405 Emily Lane
Woodville, TX 75979
NEWS & EVENTS
Not many people were outside the night of Jan. 23rd due to the freezing wind, sleet and snow. The city is thankful for Lee Baker, Airrick Lee, Ethan Stephens and Glenn Rosier who were out, placing sand on bridges and guiding traffic safely around the work sites. Those guys are Volunteers with the Ivanhoe Fire Dept. but were providing a city service to ensure the safety of travelers in the city. There was a repeat performance Jan. 27th & 28th with more sleet and low temperatures.
It seems everyone has an opinion on dropping the level of the lakes. The bottom line: the lakes will be down as long as it takes to get repairs done on the spillway areas of Charmaine Dam and Galahad Dam, and the repair needed on the Camelot Dam Flood Control Project. Until the repairs are completed as acceptable to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Dam Safety division, the lakes will be down. As far as the status of the repairs; On Camelot - The contractor removed the gate valve which was leaking. The valve has been returned to the manufacturer for repair/replacement. We do not know how long that will take. The contractor will also have to make repairs on the lake level control concrete “chimney” which developed leaks, and at this time that work has likely been delayed by the weather conditions we have experienced since the first of the year. On Charmaine & Galahad - prospective contractors have been on-site to determine the scope of work for cutting holes in the concrete overlay in the spillway area, to determine the extent of work needed to fill the voids. That will be followed by filling the voids, sealing the holes and re-caulking the expansion joints. Bids are expected by the end of Feb., and will be reviewed locally and submitted to the TCEQ for their review. With TCEQ approval, Council will then authorize the selected contractor to proceed. Since Lake Tristan is upstream of Charmaine, the level of Tristan will be lowered to serve as a buffer lake to absorb any large rain event runoff that might jeopardize the exposed spillway area of Charmaine.
There are several property owners taking advantage of the lakes being lowered to perform repairs to their bulkhead or pier or boathouse, which is a wise move, since there is no telling when the lakes will be lowered again. There are property owners upset that the lakes are down because it “devalues” their property. There are property owners who want the lakes down during the cold weather to freeze the water vegetation, there are property owners who want the lakes at full level so the fish aren’t impacted. Bottom line: the lakes will be refilled following the repair work. The “shoot-for” deadline to have the lakes refilled is May 1st. Once the valves are closed following the repairs it will be up to Mother Nature with rainfall/runoff as to how quickly the lakes reach capacity. For the groans of protest, just consider: If the repairs aren’t done satisfactorily because of haste, and the spillway area is undermined by flowing water, then it will be an extended period of time that the lake is down for much more extensive (and expensive) repair, and the street atop the dam will be closed for that same extended period of time.
Weather certainly hasn’t been friendly to our streets since the first of the year. The rain followed by the hard freeze not once, but twice has caused an abundance of potholes to develop on the paved streets. Asphalt patch material is unworkable in cold weather, so the city has to resort to washout material for a temporary patch. The material is called washout for a reason; it is the concrete washed out of cement trucks after a job pour. With the ongoing rains there have not been many concrete jobs which resulted in no washout being available. The consistent rains with low temperatures and very little sun has caused the dirt and sand streets to develop an abundance of potholes. Because of the ongoing rains, the contractor has not been able to put the grader on the streets. As of Valentine’s Day, sunshine and warmer temperatures have returned. With a few days for the streets to dry, the grader will be hard at work. Material should become available for patching potholes on the paved streets until we get to hot weather when asphalt can be used. Then the cycle will start over again next winter.
The Ivanhoe Property Owners Improvement Association hosted a clean-up the parks workday on Feb. 22nd. As part of the clean-up, a number of volunteers also picked up trash along the city streets. What a refreshing difference the streets look! Thanks to all those who “pitched in” to beautify the city. Now if the individuals who think throwing their garbage out the vehicle window is acceptable would heed the signs at the entrance “Ivanhoe is beautiful without your trash”!
Hopefully we will have a wonderful spring where everything works like it should, and everyone is happy.