405 Emily Lane
Woodville, TX 75979
NEWS & EVENTS
The rainy weather has wreaked havoc on our city streets. A new pothole patch mix is being utilized that can be placed even when the pothole has moisture in it. It is more expensive, we will determine over the next year how well the material actually holds up.
Our dirt streets just barely get dry enough to have the grader rework them, and then another rain arrives. Rest assured as weather permits, the grader will be out working to rebuild the dirt streets. Rain & cold weather with scattered sunshine means it takes longer for a street to dry sufficiently for the grader to work the dirt without creating a mud street.
When the street maintenance crews are working, please drive slowly around the work zone. The City has received several reports of drivers who pay no attention to the caution lights on equipment and “Roadwork Ahead” signs. If a worker is injured, there are plenty of attorneys willing to take the case since failure to drive carefully in a work zone is a quick way to the poor house.
Folks who have property around Lake Galahad and Lake Charmaine will experience lowered lake levels for a short while. The City has a contract in place for Chance Construction to re-caulk the expansion joints on both dams. The work entails lowering the lake levels so all of the joints are out of the water. January has been a rainy month and resulted in a delay getting the water levels down.
The re-caulking should take about 2 weeks once work begins, and the lakes will be refilled as quickly as Mother Nature provides rain.
The recently appointed Code Enforcement Officers are busy checking complaints and verifying if a violation of the Zoning Ordinance exists. Priority is being given to dilapidated structures that are vacant, and to junked vehicles. However, if the Code Enforcement Officers happen upon construction taking place, they will verify that the property owner has gotten the proper building permit. Permits are required for most construction, so a safe start for a project will be a quick call to City Hall at 409-283-3299, to discuss the project. Doing so, is so much easier than having to “fix things” when the Code Enforcement Officer shows up. New home construction or manufactured home move-in permit fee is $25, All other permit fees are $10, so permit cost should not be a hindrance. The City is working towards making sure all construction is safe and adds to the value of the community rather than detracting from it. Any plans to “throw up” a storage building or build a temporary “shed” will not be allowed. This includes remodeling.
On another subject, our city neighbor Bill Adney is working towards a regular pickup of trash and garbage thrown alongside our city streets. Anyone interested in helping can call the City office to get connected with Mr. Adney. On the other side of that issue; if you are a perpetrator to the trash problem, be aware that lots of eyes are watching. Sheriff Deputy Terry Riley is on alert as is Constable Dale Freeeman, and citations will be issued.
On a lighter note, late winter is the prime time to work on those outdoor projects and landscaping. Cold mornings give way to shirt sleeve temperatures, and soaking up some Vitamin D, complements of the sun, just makes a body feel better and get over the winter doldrums. Plus those projects make our City look so good for spring.
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
CITY OF IVANHOE
TEXAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM CONTRACT 7214231 –
PERFORMANCE STATEMENT MODIFICATION HEARING
The City of Ivanhoe will hold a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. on January 27, 2015 at the Ivanhoe City Hall, 405 Emily Lane, regarding the proposed modification to the existing Performance Statement in the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Community Development Block Grant Program (TxCDBG) Contract 7214231. The proposed changes includes the clarification of the number of persons to be served and the location of the improvements to Durwood Drive. Based on the engineer’s quantities that were submitted in the application improvements, Durwood Drive will be from Camelot Drive to Kings Forest Street. There are 28 residents on that section of Durwood Drive. The City encourages citizens to participate in the implementation of this TxCDBG Project and to make their views known at this public hearing. Citizens unable to attend this meeting may submit their views to Cathy Bennett, Mayor, City of Ivanhoe, 405 Emily Lane, Woodville, Texas 75979.
Persons with disabilities that wish to attend this meeting should contact C. D. Woodrome, City Secretary, at 409-283-3299 at least two days before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.