2020 – News & Updates Archives

Update: Jan. 4

Due to a lack of a quorum for the regular Council meeting in January on the second Thursday of the month (January 9th), Mayor Bennett has postponed the regular meeting to Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at 6:30 PM.

Update:  March 17

Yesterday afternoon, Tyler County Judge, Jacques Blanchette, issued an EMERGENCY ORDER ceasing activities/gatherings of more than 50 persons in any county-owned facilities. 

This emergency order is in effect for thirty days from the effective date of March 16th, 2020 and may be extended as needed. 

Last Friday, March 15th, Marian Blackstone, President of the Ivanhoe Property Owners Improvement Association and I, Cathy Bennett, Mayor of Ivanhoe, jointly made the decision to curtail any events in the Ivanhoe Community Center sponsored by the City or by the Property Owners Association until further notice. 

As Mayor of the City of Ivanhoe, I have made the decision to also issue an official Emergency Order for our City which deals with the use of the City’s facility which you will find attached.

Thank you,
Cathy Bennett

Update: March 20

An emergency meeting of the Ivanhoe City Council was held March 20, at 5 PM to discuss and adopt both a DECLARATION OF LOCAL DISASTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY and an AMENDED EMERGENCY ORDER. 

The orders that Ivanhoe adopted are the same as those of Tyler County that were adopted the day before and actually are reflective of the orders that have come down from the State.

We are asking for everyone’s cooperation in this time of national crisis. 


It is hereby ORDERED that a twenty-four (24) hour curfew shall be in place immediately throughout the City of Ivanhoe for all individuals under the age of 18 who are:

  1. not in school;
  2. not accompanied by school personnel, a parent or guardian; or
  3. not going directly to their place of employment or going directly home from that place employment.

It also includes fines of up to $500 for violation of the order. Anyone violating the order will receive a written warning for the first offense and will be fined the full amount for any subsequent violation. 

Please click here for
Amended Emergency Order.

Please click here for
Declaration of Local Disaster
For Public Health Emergency

Update:  March 24

Please click here for
County Executive Order – 3/24/2020

Update:  March 29

Yesterday Judge Blanchette issued a Second Executive Order which is posted here on this website. He has exercised his authority to issue Orders that take effect for the entire County, not just the unincorporated areas. Cities have the authority to issue their own orders which must comply with the Orders of the County Judge but which can be MORE STRINGENT. We have had to do just that and I am posting Ivanhoe’s Executive Order now, March 29, 2020, which takes effect immediately. 

I would like our community to understand that we are taking this situation VERY SERIOUSLY. 

Ivanhoe is a resort community and we are blessed with our beautiful lakes and wonderful piney woods which we enjoy and want to share with our friends and extended family. At this time and because of what we are experiencing, we all need to understand that this is not time to invite folks up to the lake to party. We are under STAY HOME ORDERS AS ARE ALL OF THE SURROUNDING COUNTIES. Folks from other areas are UNDER THE SAME ORDERS AND SHOULD NOT BE LEAVING THEIR HOMES TO COME HERE!

We were forced to close our parks and swim areas Wednesday the 25th because instead of heeding the Executive Order that was in place, people were gathering in groups of more than 10 and certainly not observing the order for SOCIAL DISTANCING. Because people did not comply with the Orders, we had to take the measures we have taken. IVANHOE PARKS AND SWIMMING AREAS ARE STILL CLOSED AND THERE IS A FINE OF UP TO $1,000 FOR DISREGARDING THESE ORDERS. VIOLATORS WILL BE CITED.

We are taking these measures to protect the citizens of our county and of the City of Ivanhoe.


Update:  April 15

Within the next week or two we will begin ditch work and culvert replacement on Chanticleer between Ivanhoe Dr. and Lakewood and on Charmaine South. This work is to prepare for the repaving of each of these streets.

As the cross-culverts are replaced, it will be necessary to close the roadway and detour traffic. We will notify you on the City website and on  the City of Ivanhoe, Texas  Facebook page at least a day ahead of time regarding where the road closures will be. Each closure should last no longer than a day and a half.

Update:  May 1

On April 27th, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-18. Tyler County Judge Blanchette and I, Cathy Bennett, Mayor of the City of Ivanhoe have made the decision to basically adopt the Order that Governor Abbott has issued.  

The City of Ivanhoe Third Executive Order is posted below. You will notice that I have attached the City of Ivanhoe Order to that of the Governor.

At the same time the governor issued his order, The Governor’s Report to OPEN TEXAS was issued. It is a 66 page manual produced by his Strike Force which details procedure for implementing the first phase of opening Texas. This is the link for that publication: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Report.pdf  It is very easy to understand and quite specific. Please refer to it for clarification regarding how this phase of Opening Texas is to proceed.

We are still supposed to practice Social Distancing and stay home as much as possible. 

As far as the parks and lakes in Ivanhoe, the IPOIA which owns the parks and lakes has agreed to open the parks from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as long as everyone adheres to the guidelines set forth by the Governor, which are that no one should gather in groups of more than 5 and Social Distancing must be practiced.

Please click here for
Third County Executive Order – 4/30/2020

Please click here for
Second County Executive Order – 3/28/2020

Please click here for
Ivanhoe Executive Order – 3/28/2020

Update:  June 3



In order to keep costs down, the Public Works Department, headed by David Marshall, is doing the ditch work, the culvert replacement and the detour preparation along the roads that will be worked on. We have an outstanding Public Works Crew and they are working diligently to get the preparation done but they are barely able to keep ahead of the contractors, therefore I told David Marshall that we needed to concentrate on this work and that the individual driveway culvert installations would have to be put off until all the preparation work for all 4 projects was completed.

This is absolutely necessary in order to get this roadwork done, which we have been working on for so very long. 

The City has been installing individual culverts for folks without charging for materials or labor. The only thing people pay for is the actual culvert. The cost of material and labor ranges from $600-$700 per culvert installation. If you have paid for a culvert you can either wait for our crew to install it for free which could take up to 4 months, or you can pick up the culvert  you paid for and have Timberlakes or Kirkpatrick or some other reputable company install it. Whoever installs the culverts must get City approval to make sure that the grade is right and that the proper material is used. Any improper installation of culverts on City right of ways will be removed and reinstalled at the owner’s expense. The reason for making sure that they are properly installed is that the culverts are a part of the overall drainage and if not done correctly could cause damage to our roadways.

Just so you know, there may be some driveway culverts that need to be replaced or installed along the roadways involved in our 4 Projects.

I sincerely appreciate the cooperation and understanding of the citizens of Ivanhoe as we work to improve our infrastructure.


.According to the Census Bureau, as of today, June 3rd, only 38.1% of the households in Ivanhoe have completed the Census. It is extremely important to be counted!! All funding is based on population. The higher our population count, the more funding we are eligible for. 

I have mentioned this during every meeting for the past year. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO DO THIS!! IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR OUR CITY AND DOES NOT TAKE MUCH TIME!! 

Durwood Drive
Environmental Review Statement

Update:  July 1

COVID-19 Statement

Friday, June 26th Governor Gregg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-28 due to his concern regarding the spread of COVID-19. 

Having taken into consideration his concern, I have made the decision to cancel the evening golf cart parade, music and food vendors that had been planned for our 4th of July celebration. Our Volunteer Fire Department will be putting on their traditional fireworks display.

Again, in keeping with the Governor’s order, I am asking everyone to please practice social distancing as we gather to celebrate. 

I met with the president of our IPOIA before making my final decision and we were in agreement. They have posted guidelines for gathering on Facebook.

Please heed the governor’s orders and have a safe and happy holiday!

Catherine Bennett

Update: July 16

As of yesterday afternoon, July 15th, Tyler County exceeded 20 active cases of Covid-19. Counties with less that 20 active cases are exempt from the mandatory mask order the Governor put in place July 2nd.

Since we have exceeded that number, as of today, July 16, 2020 according to the Governor’s Order GA29  “Every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.”

Everyone entering the city offices will be required to wear a mask. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT ONE.The only exception would be if for medical reasons you are unable to wear a face mask. If that is the case, you will need to handle your business by phone or by email. 409-283-3299