsored by grant funding to The Washington State Library from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Teen night for ages 12 and up is on March 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. Black out poetry project is planned. Snacks and fun are part of the program. Early release at the grade school means Kids Club activities are happening at the library. On Wednesday, March 11, the library will be open from noon to 1 p.m. for grade school children to play board games. Want up-to-date information about the library happenings and fun pictures? Make sure to like the Tekoa Library Facebook page, bookmark the library's web page, www.whitco.lib.wa.us or call Diane at 284-3121. Tekoa Library hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30 to 6 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. If the library is closed, call the Colfax branch of the Whitman County Library toll-free at 877-733-3375.
The Healthy Tekoa Coalition would like to remind parents that with the legalization of retail marijuana for adults over 21 and medical marijuana, comes great risk to our youth. If you care about your child's academic achievement, then you also need to care about increased marijuana use. Marijuana use negatively affects motivation, learning and memory. Regular marijuana use directly relates to the following:A student is 3.6 times less likely to graduate from high school. A student is 2.3 times less likely to enroll in college. A student is 3.7 times less likely to earn a college degree. Talk to your teens about risks of using marijuana. Need help starting the conversation, visit wwwstarttalkingnow.org. Keep Talking Tekoa!
Messages from the Mayor-
I missed our last council meeting, so my comments will be somewhat second-handed. The council heard a report from Fire Chief Donavon Chase concerning our city's current fire rating. Our rating is an eight (8), but if we can lower it, your fire insurance premiums will also be lowered. At our March meeting, Donavon will bring a list of upgrades that could possibly lower our rating, possible to a six (6).
We are still planning to oil and chip-seal gravel roads this summer. Excuse me for a moment while I spit out some shoe leather or crow. Some of you will recall that I said all gravel roads were going to be chip-sealed this summer. I am wrong! But, don't panic everyone. We are submitting 5 streets to the county, hoping they have time enough this summer to do all that we requested. It appears that the process to chip-seal all of our gravel roads will be a 3-year project depending on the availability of the county road department. The streets that were submitted to the county are Elizabeth Street, Lebo Street, Sophy Street and Truax Street on the west side of town. Howard Street is also included in this summer's projected streets to be oiled and then chip-sealed. Next winter, we will submit 5 to 6 other gravel streets to the county for the oil and chip-seal process.
The council has agreed with the Fletcher family to purchase property between Park Road and Hangman Creek for $5,000.00 plus all closing and filing costs. We first have to survey the property determine boundary lines. This acquisition now allows us to use a Transportation Improvement Board Grant to widen Park Street as well as provide guard rails on the south side and sidewalks on the north side of this road. Not all of Park Street will be paved, but completing this portion will make it easier to complete the remainder in the future.
Last month I wrote that Rob Brownfield resigned as one of our city maintenance men. Since then, we have hired Scott Puckett to replace Rob. We had over a dozen applicants and interviewed five very qualified candidates. I know Scott will do an outstanding job, and we are fortunate to have him working for you as a city employee.
Your Slippery Gulch committee began their twice-monthly meetings, and as usual, this year's celebration plans provide for new and exciting additions. There will be a bike race to accompany the annual fun run. I believe Tim St. John and Pete Martin are instrumental in the early planning stages of the race. Also, this year, we will have a variety show at ht theatre rather than either the "do you know more than a 50 year grad" or the "small town American idol contest." Fran Martin and Debbie Dean are currently planning the show. I know they are looking for volunteers to help with the show and be part of the show!!
It is my understanding that the Henkle Family reunion is planned for the Slippery Gulch weekend, and they are expecting between 50-to-100 family members to attend.
Two dates to put on your calendar: Slippery Gulch, June 20, and the Annual Yard Sale is August 1. Bring on spring!!