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Ivanhoe Council discusses dam issues, expenses in Dec. Meeting

by Emily Waldrep

Ivanhoe City Council held its monthly meeting on December 12 at City Hall with Mayor Jack Brockhouse, Jim Gremillion, Tommy Morris, Tom Welch and David Baier in attendance. Rowland Priddy was not in attendance.

The meeting began by accepting the November 14 meeting minutes as well as the November 13 Election Canvas minutes. The November 14 meeting minutes were passed unanimously, and the Election minutes were passed with David Baier abstaining.

The Council also discussed the budget and financial report from C.D. Woodrome, the city treasurer. The report covered recent APAC expenses for dam work, Web site expenses and various other expenses, including road maintenance.

"The last two years for the street maintenance we have been operating with close to $170,000 to $180,000 to work with," Woodrome said. "The budget that was set up this year is considerably less than that, so if council members start getting complaints about the roads not being maintained like people are used to, it's because we don't have that additional $50,000 to $60,000 dollars this year. The reason behind that is we needed to make sure we had enough money in the budget for caulking the dams, and now we have the trouble with Charmaine Dam."

Rusty Smith, supervisor of dams, has been keeping citizens updated with the dam maintenance issues that have been occurring in Ivanhoe recently. According to Smith, Gallahad dam will need to be re-caulked soon as it looks to be breaking down. Lake Charmaine is also exhibiting hollow spots behind the concrete slabs in the spillway. Holes will need to be drilled to identify the hollow spots, and those will then need to be filled with flowing grout.

"It will take some time," Smith said.

In the meantime, Ivanhoe is waiting on APAC to finish the work started on Camelot Dam so that work can be continued on the other dam. Pipes still need to be set in near the overflow box at Camelot, which is a substantial amount of work to be completed.

"The lake will have to be emptied again to complete this work," Smith said.

In other business, the Council had to vote to appoint a chairperson and vice chairperson to the planning and zoning commission. John Craven, Jr., was voted as chair and Sharon McIntyre was voted as vice chair, with Morris and Gremillion voting for the positions and Welch and Baier abstaining. It was also decided during the meeting that Joe McIntyre would continue to be the flood plain manager and Tom Welch was nominated as the representative for the Tyler County Appraisal District.

After a short executive session, Tommy Morris withdrew the two agenda items tabled from the November meeting concerning returning to 870 Charmaine East for regular City Council meetings and the lease agreement with the IPOIA for use of the Buck Priest Community Center for regular meetings. The council also voted to approve paying an attorney for legal research regarding issues raised by the recent election and resignations and withdrawn resignations of council members Tom Welch and David Baier.

The next city council meeting will be held on January 16, 2014, at 7 p.m.