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

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.

Now Hiring – Multiple Positions

The City of Overton is now accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Full Time Police Officer
  • Full Time Public Works Tech
  • Full Time PW Maint/UB Tech

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. Police officer applicants need to complete the TCOLE application instead, which can be accessed here.  Positions will be open until filled.

FULL TIME POLICE OFFICER – Performs a variety of law enforcement functions on behalf of the City’s Police Department; patrols assigned areas of the City; detects and deters criminal activity; participates in criminal investigations; conducts traffic enforcement duties; provides information and assistance to the public; prepares law enforcement records and documentation; and performs other related duties as assigned. To download a complete Job Description please click here.

FULL TIME PUBLIC WORKS TECH – Performs work necessary to provide maintenance to all public works (PW) operations (water, sewer, street, parks, and other departments assigned) within the city. To provide maintenance, service and repair for small engine equipment of the city. This position coordinates with the PW Supervisors daily. To download a complete Job Description please click here.

FULL TIME PW MAINT/UB TECH – Performs work necessary to ensure that Utility Billing has all information needed to bill for services. Work will include meter readings, initiating/discontinuing service, and processing Work Orders received from Utility Billing. Performs work necessary for building and grounds maintenance of the City. Work will include janitorial and basic maintenance of City buildings, ensuring Community Center is stocked and clean, and mowing/weed-eating. Will also provide maintenance, service and repair for small engine equipment of the city. This position coordinates with the City Controller and UB Clerk daily. To download a complete Job Description please click here.

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.

FY2020 Adopted Budget and Fee Schedule Information

The FY2019-2020 Budget was adopted by Council on 9/12/19.  The Council also approved some changes to the fee schedule, mainly an approximate 5% increase in water and sewer rates, which is partially offset by a decrease in residential trash rates, and a decrease of some building permits fees.

To see the FY2019-20 Adopted budget, please click here.

To see the FY2019-20 Fee Schedule, please click here.

Below is a summary of the impact of the utility rate changes:

To see the full utility rate comparison, please click here.

OEDC and OMDD Board Applications Accepted

OEDC and OMDD Board Applications Accepted
The Overton City Council is now accepting applications for qualified interested citizens willing to be appointed to and serve on the Overton Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) Board or on the Overton Municipal Development District (OMDD) Board to fill vacancies (current and future):

Qualifications include proof of residency in the City of Overton, current voter registration and the ability to attend a minimum of one evening meeting per month.  Individuals interested in applying may obtain an application here or at City Hall.  Completed applications are to be submitted to the office of the City Secretary located at the Overton City Hall, 1200 S. Commerce, Overton, TX 75684.  Applications will be reviewed by City Council who will appoint chosen applicant to the position.

2019 Fireworks in the Park

Click here for the T-Shirt/Cap Pre-Order Form.  Deadline to pre-order is extended until June 23rd.

If you are interested in having a booth at the event, please click here for the Booth Application.  Booth application deadline is June 28th.

Notice of Open Spaces – General Election – November 5, 2019

Posted 6/13/19 4:00pm

NOTICE OF OPEN SPACES FOR A PLACE ON THE BALLOT FOR OVERTON GENERAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 5, 2019

Notice is hereby given that the following places on the Overton City Council will be open for the General Election

Mayor – C. R. Evans, Jr.

Place 2 – John C. Posey, Jr.

Place 4 – David Stone

City of Overton Citizens, who may be interested in filing as a Candidate for a place on the Overton City Council General Election ballot, may do so between the following dates:

Saturday, July 20, 2019 to Monday, August 19, 2019 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Deadline to Order General Election:  Monday, August 19, 2019

Please contact the City Secretary for a General Election Candidate Application Packet.

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.