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Ivanhoe Council studies speed limits

by Emily Waldrep

Ivanhoe held its monthly board meeting on September 12 with all board members present.

The council adopted Ordinance #2013-7, authorizing the tax rate for fiscal year 2013 to be 0.76833 cent per one hundred dollar valuation. All board members passed the ordinance.

Supervisor of Dams, Rusty Harrison, also updated the council on the work that had begun on Lake Camelot Dam. According to Harrison, the contractor had dug out the sinkhole beside the street to the bottom of the standpipe, but found no hole that might be causing the cave-in. The area was filled in and leveled and the contractor excavated the area where the replacement flood control pipe and valves will be located. In addition, Monarch Water was notified of a 4-inch water line buried at the location that had a coupler that was bowed, indicating it was under substantial stress. Councilman Baier expressed concern about the water line, but Harrison reported that if there was damage or problems with the water line, it would be Monarch Water's responsibility to fix the water line and repair the road at their expense.

In the monthly security report, Councilman Morris reported that there were a total of 43 call responses, resulting in four arrests. There were also seven burglaries reported. Deputy Davis reminded everyone to contact the Sheriff's Department regarding anything suspicious in the neighborhood.

Council also had a first reading of a new ordinance, Ordinance #2013-3, Required Inspection Guidelines. The Ordinance pertains to utility connections. A few of the council members had questions about the ordinance and stated that it would be a hard ordinance to monitor. The city attorney said that he would make sure the ordinance clause and other legal items were inspected before the second reading.

The council also read a new ordinance that would establish a speed limit on city streets after a few complaints have been made. Previously, the main roads had speed limits set by the state but it is now the city's responsibility to set all speed limits, including the side streets. The city would like to set the speed on residential streets at 15 to 25 miles per hour, depending on the street and where it is located. This was the first reading of the ordinance and no action was taken.

Mayor Brockhouse also reviewed the proposed water rate increase in Ivanhoe that was filed September 3 by Monarch Water. Water customers will see an increase of 9.9 percent to the base rate of about 10 percent increase for the water effective January 1. The filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality also includes an additional 4.5 percent increase to the base rate. The Mayor spoke to the Coalition of Cities and attorneys in Austin about fighting the increase and expects that it will cost $7,500 to fight the water increase. Council voted to adopt a resolution that would allow the city, along with the coalition of cities, to suspend the water tax increase.

The next meeting will be held on October 10 at 7 p.m. at the new City Council building.

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