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
Email us: info@cityofoverton.com

Area Agency on Aging Receives Funding to Expand Services for East Texas Seniors

East Texas, August 5, 2020 – ETCOG’s Area Agency on Aging (AAA) program has received a total of $2,695,330 in COVID-19 Families First Coronavirus Response Act Funds. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provided the additional funding for the nutrition services programs authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965. The need for these services, particularly home-delivered and packaged meals, has increased as community measures to slow transmission of COVID-19 have closed meal sites and have left many family caregivers unable to assist their older loved ones. A total of $628,039 has been received for the East Texas AAA senior nutrition program and will be expended through our home-delivered and congregate meal programs. The congregate meal program has transitioned to “grab and go” at all meal sites for safety purposes. A total of $2,067,291 was received for other AAA service delivery programs. For more information, please see ETCOG’s full news release at https://www.etcog.org/area-agency-on-aging-receives-funding-to-expand-services-for-east-texas-seniors-through-covid-19-pandemic

No Court Until August 19, 2020

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 info@cityofoverton.com. Thank you.

 

 

City Hall Closure

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 info@cityofoverton.com.

 

2020 Candidate Election Application Packet

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

Public Works Tech Needed

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

POSITION 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.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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

BENEFITS:

  • 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 for the 2020 Fireworks in the Park Event

!!**++UPDATE TO 2020 FIREWORKS IN THE PARK EVENT!!**++

THE EVENT WILL GO ON! (with some minor changes)

The City of Overton’s Fireworks Committee (which includes the mayor) met this morning to discuss Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29 announced yesterday. The Committee made a few protocol changes. According to Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29, if you are in an outside open space, you must wear a mask if you cannot social distance. Therefore, we ask that you bring your masks and if you are near other attendees that are not in your group, please wear your mask.
Staff members shuttling attendees will be required to wear a mask. Drivers will not be allowed to pick up anyone outside of your family/friend unit/group. Please be patient as the drivers shuttle people back and forth. We only have one 8-person golf cart, so if you see it half-empty, know it is because the drivers will not be allowed to pick up anyone outside of that group/unit.
We have canceled the kids inflatables. We will still have a game for them and the playground. Remember, you can fish in the lake too! (Follow all Texas Parks & Wildlife rules).
We will mark off 10′ spaces on the dam and along Lakeshore Drive for groups/units. Please stay in these areas with who you arrived with and do not congregate outside of your area. Remember – NO MORE THAN 10 TO A GROUP/UNIT.
If anyone has any other safety protocol suggestions (we have the cleaning/sanitation thing handled) outside of the norm, please hit us up! We want everyone to enjoy this event while practicing social distancing and being safe!
Thank you and we’ll see you tomorrow! Remember, food and retail vendor booths open at 5:00 p.m. and fireworks will start at dark – around 9:ish!

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.