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City of IvanhoeBy Chris Edwards
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IVANHOE – The Ivanhoe City Council met in its regular monthly meeting last Thursday, with Mayor Skip Blackstone starting off with his report, which outlined some grant-funded projects.

Blackstone said the $11.4 million GLO-allocated grant for flood and drainage is waiting for the state Historical Commission to approve archeological digs, and once approved the final notice will run through the granting authority, with the estimated authority to use the funds starting February of this year.

For the $7.9 million CDBG-funded streets and flood drainage improvements grant, Blackstone provided a map outlining some of the areas intended for work under the funds and said the map will be published to the city’s website.

Blackstone also provided an update on a $1.9 million grant for roadway drainage that is part of the 75979 Project, is awaiting GLO review and requests for more information. Blackstone said it may end up going to contract late this summer.

Another grant, a $300K to repair 22nd street, which is funded through the TDA Community Development Grant, is “a done deal,” Blackstone said, with a contract anticipated in March.

A $300K comprehensive plan that is ongoing needed more input from the council, Blackstone said, as to what would fit the city’s needs. A previous plan was conducted, and a lot of things were found to be ill-fitting of what would fit Ivanhoe, Blackstone said.

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