By Chris Edwards
IVANHOE – In a special-called meeting of the Ivanhoe City Council on Thursday, June 2, the council approved the resignation of long-serving city judge Judith Haney and appointed a replacement.
During the short meeting, the council approved the appointment of Judge Trisher Ford to serve as the city’s magistrate.
Council also approved a resolution to authorize Ivanhoe Mayor Cathy Bennett to sign acceptance of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments’ regional mitigation program funds.
The funds were allocated to the region serviced by DETCOG for the benefit of communities included in the Hurricane Harvey Presidential Disaster Declaration.
Prior to the special meeting, the council held a workshop to discuss a comprehensive plan for the city developed by GrantWorks for the coming fiscal years 2022-32.
The plan, which was drafted, and paid for through the federal Community Development Block Grant program, includes recommendations based on population forecasting made through the 10-year window it covers.
Busera said that according to their projection, the population will likely shrink a bit, but that it would not be anything significant to worry about, he said.
Bennett told Busera there were discrepancies in the most recent U.S. Census figures, that both Tyler County and Ivanhoe had grown, despite what the figures had shown. This was important to note, as Bennett said, because grant funding is based on population figures.
Busera outlined parts of the plan that spoke to the city’s marketability to potential developers; that it should be marketed as a charming lakeside city. Also, he noted a potential for resort-style living. The plan also covered infrastructure and land use within the city.
Bennett said the documentation sent by GrantWorks is thorough and “very important,” and asked for more time for the councilmembers to go over the material.