2019 – News & Updates Archives


You may have noticed that sign posts have been installed at the corners of Ivanhoe Dr and Camelot and at the corner of Ivanhoe Dr and Chanticleer.

On the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission, City Council agreed to create 4 way stops at both of these intersections. This is to prevent accidents. There have been numerous accounts of close calls at both locations and we are looking out for the health and safety of our citizens.

Please be aware and take special care. It will take time for everyone to become accustomed to the new 4 way stops, so make sure that the oncoming traffic is going to stop before you proceed into the intersection.

Pictured Left to Right: Deputy Chuck Marshal, Deputy Mark DeShazo, Chief Deputy Steven Hoke,
Marshal Terry Riley, Mayor Cathy Bennett, Mayor Pro-tem Tommy Morris. Unable to attend: Deputy Arin Dees.

A capacity crowd gathered at the Ivanhoe Civic Center Thursday evening the 24th to show their appreciation to City Marshal Terry Riley and his Deputies. Mayor Cathy Bennett expressed her gratitude to the City of Woodville for their cooperation. Captain Mike McCulley representing Woodville PD, congratulated Marshal Riley for a job well done, mentioning that the three part time Deputies serving Ivanhoe are full time officers with Woodville PD.

Mayor Bennett and Mayor Pro-tem Tommy Morris presented Marshal Riley with a Proclamation which outlined many of the outstanding accomplishments he has achieved in the two short years his department has been functioning. Marshal Riley was the guiding force as the city applied for and achieved its City Marshal status, doing the research and preparing the documentation required.

Realizing the limited funds the City of Ivanhoe had, he bought and maintained the first vehicles the city used. Subsequently, he pursued and obtained, much-needed grants for equipment, including cameras, computers and a brand new vehicle for the Department. He has also acquired other vehicles at little or no cost to the City, one being a Hum-V that will serve us well in the event of another storm situation like we experienced with Hurricane Harvey.

He has built a strong and effective department, bringing in the three part time Deputies and most currently, a full time Deputy (32 hours per week).

Last year the Marshal’s Department responded to a total of 587 calls, 327 of which were responded to by Marshal Riley. There were two major incidents in this past year.

• One was an assault with a deadly weapon. A warrant was issued and served. The victim is recovering and the suspect is in jail awaiting trial.

• The second was a “Wellness Check” which resulted in the discovery of two deceased bodies. Officially the case was determined to be a natural death and a suicide. There was no foul play.

What many do not realize is that cases like these take a lot of time to resolve. Everything was handled in the best manner possible.

As mentioned earlier, the City of Ivanhoe is sorely underfunded. Marshal Riley is doing an amazing job with the funds available. He had been given a grant for additional funding for his department but the funding for that program was withdrawn shortly before the election and directed toward funding school security. That grant was to have been for five years and we are hoping that the funding will be available this year.

We currently have a budget for 45 hours per week which Marshal Riley has managed to stretch into 60 hours. When they are not on duty we rely on our County Sheriff’s Deputies and we certainly want to acknowledge their service to our community.

The City of Ivanhoe would like to acknowledge and express our appreciation for all of our dedicated law enforcement officers throughout the county and the state. Most importantly, we sincerely appreciate our City Marshal and his Deputies for the outstanding service to the City of Ivanhoe!


Open House
On 69 Corridor

If you are able to attend, please consider going. Although this is the segment of HWY 69 from Kountze to Warren and not in front of Ivanhoe, it is important for our people to show up and demonstrate interest in what happens with the HWY 69 expansion.


Ivanhoe is getting a Dollar General!

I received a very exciting phone call last night. The person contracted to clear the land for a Dollar General store was wanting to know exactly where he was to be working!

Dollar General will be opening by the end of this year! It will be located in Ivanhoe on Hwy 69 south of the entrance at the end of the acceleration lane!

We did not want to make the formal announcement until we were absolutely sure that it was going to happen but that time has come!

Cathy Bennett

Reminder from our City Marshal’s office:

If you have an emergency/urgent situation, please dial 911. DO NOT CALL THE CITY MARSHAL’S OFFICE. You will get the help you need much more rapidly if you call 911. If our Marshal or his Deputies are on duty, they will be notified immediately by the Dispatcher. If they are not, the Dispatcher will send a County Deputy. Remember, due to limited funds, we do not have our City Marshal/Deputies on duty full time.

If your situation is not an emergency, call the Marshal’s office at 409-283-2223. If no one is there, leave a message and your call will be returned.


Warning! Danger! Beware!

A holiday weekend is coming up and we will be having an influx of people here in Ivanhoe enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

If you decide to go out walking or riding on your golf cart, please do not go near the 200 block of Sir Henry Dr.

A court order has been issued for the removal/disposal of between 30-50 unvaccinated dogs. The owner of these animals has been bitten and is very concerned about them attacking someone else.

The City and the Court have been reaching out to many different organizations/sources to seek help in disposing of these un-adoptable animals. On two previous occasions, the Houston SPCA has come out to Ivanhoe to remove dogs from the same location but we have been informed that they cannot assist us with the current situation.

Sadly there is no animal control program in Tyler County and we certainly do not have the budget to maintain one here in Ivanhoe. We are still attempting to find a humane solution to this huge problem but in the meantime, PLEASE DO NOT GO NEAR THIS LOCATION!

This has become a health and safety issue that has to be dealt with and we will be moving as quickly as possible to resolve the issue.


The City of Ivanhoe is giving notice of the City’s intent to submit Texas Community Development Block Grant Program grant applications for a 2019 Fire, Ambulance, Service Truck (FAST) Fund grant request of $192,080 for the purchase of a Fire Truck in the City of Ivanhoe. The application is available for review at the Ivanhoe City Hall during regular business hours. Para obtener una copia en espanol, comuníquese con Mayor Cathy Bennett al 409-283-3299.


Reminder from Our City Marshal’s Office:

If you have an emergency/urgent situation, please dial 911. DO NOT CALL THE CITY MARSHAL’S OFFICE. You will get the help you need much more rapidly if you call 911. If our Marshal or his Deputies are on duty, they will be notified immediately by the Dispatcher. If they are not, the Dispatcher will send a County Deputy. Remember, due to limited funds, we do not have our City Marshal/Deputies on duty full time.
If your situation is not an emergency, call the Marshal’s office at 409-283-2223. If no one is there, leave a message and your call will be returned.

Monthly Council Meeting Date Change:

Most of the City Council members are retired and wish to enjoy some of the benefits of retirement, including time to travel and have a life outside of serving the citizen’s of Ivanhoe. Due to vacation schedules of several members of the Council, the regular monthly meeting date has been changed from June 13th because of a lack of a quorum needed to conduct the meeting. The June Council meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, June 27th.

4th of July Plans:

With the 4th of July falling on a Thursday this year, the Ivanhoe Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting the hot dog and hamburger fundraiser on Saturday, July 6th from 3 to 5:30 PM. Later in the evening (just after dusk) will be the awesome fireworks display over the lake by the Community Center. Be aware that parking is limited around the Community Center. Additional parking is available around the Charmaine Dam park across the dam from the Community Center. Also be aware that traffic across the dam will be shut down approximately an hour before the fireworks begin in order for the Fire Dept. to get the fireworks and equipment set up. The roadway will remain closed until about 30 minutes after the fireworks while the equipment is removed. Access to the park during that time will be via Charmaine South and Durwood coming around Lake Charmaine from Lakewood.

Mowing and Other Public Works Activities:

Our Public Works crew has begun the mowing of street right of way. The crew places signs informing the driving public of mowing and other street maintenance work underway. Sadly, some drivers have not paid attention to the signs to reduce speed. They have been ticketed. When speeding in a construction zone and ticketed, fines are doubled. On the rare occasion when a street must be closed for maintenance work, there is usually a secondary route around the work and the crew will provide directions. Please bear with the city workers, it may be inconvenient for a brief spell, but the work is to provide a safe travel surface for our drivers.


Parks & Lakes:

The Ivanhoe Property Owners Association owns and manages the Parks and Lakes within the City of Ivanhoe. Which means those areas are private property. In order to have access to the parks and lakes, you must be a property owner in Ivanhoe and pay the fee(s) that the Property Owners Association assesses in order to maintain the facilities. Failure to do so will result in a trespassing citation. The City Marshal and Deputies are law enforcement officers and they do write tickets, including for trespassing on private property. Property owners can arrange guest passes for their guests who wish to use the parks and lakes.

Safe and Fun Times:

The City Hall is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5, and on Saturday from 8 to noon. If you have questions or concerns you can call 409-283-3299 to reach the staff. The City Council and staff wish you an enjoyable and safe summer season.


Nov. 5

Come Join the Fun!!
6th Annual Ivanhoe Christmas
Boat Parade December 7th!!

Whether you are decorating a boat to be in the parade or coming to enjoy the festivities, please mark your calendars!

There will be Christmas music, refreshments (including delicious Christmas Cookies and Wasail) and Santa will be there for pictures and with gifts for the kids!

DECEMBER 7, 2019

It is time to get ready for our annual boat parade!! We are hoping to have record participation this year! So get some lights on your boat and come join the fun! 

Please register by either emailing or calling one of the numbers below. Last year we didn’t have many boats and we want to make this a banner year with more boats than ever! 

Boats will gather in front of Tommy and Patsy Morris’s dock (Charmaine South) at 5:30pm, the parade will begin at 6:00pm. 

Cathy’s boat will lead the parade with Santa in the last boat. He will disembark at the Community Center and the parade will continue on around the lake. Please keep boats in line as formed and follow the lead boat.

We always have a large crowd to view the parade and to enjoy the festivities in the Community Center afterwards so let’s make this a real crowd-pleaser! 

Santa will be giving out gifts for all the kids and we encourage photos with Santa!

Once boat parade is finished, join us at the Community Center for the activities! Get your picture taken with Santa!

We also encourage homeowners to decorate their homes lakeside so our entire lake will be sparkling with Christmas lights, and especially your docks.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Cathy Bennett    coicathybennett@gmail.com   409-429-6752

Suzy Fortenberry   lsfortenberry@gmail.com   409-504-4804

Update:  Nov. 8

Charmaine Dam will be closed Tuesday, November 12 in order to repair the void that was discovered on the downslope and a small area under the road surface.

Chance Construction will be here to do the work on that void and while they are here, we are going to have them drill some holes on the spillway to make sure there are no voids. This is why we have lowered the lake level so that the water is not coming over the spillway.

When Chance came out to drill the holes on the downslope, it did not look like the spillway was affected but we want to make sure.

As of this report, they only anticipate the work taking one to two days and of course there will be a need to let the concrete on the roadway harden. Hopefully we can use the steel plate that is in place now to cover the repaired area so that we can drive over it while it cures.

We will keep you posted.

Update: Dec. 13

Lake Charmaine level will be lowered to keep water from going over the spillway while Chance Construction cleans the Stilling Basin. The work is scheduled for 12/16 & 12/17/2019, at which time the valve will be closed.

Lake Tristan valve on 12/20/2019 will be opened to lower lake level approx. 1 ft. in preparation for replacement of Bulkhead.