As we begin a New Year, let’s give thanks for all the good we have had in the past year and look forward to the upcoming year with high expectations!

Our Second Annual Boat Parade was a huge success! Thanks to all of the participants, the folks behind the scenes and all of the folks who came to see it!

This month, before our City Council meeting, we are hosting a Pot Luck Dinner to express our appreciation to our Law Enforcement here in Tyler County. We will be recognizing DPS, Tyler County Sheriff’s Department, our Constable and the Woodville Police Department for all that they do to keep our County safe. We ask that all of you come out to show your appreciation and bring your favorite dish. The dinner will begin at 5 PM.

The re-caulking of the Charmaine Dam spillway finally got finished! (I am sure Rusty is thrilled!) A new product was used and now we watch and see how it holds up. It is more expensive and more complicated to apply but the hope is that it will last much longer. Thanks, Rusty, for your patience and perseverance!

The big news is our endeavor to work out the details of a sale/transfer of the Community Center to the City. The council and the IPOIA are working together to determine what and how this would need to be done, looking at what best serves the Community of Ivanhoe. The proposal will be presented at the January IPOIA meeting and will be voted upon at the Annual IPOIA meeting in February. It has been discovered that the Community Center is the largest financial burden the IPOIA has and if it is owned by the City, the cost is much less because the City does not pay taxes and the insurance that the City has through the Texas Municipal League is not only much less expensive, it would cover all of the community groups that meet in the Center. Funding possibilities are being explored and will be discussed at the upcoming meetings of both the City Council and the IPOIA.

Please plan on joining us at our upcoming meetings: IPOIA, Jan. 9th; and City Council Jan. 14th.

See you there!
Cathy Bennett