405 Emily Lane
Woodville, TX 75979
NEWS & EVENTS
Fourth of July holiday is usually a very active time for non-resident property owners in Ivanhoe; doing property maintenance chores and taking advantage of the recreational benefits of the parks and lakes. This year the “ski lake” is most likely not going to be useable for skiing and boating activity in time for the Fourth of July holiday.
The contractor working on the spillway repair and caulking project for the Charmaine Dam and Galahad Dam has determined that the voids underneath the concrete panels at the Charmaine Dam are much larger than expected. Over the period of time, as the previous expansion joint caulking deteriorated and allowed water to flow beneath the panels, some 200 cubic yards of material was washed out. As a result, the cost of the repair is much larger than anticipated. The contractor will resume work on June 23, weather permitting.
When the engineer acknowledges the work is complete, we will close the valve and start refilling Lake Charmaine. The upstream lake Galahad will remain lowered to serve as a buffer in event of a heavy rain event, until the repair on the Charmaine Dam spillway is complete.
The contractor has replaced the leaking gate valve at the Lake Camelot Dam flood control project. Depending on rainfall, the lake is in the process of re-filling. The Supervisor of Dams and Mayor Brockhouse are investigating water leaks that are flowing at the valve bulkhead on the Lake Camelot Dam. The initial investigation determined there was chlorine in the water leakage. Monarch Water subsequently repaired their water line and the flow no longer contains chlorine. The engineer has been notified and will be meeting with the contractor to determine the additional repairs needed. At this time we do not have any idea of time frame for repairs. We do know that at a certain point in the repair process, the lake level will have to be lowered.
Back to the Fourth of July. The Ivanhoe Volunteer Fire Dept. will have the annual hamburger and hot dog fundraiser at the Ivanhoe Community Center beginning around 3 PM on Saturday, July 5. Shortly after dusk, approximately 9 PM, will be the fireworks display provided by the Ivanhoe Volunteer Fire Dept. The fireworks will be launched from the Charmaine Dam, with the best viewing locations being the parks on each end of the dam. It will be crowded, and remember the by-laws of Ivanhoe Property Owners Improvement Association (which owns and operates the parks) prohibit alcohol consumption in the parks.
The City allows burning of wood debris on property owners’ lots, except when the County Emergency Management office determines drought conditions require a burn ban be instituted. Current conditions in Ivanhoe are dry, but debris burning is allowed. Please use caution when burning anytime, but especially now. If there is insufficient rainfall in the two weeks leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, a burn ban will be placed into effect and notice will be posted on the information sign at the entrance to Ivanhoe.
Thanks to Patsy Sturlese, Nancy Bodden, Tammy Freeman, Mayor Brockhouse and a couple of others (anonymous) who donated used ink and laser cartridges. The cartridges are recycled and the resulting funds go to the purchase of copy paper used by the city. For Fiscal Year 2014, four cases of copy paper at an average of $25 per case has been purchased without having to use your tax dollars. Rather than toss your used print cartridges in the trash, bring them by the city hall. You will benefit the city and save on environmental impact by keeping the cartridges out of the landfill.
The City Council wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable summer. As you enjoy the Land of Lakes, please recreate responsibly.