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CITY OFFICES TO REMAIN OPEN
As stated in the Amended Emergency Order, City Hall Offices will remain open but access will be limited to the entrance foyer for everyone except employees. If you have any questions, please call 409-283-3299.
This precaution is being taken to protect both the public and our City employees.
Upcoming events will be added as they are scheduled.
News & Events
Update: July 1
Friday, June 26th Governor Gregg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-28 due to his concern regarding the spread of COVID-19.
Having taken into consideration his concern, I have made the decision to cancel the evening golf cart parade, music and food vendors that had been planned for our 4th of July celebration. Our Volunteer Fire Department will be putting on their traditional fireworks display.
Again, in keeping with the Governor’s order, I am asking everyone to please practice social distancing as we gather to celebrate.
I met with the president of our IPOIA before making my final decision and we were in agreement. They have posted guidelines for gathering on Facebook.
Please heed the governor’s orders and have a safe and happy holiday!
Update: June 3
I, CATHY BENNETT, HAVE ORDERED THE INSTALLATION OF ALL INDIVIDUAL DRIVEWAY CULVERTS AND MUCH OF THE OTHER PLANNED ROADWORK TO BE DELAYED UNTIL AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE ROADWAY PREPARATION THAT IS NEEDED FOR OUR CURRENT ROAD PROJECT AND THE 3 OTHER PROJECTS THAT ARE TO FOLLOW.
In order to keep costs down, the Public Works Department, headed by David Marshall, is doing the ditch work, the culvert replacement and the detour preparation along the roads that will be worked on. We have an outstanding Public Works Crew and they are working diligently to get the preparation done but they are barely able to keep ahead of the contractors, therefore I told David Marshall that we needed to concentrate on this work and that the individual driveway culvert installations would have to be put off until all the preparation work for all 4 projects was completed.
This is absolutely necessary in order to get this roadwork done, which we have been working on for so very long.
The City has been installing individual culverts for folks without charging for materials or labor. The only thing people pay for is the actual culvert. The cost of material and labor ranges from $600-$700 per culvert installation. If you have paid for a culvert you can either wait for our crew to install it for free which could take up to 4 months, or you can pick up the culvert you paid for and have Timberlakes or Kirkpatrick or some other reputable company install it. Whoever installs the culverts must get City approval to make sure that the grade is right and that the proper material is used. Any improper installation of culverts on City right of ways will be removed and reinstalled at the owner’s expense. The reason for making sure that they are properly installed is that the culverts are a part of the overall drainage and if not done correctly could cause damage to our roadways.
Just so you know, there may be some driveway culverts that need to be replaced or installed along the roadways involved in our 4 Projects.
I sincerely appreciate the cooperation and understanding of the citizens of Ivanhoe as we work to improve our infrastructure.
.According to the Census Bureau, as of today, June 3rd, only 38.1% of the households in Ivanhoe have completed the Census. It is extremely important to be counted!! All funding is based on population. The higher our population count, the more funding we are eligible for.
I have mentioned this during every meeting for the past year. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO DO THIS!! IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR OUR CITY AND DOES NOT TAKE MUCH TIME!!
Update: May 1
On April 27th, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-18. Tyler County Judge Blanchette and I, Cathy Bennett, Mayor of the City of Ivanhoe have made the decision to basically adopt the Order that Governor Abbott has issued.
The City of Ivanhoe Third Executive Order is posted below. You will notice that I have attached the City of Ivanhoe Order to that of the Governor.
At the same time the governor issued his order, The Governor’s Report to OPEN TEXAS was issued. It is a 66 page manual produced by his Strike Force which details procedure for implementing the first phase of opening Texas. This is the link for that publication: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Report.pdf It is very easy to understand and quite specific. Please refer to it for clarification regarding how this phase of Opening Texas is to proceed.
We are still supposed to practice Social Distancing and stay home as much as possible.
As far as the parks and lakes in Ivanhoe, the IPOIA which owns the parks and lakes has agreed to open the parks from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as long as everyone adheres to the guidelines set forth by the Governor, which are that no one should gather in groups of more than 5 and Social Distancing must be practiced.