October 2 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
October 3 - Hosptial Dristrict Meeting, 7:30 a.m. - City Hall
October 3 - Ambulance Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
October 3 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
October 4 - Tekoa Bike Club, 8:30 a.m. - Eclair's
October 4 - Celebrate Recovery Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
October 6 - Chamber Meeting, 7:30 a.m. - Eclair's
October 10 - FD #1 Commisioners Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
October 10 - HTC, 9:00 a.m. - Kathy Kraner's Home
October 11 - Celebrate Recovery Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
October 11 - Tekoa Fair Association, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
OCtober 16 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
October 17 - Empire Theatre Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Feeding Station
October 17 - Park and Rec Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
October 17 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
October 18 - Celebrate Recovery Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
October 25 - Slippery Gulch Meeting, 6:30 p.m. - Eclair's
October 25 - Celebrate Recovery Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
October 26 - Distribute Commodities, 8:30 a.m. - City Hall
October 30 - Ambulance Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
October 31 - School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
City Hall office will be closed on Friday, October 13; we will be gone to a training conference.
Healthy Tekoa News! Family Night Out and Homecoming converge this October 5th with a community bonfire just south of the Brotherton building at 7 p.m. HEALTHY Tekoa will serve hot dogs and have a brain-buster-question wheel on drug and alcohol facts. Boosters will serve hot cocoa, and students will be judged on float decorating. Goofy games will also be part of the evening fun. Guiding Good Choices parent workshop for those who parent kids ages 10-15 is again offered for free at the Tekoa Library for five consecutive Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. starting October 25. Enrollment is free, childcare can be arranged, and dinner will be provided. Invest your time and learn some valuable tools to help reduce at-risk behaviors and increase family bonding. Email Diane Harp to register, or get more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 284-2781.The annual Fall Family Carnival is on October 21, at the Tekoa elementary gym from 1-3 p.m. A parent is required for admission (free) to play at over 14 tables. We have costume and coloring competitions again this year. The carnival is part of a community effort to offer activities for family bonding. The last week of October (23rd-31st) students will celebrate Red Ribbon Week, a national drug free week. You can take the National Red Ribbon Campaign Pledge for parents here or at redribbon.org/pledge.
As parents and citizens, we will talk to our children and the children in our lives about the dangers of drug abuse.
We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.
We will monitor our children's behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that our rules are respected.
We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.
Council Comments ~ City Councilman Ted Blaszak regarding the collapsed building at Crosby and Main:
The city attorney’s office has informed us that by running the full course of the legal trajectory, the city is currently “on” to resolve this matter, the only path really available to the city. We would not be able to take any sort of physical action to make the site safe or remove bricks, etc., from 120 -150 days-- well into winter--and when the building is more likely to collapse and be of risk to the life and limb of our citizenry. If someone is injured, the property owner, not the city, is responsible.
At that point, the city may remove bricks, etc., to make the site safe and send a bill to the owner. We have received an initial estimate for anywhere from $150,000 - $300,000 to clear the site entirely. The owner will retain ownership of the site, and we may then sue him (not a lien), if he does not pay the city for the cost of the property clearing. The city would, in all likelihood, absorb the cost, and this would not only have a great, negative impact on our budget, but it would also be an unfair use of our tax dollars.
There may also be a direct citizens’ route to resolve the issue that would apply an additional incentive to the owner to find a more immediate solution to the problem, even if that means selling the lot at a loss to him. This is through the WA Safe Streets Program. This program requires large citizen involvement to be effective; it would make the property owner responsible for $2,500 to each and every person in Tekoa who participates in a small claims court action against him.
A meeting will be held to discuss this program at my residence--220 S Crosby, on Wednesday October 11, at 7 p.m. This program can also apply to drug houses and other severely public-nuisance dwellings against which we could also take action, a topic we should probably discuss at this meeting. Should there be large interest, we may have to arrange a different meeting location. Flyers will be posted.
Another Reason to Be Proud to Live in Tekoa
Tekoa’s EMT’s led by Cliff Melton put together a fundraiser for the Freeman citizens experiencing a time of true sadness. A huge thank you goes to the many who took the time to come to this event and donate so generously. Over $4500 was raised! Take a bow, EMT’s and donors.
Messages from the Mayor ~
I’ve been waiting for a dreary day for the last couple of months, and here it is today, as I write this newsletter. No doubt, we could surely use the rain!
Many of you missed an entertaining music performance at our Empire Theatre last month. Shawn Owsley and his band put on a great show! Trouble is, only about 1/3 of the theatre was occupied. As a patron of the theatre, I would like to hear why we can’t get more of our locals to support our theatre with their attendance.
For those who keep asking, we will burn as soon as it dries out and we get the okay from the Department of Ecology. It would be great to burn before additional materials are added to the pile. Remember, NO treated wood products can be burned; only lawn wastes and tree branches etc. can be legally burned, and the Department of Ecology will check to see that we are following their guidelines.
Work has begun at the Goldenrod Cemetery, thanks to funds from the Elenore Cohn Trust. Trees were removed and others trimmed to make watering more efficient.
Progress is being made to resolve the issues with the Andersson building. The unfit dwelling committee has met and will be visiting with Mr. Andersson shortly. I’ll keep all abreast in future newsletters as this process progresses.
There will be a new business in the upper level of the old city hall building. My understanding is that vintage clothing will be part of the new enterprise.
The city received a CDBG grant for more sewer line replacement. The grant was for $750,000. We have to contribute $40,000. Sewer lines at the football field, on Crosby Street, and Park/Lindsey Street will be addressed next year with this grant. Hopefully, as a result of this sewer line project, we will have a better idea as to the average volume of sewage treated at our sewer plant. This information is vital as we explore ways to dispense sewage other than to discharge into Hangman Creek.
Now, on to our upcoming street levy: We heard concerns about funding our street lights. Since our last two street levies have failed, we transferred monies from the electricity utility tax in the general fund into the street budget, so the city can meet our street light obligation with Avista for $35,000.00, and to maintain our city streets. We will continue this process and use the proposed street levy to chip-seal gravel roads. In the past, we received grants from TIB (funded by gas tax monies) to repave Henkle and Warren Streets. You will find a flyer outlining how the street levy monies would be used to chip-seal city roads. If you have additional questions, please call the office.
It’s important to vote come November 7. Please don’t forget!