Season’s Greetings!

 We kicked off our Holiday Season Saturday the 3rd of December with a Celebration/Open House at the Community Center. Sadly, because of the weather, the Annual Boat Parade had to be canceled but the party went on as scheduled with Christmas Carols, Cookies, Wassail and Santa and Mrs. Claus. It was great fun and a big THANK YOU goes out to the Friends of Ivanhoe for once again hosting an amazing event and to Gwynn Weiland for providing the beautiful decorations!

Due to the heavy rainfall, Rusty had to open the lake valves to prevent possible flooding. He keeps a close eye on the forecast and is out there in all kinds of weather. THANKS RUSTY!

The needed caulking was done on both Charmaine and Galahad Dams and holes were drilled on Galahad to determine if we had a void. Fortunately, no significant voids were found.

The City of Ivanhoe finally has a City Marshal. By now, probably everyone knows that Terry Riley was sworn in on November 23rd! He will officially be on duty as of the 6th of December. We will be discussing procedure, etc. at our upcoming Council meeting and we will be emailing info and posting it on our website. Congratulations to Terry Riley and to Ivanhoe!

Also sworn in November were our new City Council members, Chuck Vonderlin and Mark Peterson and myself as Mayor. Judge Judith Haney conducted the swearing in.

After the swearing in we unveiled the beautiful sculpture which stands in front of the City Hall. Johnny Harris of Quality Trees donated the gorgeous cedar log and Shirley Henderson, local resident and artist extraordinaire gave her time and talent. Be sure and take a close look at the detail. Thank you Shirley Henderson and Quality Trees!

Next, a huge THANKS goes out to Judge Haney for her guidance and hard work in getting our Municipal Court up and functioning. Now that we have a City Marshal we will definitely be needing our Municipal Court.

Our Tyler County/City of Ivanhoe project with Texas Target Communities Program at Texas A & M for the development of a comprehensive plan is another exciting thing that is happening in our City. We are currently working on a Vision and Goals and Objectives based on that Vision. A progress report on that project will be given by Council Member David Herrington at our upcoming Council Meeting.

Something else that is in the works is the installation of a tower to provide unlimited high-speed internet to our residents. Update on the progress will be provided at Council Meeting.

In conclusion, as we enjoy this wonderful Holiday Season let us give thanks for the many blessings that we have!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Cathy Bennett