by Emily Waldrep
Ivanhoe city council held its regular meeting on September 11 at 6 p.m. All members were present besides Jim Gremillion.
Some internal acrimony among council members surfaced at the end of the meeting during council comments. Councilman Priddy said that recently he and Councilmen Morris and Gremillion had criminal charges filed against them by Councilman Baier for misappropriation of public funds.
The Tyler County Grand Jury no- billed the case. Councilman Priddy noted that the criminal charge was a waste of taxpayer dollars and said it indicates that Councilman Baier is not interested in working with other members of the council. He asked for Councilman Baier to resign. Councilman Baier responded that he would not resign, and that he felt that misappropriation of public funds was justified.
Returning to council business, a special guest, Randy Blanks, was present and spoke about agenda items related to the Community Developmental Block Grant Street Improvement Project for the city.
Blanks summarized the activities that have occurred with the notification of the award of the grant to the city in August and let council members know that staff from the Texas Department of Agriculture will make a site visit to Durwood Drive in the coming weeks.
Councilman Priddy made a motion to continue with the Community Development Block Grant and the motion passed unanimously.
Next, council heard from Supervisor of Dams Rusty Harrison. He reported that the guardrail repairs on Charmaine were completed and that the portion of guardrail from the dam that is still in good condition will be utilized for replacing the guardrail at Camelot dam low water crossing.
The security liaison for the city reported that August was a quiet month with 34 calls including four for criminal mischief, three for disturbances, three for animal complaints, three for thefts and two for burglaries.
In a report from the liaison for streets, councilman Priddy reported that 39 hours of grading occurred during August while the streets had sufficient moisture to work and the grader operator was available. Priddy and Morris also met with a contractor that will overlay hot mix on a badly deteriorating section of paved street. The contractor was authorized to overlay a 165-foot- by-16 foot portion of Charmaine Drive at a cost of $5,400.
The council also approved Timberlakes Construction as the business which will provide routine street and right of way maintenance for 2015.
The Mayor added that he has asked Timberlakes Construction to look into acquiring equipment that could be used in overlay projects and possibly save the city money for such future projects.