There will be no court proceedings until the week of August 19, 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. There are no payments being accepted in person at this time. If you need to make a payment, please use the drop box in front of City hall or use the City’s online payment system at https://cityofoverton.com/online-payments/. For questions, please call dispatch at (903) 834-3171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
A city employee has tested positive for COVID-19; therefore, City Hall will be closed for two (2) weeks beginning Friday, July 31, 2020 and will reopen on Friday, August 14, 2020 as long as no other employees test positive. During this time, City staff will be doing a deep cleaning of City Hall and employees are suggested to get tested. We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your patience while we all muddle through these trying times. We will revert to utility payments being paid online, by phone, or by drop box. If you choose to pay by cash via the drop box, please either use correct change or know that the difference will be applied to your account. There is now an intercom system at the front door that customers can use to speak to City employees. If you have any questions or need to speak to a city employee, please call City Hall at (903) 834-3171 or email us at email@example.com.
The City Council General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. There are three (3) Councilmembers terms that are up for the City Council General Election:
|Council Place #||Current Incumbents|
|Seat #1||Trampas Freeman|
|Seat #3||Jerry Clark|
|Seat #5||Michael Paul Williams|
Filing for a place on the General Election Ballot begins on Saturday, July 18, 2020 and ends on August 17, 2020 at 5 p.m. Application packets may be filed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday – Friday) with City Secretary Rachél Gafford at City Hall (1200 S. Commerce St., Overton, TX). In order to be eligible to file for a place on the ballot the applicant must be a minimum of 18 years of age, have resided in Texas for at least 1 year, and have been a resident of the City of Overton for at lease 6 months prior to the filing deadline of August 17, 2020.
Click here for a complete 2020 Candidate Election Application Packet0001
Job Title: Public Works Tech – Sewer FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Department: Public Works Compensation: Hourly
Supervisor: PW Supervisor – Sewer Work Location: Field Operations
Job description statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job title. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required
Performs work necessary to provide maintenance primarily but not limited to the sewer system but also to include all other public works operations (water, streets, parks, and other departments) within the city. Performs maintenance, service and small engine equipment repairs as needed on city equipment. This position coordinates with the Public Works Supervisor(s) daily.
- High School Diploma or General Equivalency Degree (GED)
- Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License
- Preferred one (1) year experience in construction or utility work or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
- Ability to obtain Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Class D Wastewater license within six (6) months of hire date.
- Ability to obtain TCEQ Class D Water license within one (1) year of hire date.
- Ability to obtain TCEQ Class C Wastewater license will be required within nine months of meeting TCEQ’s time requirement
- Free Employee Health, Dental, Vision, Disability and Life insurance
- Dependent coverage available at the employee expense
- TMRS 6% – 2 to 1 match
- Paid Time Off (PTO) accrual of 3 weeks with step increases for years of service
- 13 paid holidays
For a complete Public Works Tech – Sewer job description Click here
For a direct link to the City of Overton Job Application form Click here
!!**++UPDATE TO 2020 FIREWORKS IN THE PARK EVENT!!**++
THE EVENT WILL GO ON! (with some minor changes)
Please make plans to join Officer J. Bagley on July 7, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. here at City Hall for a neighborhood crime watch meeting. Please see the link below for more information.
The following regular City Council meetings have been rescheduled:
The August 20, 2020 regular meeting will be held a week earlier on August 13, 2020.
The September 17 regular meeting will be held a week earlier on September 10, 2020.
History of Overton
The City of Overton, Texas located both in Rusk and Smith counties. Overton lies approximately 10 miles south of Kilgore (25 miles south of Longview), 15 miles west of Henderson and 20 miles southeast of Tyler.
The town was named after Major Frank Overton, an early settler and landowner who donated some of his land for the town site. It was platted in 1873 and a post office was granted that year.
Overton was originally intended to be a crossroads for two railroads. In 1875 the Henderson and Overton Branch Railroad, 16 miles long, was completed and was later joined by the International-Great Northern. When the nearby communities of Belleveu, Jamestown, Rocky Mount, and Salem were all bypassed by the railroad, Overton gained the businesses and people who wanted to benefit from the railroad lines. The town offered lots for businesses to relocate and many took the offer.
The Masons and Odd Fellows built the first school and a church was constructed in 1875. By 1888 the population had increased to 500 and had all essential businesses, including a newspaper. Overton prospered as an agricultural community and in 1904 the population had reached 568.
Oklahoman wildcatter C. M. (Dad) Joiner was drilling his third well in 1930 and the town of Overton helped raise the funds he needed to drill. When the well came in Overton, shared in Joiner’s success, as churches, schools, and a refinery were built. Hubbard College was founded during this time as well. The town’s once agrarian-based economy suddenly revolved entirely around the production of oil.
Overton’s population exploded from 426 in 1931 to 3,000 in 1933. By 1936 it was up to 4,500 and the town went through the Great Depression relatively unscathed. But by the end of World War II the population had declined by half – reaching just 2,000 in the 1950s and remaining at that level through the 1970s. In the 1980s Overton was Rusk County’s “second city” with a population of 2,430 in 1983. By the 1990s Overton extended into neighboring Smith County.