405 Emily Lane
Woodville, TX 75979
NEWS & EVENTS
The entrance guardhouse is gone. It now joins the myriad of other historical details of the community of Ivanhoe which has existed since the early 70’s. The community has experienced growth from the recreational venue that it was, to the City of approximately 1500 people who call it home now. When you factor in the part time residents/property owners who enjoy the lakes and the peace and quiet away from big city life for brief periods, the number can jump to 2500. That number puts Ivanhoe on the same population level as our neighbor to the North; the City of Woodville. Should you spend any length of time at the entrance to Ivanhoe from Hwy. 69/287, you will be amazed at the number of vehicles coming and going.
Attempting to maintain a measure of control for safety, health and property values, means utilizing the city zoning code. Anyone planning to construct or place a structure, fence, water well, or on-site septic system on property is required to follow the zoning code. Permits are required for any construction. Please call the city office at (409) 283-3299 before making improvements to your property. In addition, the city has a flood plain manager. If you are required to have flood plain insurance, or wish to have the extra protection, please contact the city. The flood plain manager may be able to help reduce your flood insurance premium. On a related matter, notifying your home owner’s insurance carrier the city has an ISO rating of 8B may reduce your premiums as well.
The November 4th election will have (in order on the ballot) David Baier, David Herrington, Jim Beattie, John Galbreath, & LeAnn Freeman McNulty seeking election to the two Council positions to be voted. M. Jack Brockhouse and Cathy Bennett are running for the Mayor’s position. The deadline to register to vote has already passed. Early voting will take place from 8 AM to 4:30 PM beginning October 20 and ending October 31. There are extended hours from 8 AM to 8 PM on Oct 27 & 28. The location for early voting is the Tyler County Nutrition Center, 201 Willow St. in Woodville. You must be registered to vote in Tyler County voting precinct #3 in order to vote a City of Ivanhoe election.
Applications for ballot by mail should be submitted to Donece Gregory, Elections Administrator, 116 South Charlton, Woodville, TX 75979, no later than close of business on October 24. You can pick up a copy of the sample ballot at city hall. The ballot includes Federal, State, District, County and City races along with state Judicial and Education positions and the proposition for transportation funding. Having a copy to review will provide a good opportunity to become an informed voter prior to casting your vote.
With cooler weather comes falling leaves. Many property owners take advantage of the fall season to clean up, rake leaves, burn debris and spruce up their space. The city office has received many reports of snakes being on the move this time of year. Please be cautious during clean-up, you may encounter one of our less friendly neighbors if you disturb its habitat. As always, anytime you have an outdoor fire, remain with the fire until it has burned down. Even a smoldering pile can reignite with a slight breeze and embers can sail onto neighboring property causing much grief and cost. A little caution goes a long way.
Fall also means hunting season. Non-resident property owners need to be aware that all-terrain vehicles (4 Wheelers) are prohibited by state law on city streets. Folks get confused sometimes because golf carts, which are allowed by the state and city ordinance, are allowed on streets in Ivanhoe. Allowing golf carts (both gas and electric) is the one way the city is able to provide some of the recreational benefit that property owners became accustomed to in the community prior to the formation of the city. The City Council urges you to enjoy the Land of Lakes and be safe during the fall season.