October 2015

For those of you interested, this is the presentation that was made at the Economic Development Town Hall Meeting.

Ivanhoe Economic Development Intro Rev 1.5
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ORDINANCE 2015-9
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AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF IVANHOE, TYLER CO., TEXAS, ESTABLISHING REGULATIONS FOR SUBDIVISION OF TRACTS OR LOTS WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF IVANHOE KNOWN AS THE SECTION CALLED THE RANCHETTES; STATING THE PURPOSE OF THIS ORDINANCE; PRESCRIBING DEFINITIONS; PROVIDING TRACT/LOT NUMBERS; PROVIDING A MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE RANCHETTES; PROVIDING A REPEALER CLAUSE; PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Whereas, the area within the City of Ivanhoe, Texas known as the Ranchettes is considered acreage and residents in that section purchased larger tracts for the purpose of establishing their homes in an area of low density housing,

Whereas, to secure and preserve the larger green areas with trees within the City of Ivanhoe, Texas it is necessary to prohibit subdivision of tracts,

Whereas, the Planning and Zoning Commission, after conducting a Public Hearing for the purpose of hearing public input, and after due consideration did provide to the City Council of the City of Ivanhoe, Texas a recommendation that subdivision of tracts within the area of the Ranchettes shall not be allowed within area known as the Ranchettes.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF IVANHOE, TYLER CO., TEXAS THAT:

PURPOSE
It is the purpose of this ordinance to prohibit subdivision of tracts/lots within the area of the City of Ivanhoe, Texas known as the Ranchettes. This will not only provide green areas with trees and areas for wildlife, it will allow those residents who purchased in a low density housing area to continue to enjoy their property.

Section 1 – Definitions
Ranchettes – those tracts or lots as listed in Section 2

Section 2 – Restrictions
The section within the City of Ivanhoe, Tyler Co., Texas called the Ranchettes tract/lot #’s 1 – 52 and as designated on attached map, shall not be divided into smaller tracts or lots;

Section 3 – Repealer Clause
Any existing ordinance or parts of existing ordinances in conflict with any terms of this ordinance are hereby repealed to the extent of their conflict with this ordinance.

Section 4 – Savings Clause
If any part or provision of this ordinance is declared to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of this ordinance shall remain in full force and effect to the extent practical.

Section 5 – Severability Clause
That all ordinances of the City of Ivanhoe, Texas, in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance be, and the same are hereby, repealed; provided, however that all other provisions of said ordinances not in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance shall remain in full force and effect.

Section 6 – Effective Date
This Ordinance shall be effective immediately upon its passage and publication as required by law.

THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Ivanhoe, Texas, and it is hereby ordained by authority of same, as follows:

APPROVED AND PASSED ON FIRST READING BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF IVANHOE, THIS 13th DAY OF AUGUST, 2015.

SECOND READING BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF IVANHOE APPROVED, THIS 10th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2015.

APPROVED AND ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF IVANHOE THIS 8th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2015.

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Mayor

ATTEST:

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City Secretary

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Ivanhoe remains under a Burn Ban as a result of the dry weather that has been with us since Tropical Storm Bill passed thru in mid-June. City Council has continued the Burn Ban within the City in conjunction with Tyler County. The Burn Ban is based on the KB index and the Texas Forest Service updates the index daily to our Emergency Management Coordinator Mr. Dale Freeman. Many of our property owners have piled limbs and debris in preparation for the time when the Burn Ban is lifted. We urge those property owners to keep the piles small so they are much easier to manage when they are burned. Extra caution on the property owners part results in the continued ability to burn limbs & leaves within the city limits. Otherwise the City will have to implement measures to protect neighboring properties.

The flood disaster recovery project is nearing the stage for contractors to begin work throughout the City. It is somewhat incongruous that we are working on flood related issues as dry as it has been for the past 3 months. 158 sites on and alongside City streets have been identified within Ivanhoe that experienced damage from the flooding that occurred in May & June. The City has taken the steps necessary under the National & State Disaster Declaration in order to receive assistance with recovery from the damage the city experienced. Please be aware the recovery is not in the form of paved streets. The damage occurred to our drainage systems; right of way ditches and culverts. That is where the majority of the repair work will be noticeable over the next two years, possibly longer. Ivanhoe property tax payers can be aware that 75% of the work being done is being paid for through the FEMA Disaster Recovery program. It is still tax dollars being used, but 75% is not local tax dollars.

The November 3rd Election will have three full term (two year) positions and one un-expired term (one year) position to be voted. The candidates running for the full term positions are (in order they appear on the ballot): Rowland Priddy, Jim Beattie, Tommy Morris, David Herrington. For the un-expired term Chuck Vonderlin is running unopposed.

Also on the November 3rd ballot, Ivanhoe voters will have the opportunity to vote for or against continuing the ¼ of 1% sales tax that goes to maintaining the streets in Ivanhoe. The sales tax has been in place for the past 4 years, but must be voted favorably every 4 years to renew. Note: this is not a property tax. Early voting will run Oct. 19th through Oct. 30th. The location for early voting is the Tyler County Nutrition Center located straight across Hwy. 69/287 from Brookshire Brothers in Woodville (behind McClure Furniture.) If you have questions about the hours of early voting, ballots by mail, etc. please contact the Tyler County Clerk’s office at 409-283-2281.

A couple of Town Hall meetings will be taking place soon for residents and property owners to provide input to the City Council and receive information about two items of importance to the City. The Committee appointed to review options for a City Hall/Office which were presented at the first Town Hall meeting on the subject on June 25th will present their research findings during the Town Hall meeting scheduled for Oct. 24th at 10 AM. The meeting will take place on a Saturday, so as many folks can attend as possible. The other Town Hall meeting will be to review and discuss Economic development in the City. As soon as the date has been finalized for the Economic Development Town Hall meeting has been set, it will be posted and notice sent to everyone who has provided their email address. If you have not done so, and wish to receive email notice of important events or activities in Ivanhoe, please send your email address to ivanhoeblog@gmail.com.

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