By Caitlin McAllister
IVANHOE – The Ivanhoe City Council met in its regular meeting on Aug. 9. Among the agenda items were ongoing issues related to the city’s infrastructure, as well as a bond election.
Several city departments presented reports on their respective activities to the council; much of the content of these reports pertained to the city of Ivanhoe’s infrastructure. In his report, Ivanhoe Supervisor of Dams Rusty Harrison said that the Camelot Dam is scheduled to have a valve replaced. At least one other dam is currently in need of caulking, due to the growth of plant life is some of the dam’s expansion joints.
Later, David Marshal, head of Ivanhoe’s Public Works Department, said that the city will be starting to work on culverts soon. This will entail placing bulkheads on top of the culverts located at corners, to prevent cars from accidentally crushing the drainage pipes, as well as clearing drainage ditches throughout Ivanhoe.
Marshal, additionally, expressed desire for the Public Works Department to develop its own emergency response plan, and said that the city will soon begin efforts to clear areas that have become so overgrown that public works employees have not been able to work in them post-Harvey. He also said the Public Works Department has been struggling to keep up with road maintenance.
During the meeting, the council also voted to give notice of an election on a bond proposal to raise funds for road work throughout the city. The roads in Ivanhoe are deteriorating and are now in such bad shape that the postal service has stopped delivering mail to the homes of some Ivanhoe residents, on the grounds that the roads are in too poor of a condition for the carrier to drive down them. The proposal would, if passed, allow the city to raise $2 million to fix its road system through the sale of bonds. The bond election will be held simultaneously with other county elections on Nov. 6.