Greetings Everyone

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 Gageto 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!

Happy Easter!
Cathy Bennett