870 Charmaine Drive East
Woodville, TX 75979
News & Events: April 1, 2017
It is a rather sad time for our community. We lost one of our dearest members this past week when “Papa John” Craven went to be with our Lord. An entire community mourns the loss. Our prayers go out to his family.
The City of Ivanhoe experienced a severe storm this past Wednesday (March 29th). Many of us are still cleaning up from it. Representatives from the National Weather Service came by on Thursday and their calculation was that we had winds of up to 110 miles per hour. There were questions on whether or not we actually had a tornado or if it was just straight line winds. Our Emergency Management Coordinator informed me that it was confirmed that a tornado did hit Ivanhoe. Our City Marshal had close to 20 calls that afternoon. We are so grateful at this point that we did not experience the severe weather that was predicted for Sunday the 2nd of April.
FYI… We now have a Deputy City Marshal. We are thrilled to welcome Monroe Gage to our team. He is retired Houston PD and we are blessed to have him serve in this capacity.
The tower has been erected at the Fire Station for the high speed internet. The City has provided the funding for the tower and the Fire Department has allowed it to be installed on their property for one dollar a year. Council decided that investing in the tower was such a benefit to the City that it was worth the cost of the tower. Cypher Connect will be installing their equipment soon and we will finally have high speed internet with UNLIMITED DATA here in Ivanhoe!
There has been some confusion about the paving of Durwood. In 2012 the City applied for a Community Development Block Grant to pave the road. We originally thought that the grant would cover the cost of paving the entire length of the road but it only covers paving about one half of it. In fact, because of the cost, the City had to put out additional funds to get the portion done that we did.
This year we have applied for another CDBG grant for the remander of the road but it looks like Federal for this is being cut. It was not a FEMA project.
When there are questions about what is going on in Ivanhoe, please ask for the answers. Rumors abound and sadly, misinformation is put out as truth. Please come to meetings. That is the best way to keep up with what is happening. Our next meeting will be Thursday the 13th. We look forward to seeing you then!
Trash Collection Service
At the City Council meeting Feb. 9, a Franchise agreement was agreed upon and a contract signed with Local Sanitation to provide trash collection service in the City of Ivanhoe.
The idea was discussed at a Town Hall Meeting in January. At this meeting, the Council decided to go out for bids. Piney Woods and Local Sanitation submitted bids.
A committee which was appointed to open the bids, analyze pros and cons of each one, and come up with a recommendation, made the recommendation to enter into the agreement with Local Sanitation. Details of the agreement are outlined below.
The cost per customer will be $20.00 per month. That will represent a discount for most customers while providing a Franchise Fee to be paid to the City.
This will actually take effect on April 1, 2017. You will be contacted by Local Sanitation before that date in order to enter into a new agreement. While contracting for trash collection is not mandatory, if you wish to have trash collection service after April 1, 2017, you will be required to use the services of Local Sanitation (409-224-1780) as they will be the exclusive provider of this service.
The following stipulations were included in the Ordinance:
1. Participation is not mandatory; however, if residents wish to participate in the service Local Sanitation will be the sole service provider.
2. Local Sanitation will be responsible for contracting, billing and collection of fees.
3. All trash receptacles must be provided by Local Sanitation (referred to as trashcans), they must be dark green in color and have the Local Sanitation logo.
4. A deposit for the use of said trashcans will be charged by Local Sanitation.
5. In the event of lost, stolen or damaged trashcans, a non-refundable fee will be charged as agreed upon between the City and Local Sanitation.
6. Trashcans can be left at the curb for a period no longer that 24 hours at a time.
7. Dumpsters are not allowed to be used on residential properties except for demolition or construction, and can only remain on the property for a period of 30 days. A permit for dumpster use must be obtained from the City and can be extended if necessary.
8. Dumpsters placed on commercial property must be enclosed in a privacy fence and not visible from the street.
9. All dumpsters placed within the City of Ivanhoe must be dark green in color and display the Local Sanitation logo.
-- Committee Analysis and Recommendation Presented to the Council Feb. 9, 2017.
-- Contract Between City of Ivanhoe and Local Sanitation Final
-- 2017-6 Franchise Agreement for Collection of Solid Waste