By Chris Edwards
IVANHOE – Before getting to the regular agenda, the City of Ivanhoe welcomed its new mayor, one new councilmember and one returning councilmember, to its leadership at the regular meeting of the City Council last Thursday.
Before a large crowd, Municipal Judge Cathy Rader swore-in newly elected Skip Blackstone to begin his first term as Mayor of Ivanhoe. Newly elected councilmember Carolyn Williams and returning councilmember Will Warren were also sworn-in along with Blackstone.
Next, Rader swore-in the city’s Marshal’s Office officers, including City Marshal Terry Riley and deputy marshals Robert Krausman; Steve Drumm and Jim Zachary.
“I’m very humbled and honored to be your mayor,” Blackstone said, after the swearing-in and invocation was delivered.
Blackstone thanked his predecessor Cathy Bennett for all the years of service and “wonderful” things she has done for the city. He added that he is “drinking from a fire hydrant” in preparing to fill the role as mayor of the city.
After a few candid remarks, Blackstone updated the council on some grant-funded projects. Blackstone said city officials had met with the city’s grant administrator and talked a great deal about things that are coming along regarding various projects.
For the projects funded through the $11.4 million GLO grant, which was awarded last year, including the rebuilding of the Lake Ivanhoe and Camelot dams, Blackstone said that all of the properties the city needs to purchase have been identified for the Lake Ivanhoe Dam project.
As a result of the environmental study on the Camelot Dam, wetlands were discovered on the dam’s downhill slide. Blackstone said the city has two options – to go to the wetlands bank to buy comparable property for around $20,000, or it can purchase wetland property from IPIOA and trade that property.
Gregory nominated to council
Following Blackstone’s report to council, Warren made a motion to nominate Justin Gregory, a longtime Ivanhoe resident and entrepreneur to fill the empty seat on the council, which was vacated by Blackstone when he assumed the office of mayor.
Councilmember Tommy Morris also suggested Johnny Craven, who previously served on the council, to fill the position. Gregory was approved to fill the position, and Rader swore him in following the agenda item.
In addition to Gregory’s appointment, councilmember David Herrington put forth a nomination for Warren to serve as the city’s Mayor Pro-Tem.