By Kara McMurray Gazette Reporter
After a busy weekend in Colfax, Oakesdale, Rosalia, St. John and Endicott, Santa will stop this weekend at LaCrosse. Santa is booked to make a stop at 10 a.m. in LaCrosse where he will appear at the Gathering Place. Pictures with Santa will be provided free by the LaCrosse Business Group. Santa will be on hand from 10 a.m. until noon. Every child will receive a free stuffed animal, courtesy of LaCrosse Community Outreach, and a candy cane. The LaCrosse Library will offer materials to make Christmas ornaments in a free holiday craft session. “Everybody can come in to make a Christmas ornament to take home,” said Tammy Schwartz, organizer for the library event. Adults will be on hand to help children make the ornaments. The Friends of the LaCrosse Library will be paying for the ornaments and supplies. Members of the LaCrosse senior class will be on hand to serve breakfast at the Gathering Place before Santa’s arrival. The class will be serving pancakes, sausage links, juice and coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. Cost is $5 per person. The Pastime Tavern will be open later in the evening for a pool tournament and ugly sweater contest. The fun begins there at 5 p.m., and prize money will be awarded to first, second and third place winners of the tournament. The prize fund will depend on how many enter the tournament. Gift certificates will be given to both the ugliest and best sweaters. Patrons can vote for a sweater at a cost of $1.
By Garth Meyer Gazette Reporter
Mayor John Jaeger and the Tekoa City Council have decided to run their $50,000 street levy proposal again in February after it failed, for the second time, in the Nov. 8 General Election. Final count for the proposal was 58.7 percent approval with 202 yes and 142 no. The proposal was intended to pay for city road maintenance, including streetlights. “It’s streets and lights, come on,” said Jaeger. “If you’re not gonna vote for it, or not vote, tell us why. We just need an answer and we’re not getting an answer.” One theory the mayor suggests is residents are concerned about the cost of future sewer plant improvements. “That’s one theory,” he said. “Another is that I p***ed a few people off. ... There’s just no way you can administer anything without making some people upset. I don’t know if this was a large number or not.” The mayor and council will now look at voting returns from Nov. 8 and talk to the people who voted and see what they might find out. The records will show who cast a ballot, but not which way an individual voted. The levy also failed in November of 2015. For now, the mayor’s intention is to keep the proposal the same for February. “I’m just not ready to throw in the towel on this,” he said. “If it fails again, then we’ll have to look at changes.” Last November, after the levy failed, city council subsequently decided not to file for another in February 2016, citing a potential conflict with a schools levy. Funds for the most recent street levy would have been collected at a rate of $1.64 per thousand dollars in property valuation. For the 2015 levy, the rate was $1.85 per thousand. “You have a vision for your community; get rid of gravel streets,” said Jaeger. “If we can do four or five blocks of pavement and sidewalks, I’d hate to not do that.”