October 2 - Ambulance Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
October 2 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
October 3 - Tekoa Bike Club, 8:30 a.m. - Eclair's
October 3 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
October 4 - Empire Theatre Meeting, 11:30 a.m. - Feeding Station
October 5 - Chamber Meeting, Noon - Feeding Station
October 9 - FD #1 Commissioners Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
October 9 - HTC, 9:00 a.m. - Kathy Kramer's Home
October 10 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
October 15 - City Council Meeting, MEETING CANCELLED
October 16 - Park and Rec. Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
October 16 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
October 17 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
October 22 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
October 24 - Neighbors' Watch Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Feeding Station
October 24 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
October 25 - Tekoa Food Bank, 8:30 a.m. - City Hall
October 29 - Ambulance Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
October 30 - School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
October 31 - Celebrate Recovery, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
City of Tekoa council meeting has been changed to Monday, October 22, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at Tekoa City Council Chambers. All citizens are invited to attend the 2019 preliminary budget hearing that will be held during the council meeting.
Water meters will not be read again until next spring. Please be sure to insulate your meter boxes to keep them from freezing this winter. Thank you.
Healthy Tekoa News! Family Night is teaming up with Homecoming on October 4with a community bonfire just south of the Brotherton Building at about 7 p.m. HEALTHY Tekoa will serve hot dogs, Boosters will serve hot cocoa, and students will be judged on float decorating. Goofy games will also be part of the evening fun. Everyone is invited. The annual Fall Family Carnival is on October 21, at the Tekoa elementary gym, from 1-3 p.m. Accompanying parent is required for admission (which is free). Families can play games 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.
Tekoa Library News:Come to the Tekoa Library on Wednesday, October 17, at 6:00 p.m., for an entertaining and thought-provoking program titled “Hollywood and the Homefront: Tinsel Town’s Contribution to World War II.” During World War II, the War Department realized the importance of not only keeping up the morale of America’s fighting forces abroad, but also the morale of those at home. The result was an unprecedented push by Hollywood to contribute morale-building war dramas, troop entertainment, and training films to the war effort. Special radio programs, documentary films, and live performances told Americans at home that they, too, could serve in the defense of their country by purchasing war bonds, participating in scrap metal drives, planting Victory Gardens, and volunteering. Experience the still-powerful images, radio, and film that emerged from this dramatic time in American history. Audio historian and former broadcaster John Jensen shares rarely known stories and anecdotes from Hollywood’s war effort and shows examples of wartime propaganda through various media that was used to educate, inform, and sway American public opinion. This program is provided through the support on Humanities Washington and the Friends of the Library. Kids club is on early release Wednesday, October 17, and from noon to 1 p.m. kids will participate in a creative writing workshop with local expert Shelly Ausmus. It’s also time to review your Medicare plan. SHIBA volunteers will host a free and impartial help session at the Tekoa Library from 2-5 p.m. on October 23. Drop in during those hours to speak with Joyce or Daniel. 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 284-3121 during Tekoa Library hours. 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.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION WILL BE OCTOBER 25, FROM 8-10 A.M.
Our monthly food distribution gets food from Second Harvest, Whitman County Council on Aging, HRC Ministries, and local donations. While some of that food is delivered, the majority needs to be picked up in Spokane and Colfax by volunteers. WE ARE IN DESPARATE NEED OF MONEY TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN! Please donate in the cans we have placed at several local businesses, or at the distribution site at City Hall. Thousands of dollars of food are given out in Tekoa each month by this effort, but we need your help.
Messages from the Mayor~
I’ll begin this month with a question many of you are asking: What is happening with the building owned by Keith Andersson? It appears he has given the building to Eric and Wendy Bretz. At our last council meeting, it was decided to give the new owners 90 days to make acceptable progress in removing the top floor of the building.
The council also decided to set some funds into an account that will be used to clean up properties in town. The city would recoup any money spent or simply put a lien on the property.
As you have no doubt noticed, several parts of town have seen construction crews tearing up roadways and installing new sewer pipes. We are close to determining the actual volume of sewage that runs through our treatment plant. When that occurs, we are looking to update the plant, probably with large lagoons.
We have been pondering the concern many of you have that deals with vehicles that are parked on city streets for extended periods of time. Some have not moved for months!! Should we have an ordinance that limits the amount of time a vehicle may be parked, without moving, on city streets? I’m anxious to hear your thoughts!
One-- if not the most--agonizing part of my job as mayor has to do with late payments for water and sewer. As it now stands, you get a bill at the first of the month; you have until the 25th of the month to pay. If not paid you get a $15 late fee on your next bill. If you still haven’t paid, by the 25th of the following month, your water is turned off!! We try to accommodate those who still cannot pay, even using project share funds. We do not want to turn off your water, but at times I get frustrated when people complain that we fail to understand their dilemma.
Enough about my problems; begin to enjoy our pleasant fall weather, and I will talk to you again next month.