So much has happened since our last newsletter! We had a great 4th of July weekend with delicious burgers and hot dogs prepared by our Ivanhoe Volunteer Fire Department; followed by another successful Golf Cart Parade and, of course, the wonderful fireworks display. Sincere thanks to our Fire Department!! Something new this year…our neighbor, Brian Morvant, had his drone out filming both the Golf Cart Parade and the Fireworks. Thanks, Brian!

Roads…. Next, our Mini-Ex arrived and is out there at work! Less than a year ago, I recall telling folks that we did not even own a lawn mower! Now we own a tractor and trailer, a dump trailer, a pick-up truck and (thanks to Tommy & Patsy Morris) a lawn mower, not to mention a fenced lay-down yard!

This is very important for our City, as up to this point we have had to pay a contractor to do all of our roadwork. We now have a four-person road crew and are able to do much of our own work which will save us a great deal of money.

Dams….The caulking on both Galahad and Charmaine dams was completed and voids filled. There is one more void to fill on Charmaine and we will have that work done in October. Council decided to postpone the repair until the beginning of our next physical year as our dam fund was depleted. Since the joints are sealed, we should have no further erosion. The repair will not require lowering the lake.

Our City Marshal is doing a great job! We also have two deputy marshals to cover us when Terry is not available. Thanks so much to all three of you!

We also have a Code Enforcement Officer in training and hopefully we will have one more soon. These folks volunteer their time and we cannot thank them enough.

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, our council members will not be involved in social media largely due to open records requirements. We do not have the staff to handle it. However, we are aware of what is posted and I would like to assure everyone that all of our records are open. Budget figures are available to all. I am certainly available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Also, I would encourage everyone to come to meetings, both City Council and IPOIA. Get first-hand information.

Finally, as most of you know, Leon passed away June 29th. I cannot fully express the gratitude I feel to the members of this community for the love and support I have felt as we went through this. The final 6 months were very difficult. Your patience and understanding has been so appreciated. Thank you.

In closing, I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at upcoming meetings.

Cathy Bennett