March 2018

____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Greetings Neighbors! As we begin the spring season and experience the beauty of the new foliage and flowers, it is the perfect time to have Clean-Up Month in Ivanhoe! At our February Council Meeting it was decided to assist folks in removing unwanted old appliances. If you have anything of that sort that you would like to get rid of we will arrange for pick-up and, if needed, assistance in getting your things out to the street. Call 409-550-9498. As everyone is aware by now, the City has obtained quite a bit of equipment in the past year and set aside $60,000 (overage from last year) for the acquisition of additional equipment this year. The reason this is so important to us is that we do not have to pay the cost of overhead for someone else to do our work. Also, the City has control of scheduling when work will be done. This actually saves us money. A good example is the side-boom mower attachment for the Mini-ex. In the past, we have had to contract with the county to do our side boom mowing which cost at least $5,000 each time. The cost of the attachment was $4,500 and so it paid for itself in one use. Friday, the 23rd of February, a special meeting was called for the purpose of approving the purchase of a dump truck. We are going to be doing major work on our drainage problems and we will need a dump truck to haul the sand/dirt from ditches, etc. We currently are paying $55.00 per hour for the rental of a dump truck and are subject to availability. With the work that is planned, it will pay for itself in a relatively short time. The expenditure was approved subject to inspection and as of this date the truck has not yet been purchased. We took advantage of the meeting to also schedule the Town Hall Meetings to discuss the upcoming Bond Election. Dates are: March 27th at 6:30 PM and April 21st at 10:00 AM; and will be held at the Ivanhoe Community Center. We are hoping that our citizens will come and bring their questions. Printed material will be available as soon as we get the info from the engineers. I again, would like to encourage our citizens to come to meetings, visit our website, request information, etc. All records are available. Please get the facts. Again, as elected officials, we are not able to participate in social media but we are available to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to call me or come in and ask questions or share your concerns. All of our financials, meeting minutes, ordinances, etc. are on this website. Hope to see you at our upcoming meetings. Cathy Bennett 409-429-6752 PS: All of our ordinances are easily accessed by clicking on the Government tab. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Town Hall Meetings Scheduled To Discuss Bond Election Two town hall meetings have been scheduled to discuss the upcoming Bond Election:  Tuesday, March 27th at 6:30 PM. and Saturday, April 21st at 10:00 AM at the Ivanhoe Community Center. Be sure and come and be prepared to ask questions and get answers. The engineers and the bond issuers will also be there to give us additional answers. Please come and invite your neighbors. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ March is Ivanhoe Clean-Up Month! If you have old appliances you want to get rid of, please call our Public Works Coordinator at 409-550-9498 to schedule a pick up and/or assistance in getting your things to the street.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Hi Everyone

We have once again experienced an extreme amount of rain in a very short period of time causing our dams to overflow.

Since the event we have concentrated on the most pressing issues such as closing the dams for safety reasons, removing debris from grates and overflow pipes, surveying road damage, etc. That kept us pretty busy.

This morning I finally had a chance to go out on my dock. What I discovered was that I was missing a stack of 5 chairs that I kept out there. I also found someone’s brown table base that washed up from somewhere.

I am not concerned about my chairs. What I am concerned about is that I could not find them. The water is murky due to the extremely heavy flow and with the power of that flow, my chairs and who knows what other furniture/or other things may have been washed away from our docks or lake-shore and they are under the water SOMEWHERE.

It is a holiday weekend and I am thrilled to see so many folks here to enjoy the beauty of Ivanhoe and the fun the lakes and water-sports provide. I do want to ask everyone to be cautious of the fact that there could be things under the water that we do not see and to play with caution especially closer in to shore.

If anyone would like to report missing items so that they can be returned if found, feel free to call me or the office or email me and we will try to assist in locating what we can.

Have a wonderful, safe and blessed Easter Weekend!

Cathy Bennett
coicathybennett@gmail.com
409-429-6752

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