We have lots of news this month: Beginning this coming Saturday, February 3rd, at 10 AM the Friends of Ivanhoe will be hosting a debate of the candidates for Tyler County District Attorney. Realizing the importance of informed voting it was decided to invite them to debate so that we could have the opportunity to experience them in person answering questions. Be sure and be there!

In our last newsletter, I mentioned having submitted an application for a CDBG grant for roadwork. We have not yet gotten word from our grant writer as to whether or not it has been granted. We were hoping to have word by the end of January.

We have a new addition to our office staff, courtesy of Workforce Solutions for one whole year! Malisse Taylor (daughter of Lea Craven) began work the 25th and we are absolutely thrilled to have her.

Next to come on board is David Marshall, who has agreed to taking on the volunteer position of Public Works Coordinator. Please take a look at his Bio. He brings a great deal of expertise and will be the go-to person for concerns. Instead of calling the office and reporting problems to CD, please call David. The number is: 409-550-9498. Since he is retired he will be more available to assess needs and work closely with Foreman Michael Webb in establishing an efficient work plan.

Another great addition to our volunteer team is former Council Member, Will Warren. For those of you who may not know, Will has stepped up to assist us in establishing our HR department. Now that we have employees this is extremely important and we are so grateful to have someone with his experience advising us.

Rehearsal has begun for Lakeside Theater Company’s upcoming dinner theater, with 16 cast members participating! It is really exciting to have so many new people getting involved! “Death by Dessert” by Nathan Hartswick will be presented March 16, 17 & 18th.

During a Special Meeting January 31st it was decided to move forward with a Bond Election to be held in May to be able to do much-needed road work. We will be holding MANY Town Hall Meetings to present the plan to our citizens. Please make sure to attend. Meeting schedules will be posted on the City Website, on the front information sign and sent to the email contact list.

At our January Council Meeting, Brad Elrod came on board as our new City Attorney. We are thrilled to welcome him. We would like to thank Tim McDonough for his 5 plus years of service in this capacity.

As most of you know, Council members cannot participate in Social Media. Please be aware that Facebook pages that have been created are in no way official and unfortunately a great deal of mis-information is posted on these pages. All of our records are open. Please get the facts straight before posting things that are not true and call the office or your council members to ask questions if you are concerned about issues. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cathy Bennett

David Marshall Bio

In 1986 David went to work for TxDoT, beginning his career in roadway maintenance, construction and heavy equipment operation.

After 11 years he began his teaching career with the Texas A&M University, working with their Texas Engineering Extension Service. He was responsible for the instruction of asphalt materials and their correct applications and the safe operation of heavy equipment.

After 8 years he was asked to return to TxDot as a maintenance supervisor within the Houston District. He was responsible for approximately 450 miles of roadways within Fort Bend County. He remained in this position for 4 years, at which time he received an opportunity to return to teaching with Amarillo Jr. College to instruct TxDOT employees once again.

He retired in 2016 with a combined total of 30 years of State Service. Even in retirement, he continues to teach for TxDoT.

Ivanhoe IRIS Alerts:

As a follow up to the Town Hall Hurricane Harvey De-Briefing meeting we held in October, it has been arranged for IRIS alerts pertaining exclusively to Ivanhoe to be sent via cell phone. You do need to sign up by calling the Emergency Management office. 409-331-0874.