Welcome to Overton, TX!

Designated Lone Star City
City Hall (903) 834-3171 – Fax (903) 834-3174
Police Department (903) 834-3145 – Fax (903) 834-3216

Public Notice – 2/26/2020

PUBLIC NOTICE:

Please be advised, the Overton Public Works crew is currently doing monthly fire hydrant flushing of water lines: this may result in low water pressure for a few customers.

Also, City Hall’s phone lines have been experiencing problems. CenturyLink has been notified and the City is awaiting their response.

Rescind Boil Water Notice – City of Overton Public Water System

Boil Water Notice Rescinded

February 18, 2020

On February 15, 2020, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the City of Overton public water system, PWS ID:  TX 2010002, to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals, or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

The public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of February 18, 2020.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Joshua Stuart, Public Works Supervisor – Water at (903) 834-3171.

Aviso de Hervir Agua Rescindido

18 de febrero de 2020

 El 15 de febrero de 2020 la Comisión de Calidad Ambiental de Texas requirió que el sistema público de agua Ciudad de Overton, PWS ID:  TX 2010002, emitiera un Aviso de Hervir Agua para informar a clientes, individuos o empleados que debido a condiciones que ocurrieron recientemente en el sistema público de agua, el agua de este sistema público de agua debía ser hervida antes de que se usara como agua potable o para otros fines de consumo humano.

El sistema público de agua ha tomado las medidas correctivas necesarias para restaurar la calidad del agua distribuida por este sistema público de agua utilizada como agua potable o para otros fines de consumo humano y ha proporcionado a la TCEQ resultados de pruebas de laboratorio que indican que el agua ya no requiere hervir antes de usarse a partir del 18 de febrero de 2020.

Si usted tiene preguntas sobre este asunto, puede contactar a Joshua Stuart, Supervisor de trabajos públicos en (903) 834-3171.

Boil Water Notice for the Overton Community Public Water System

Boil Water Notice for the Overton Community Public Water System
Date of Issue:  02/15/2020           Time Issued:    5:00 p.m.

Due to a large crack in the City’s 6’’ distribution line on State Hwy 135 (McKay Street), a pressure loss has occurred in the distribution system.  The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the City of Overton / ID Number 2010002 public water system to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption.  (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc).   Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions).

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Joshua Stuart, Public Works Supervisor – Water at 903-834-3171.

AVISO DE HERVIR AGUA PARA OVERTON SISTEMAS PÚBLICOS COMUNITARIOS DE AGUA
Fecha de emission: 02/15/2020                  Hora de publicación: 5:00 p.m. 

Debido a una gran grieta en la línea de distribución 6 ” de la ciudad en la carretera estatal 135 (calle McKay), se ha producido una pérdida de presión en el sistema de distribución. La Comisión de Calidad Ambiental de Texas (TCEQ, por sus siglas en inglés) ha requerido que el sistema público de agua de la Ciudad de Overton / Número de Identificación 2010002 notifique a todos los clientes que hiervan el agua antes de consumirla. (por ejemplo, lavarse las manos / cara, cepillarse los dientes, beber, etc.). Los niños, las personas mayores y las personas con sistemas inmunitarios debilitados son particularmente vulnerables a las bacterias dañinas, y todos los clientes deben seguir estas instrucciones).

Para asegurar la destrucción de todas las bacterias y otros microbios dañinos, el agua para beber, cocinar y hacer hielo debe ser hervida (y enfriada) antes de su uso como agua potable o para otros fines de consumo humano. El agua debe llevarse a una ebullición vigorosa y luego hervirse por dos minutos.

En lugar de hervir, las personas pueden comprar agua embotellada u obtener agua de alguna otra fuente adecuada para beber u otros fines de consumo humano.

Cuando ya no sea necesario hervir el agua, los funcionarios del sistema público de agua notificarán a los clientes que el agua es segura para beber u otros fines de consumo humano.

Una vez que el aviso de hervir el agua ya no esté en vigencia, el sistema público de agua emitirá un aviso a sus clientes rescindiendo el aviso de hervir el agua en una manera parecida al presente aviso.

Sírvase compartir esta información con todas las otras personas que beben esta agua, especialmente aquellas que quizás no hayan recibido este aviso directamente (por ejemplo, personas en departamentos, hogares de ancianos, escuelas y negocios). Puede hacerlo colgando este aviso en un lugar público o repartiendo copias a mano o por correo.

Si tiene preguntas sobre este asunto, puede hacerlo. Si tiene preguntas sobre este asunto, puede comunicarse con el Supervisor de Obras Públicas de Joshua Stuart al 903-834-3171.

 

Proclamation – Fire Chief Jim White

Proclamation – Fire Chief Jim White
Mayor Evans has issued a proclamation ordering all Flags in the City of Overton to half-staff in honor of the passing of Overton Volunteer Fire Chief Jim White.   To see the proclamation, please click here.

Now Hiring – PW Tech – Sewer

The City of Overton is now accepting applications for a Public Works Tech – Sewer position.

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

To download a Summary Job Description, please click here.

To download a Complete Job Description, please click here.

Interested candidates may apply in person at the City of Overton, City Hall, 1200 South Commerce Street, Overton, TX 75684. To download a printable version of the City of Overton employment application, please click here. Position will be open until filled.

 

City of Overton – 2019 Election Results

City of Overton – 2019 General Election Results
The City of Overton has officially canvassed the votes for the 2019 General Election.  To see the Officially Canvassed Results, please click here.

NOVEMBER 5, 2019 – GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS

Since the City of Overton is located in both Rusk and Smith County, in order to determine the number of total votes for a candidate you must look at the Elections Results (Unofficial) for both Rusk County and Smith County and add the totals from each County to determine the total votes that candidate received.  Election results are not official until Canvassed by the City’s Canvassing Board. The official Canvass will show the combined total votes from each County for each candidate. The official Canvass is scheduled to be done on 11/14/19.

City of Overton General Election Results (Unofficial)*
* Election results will be posted on the following two websites on Election Day (11/5/19) as the polling precincts turn in their tabulated results to each County Elections Office after the polls close.  Typically, the last precincts will be reporting between 9 to 10 p.m. Election Results are not official until they have been officially Canvassed by the City’s Canvassing Board.

Rusk County Elections Website Link:
https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/TX/Rusk/98746/web/#/summary?category=C_5

  • This link will take you directly to the results for the City of Overton Election.

Smith County Elections Website Link:
https://www.smith-county.com/government/departments/elections/election-results/-folder-576

  • On this page click on the “Joint Constitutional Amendment” hyperlink and scroll to page 4 to see the results for City of Overton.

Cemetery Notice – Vases

OVERTON MUNICIPAL CEMETERY PUBLIC NOTICE
FLOWER HOLDERS REQUIRED FOR FLOWERS
Attached is a notice to the public that flower holders are required to place flowers on gravesites in the Overton Municipal Cemetery.  For more information and examples of acceptable flower holders CLICK HERE.

Notice of General Election – 11/5/2019

NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION FOR THE CITY OF OVERTON, TEXAS

(ADVISO DE UNA ELECCIÓN GENERAL DE LA CIUDAD DE OVERTON, TEJAS)

To the registered voters of the City of Overton, Rusk County and Smith County, Texas:                                      (A los votantes registrados de la Ciudad de Overton, el condado de Rusk y el condado de Smith, Tejas)

Notice is hereby given that the polling places listed below will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, for voting in a General Election to elect:                                                                               (Se da aviso de que los lugares de votación que se enumeran a continuación estarán abiertos de 7:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m., el martes 5 de noviembre de 2019, para votar en una Elección General para elegir:)

  •  Mayor (Alcalde)
  •  City Council Member Place #2 (Miembro del Concejo Municipal # 2)
  •  City Council Member Place #4 (Miembro del Concejo Municipal # 4)

To see the full Notice of General Election, please click here.

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.