405 Emily Lane
Woodville, TX 75979
NEWS & EVENTS
Intermittent rainfall during July provided enough moisture in the watershed to fill Lake Galahad. The gate valve was closed in mid-June after the spillway expansion joints were caulked. With the evaporation loss due to summer heat, water did not flow over the spillway until July 22. Having a full lake is good news for property owners bordering Lake Galahad.
Lake Charmaine has benefitted from the flow coming over the Galahad spillway. Currently Charmaine is about 1½ feet below full level. The weekly rains have helped raise the lake level since the gate valve was closed at the end of July following completion of repair work. The full extent of the void under the spillway portion of the dam was not known until the contractor cut holes in the cement slabs. To give an idea of the size of the void; 250 cubic yards of concrete had to be pumped in fill the void. Cost of the repair came in at $112,925.62 + $6285.00 for Galahad spillway repair. The $119,210.62 is almost 1/3 of the FY-2014 budget for the City of Ivanhoe. Our Supervisor of Dams is keeping a close watch for any “boils” that might appear in the stilling basin at the base of the dam as the lake level rises.
Both lakes will be lowered about 3 feet during the Fiscal Year 2015 budget cycle so the remaining expansion joints on both dams can be cleaned and re-caulked. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality dam safety & maintenance guidelines recommend re-caulking every 3 to 5 years. Also during the FY-2105 budget cycle, the upstream “aprons” will have work done to protect the dam faces from erosion/subsidence.
Work on the Lake Camelot flood control pipe to correct errors that occurred during construct will take place sometime in August. The general contractor is working with a subcontractor to get the proper repairs performed so the joint on the 24-inch pipe doesn’t leak. The City has withheld final payment on the project until the repairs are completed to the satisfaction of the city engineer and he signs off on the project.
Due to the expense of the repair work on the dams, less money was available for street maintenance in the FY-2014 budget cycle. The streets have had on-going maintenance between rains (pothole repair and grading). Major improvements have been limited, but some dirt/clay streets have been improved. This year, instead of the right of ways getting mowed in late spring and late fall, there will just be one mowing (which is now underway). With the re-caulking of Galahad & Charmaine dams budgeted for FY-2015, the amount available for street work during the next budget year will be about the same as the current year.
One definite bright spot concerning street work; the City has been asked to complete some required financial details in preparation for receiving Community Development Block Grant funds. The CDBG project will be for improving Durwood Drive from Lakewood to Camelot South from a dirt/gravel street to an oil-mix topped street. Hopefully by this time next year, the Durwood Dr. project will be finished.
The City of Ivanhoe, in conjunction with other cities in the Coalition of Cities, reached an agreement with Monarch Water. Property owners in Ivanhoe pay over twice the amount for water from Monarch Water compared to neighboring cities and water supply corporations. The agreement lessened the rate increase from 49% over the next two years to between 20% & 25% over the next seven years. The agreement will also save tax dollars by not having the legal expense of challenging proposed rate increases by Monarch every year.
The November 4th election may be over 3 months away, but the filing window to be on the ballot for two Council positions and the Mayors spot will only be open until August 18th. Anyone interested in serving the City in an elected position will need to submit their application to the City Secretary no later than 5 PM on that date. Since that day falls on a Monday when the City Hall is normally closed, the City Sec. will be in the office from 2 to 5 PM on the 18th for last minute filing. Applications are available at the City Hall or on the Texas Secretary of State website.
Within the next month the City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed FY-2015 Budget. If you are interested in how the city spends tax dollars, and the “why” behind priorities for city operations, this is the ONE BIG OPPORTUNITY each year to find out. Once the budget is set for the coming year, the City Council has the responsibility for setting a tax rate to cover the budget. Watch the information sign at the entrance for the date & time of the public hearing. It will also be posted in the Legal Notices section of the Tyler County Booster.
Thankfully we have had a somewhat cooler summer so far. We have also had almost weekly rains. The latter could be considered a blessing (or not so much) depending on one’s priorities. The rainfall has resulted in the lakes re-filling, but it has hampered street work. It has helped keep gardens and flowers plentiful, but it has caused grass and weeds to grow abundantly. If you plan to clean underbrush and have a burn pile, please be careful. Keep the pile(s) small and the fire more easily managed and always stay on the scene until the fire is completely out. Enjoy the last of summer and watch for school buses with youngsters not always looking for you as they hurry to or from the bus.