City offices will be closed Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. If you have a non-911 emergency, please dial 903-834-3171 and press Option 1. In the meantime, have a wonderful and safe holiday. Please remember those that gave their life for our freedom.
During the Special Called Meeting Thursday, May 14, 2020, the City Council approved the reopening of the following on Monday, May 18, 2020:
- City Hall
- Police Department
- Overton City Park – Playground Equipment
- Overton City Park – RV Park
The Council did NOT approve the reopening of the Community Building because of the potential to have large gatherings. The Council made the decision to reopen the Community Building when Governor Abbott reopens venues where there would be the potential for large gatherings.
When visiting City Hall or the Police Department, there will be a limit of one (1) person in the lobby at any given time. City Hall has two (2) lobbies and there will be a limit of one person per lobby. Additional customers will need to wait outside while practicing social distancing. Staff highly recommends customers and citizens wear a mask when visiting City Hall or the Police Department.
We are excited about the reopening for our citizens and want to make sure you and well as our employees are protected. Stay Safe Overton!
There will be no court hearings during May.
Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht issued an Order prohibiting in-person court proceedings. The Order expires June 1, 2020 except as noted within the Order. If you need to speak to the City of Overton Municipal Court Clerk, you may email her at email@example.com or call (903) 834-3171, press 3 regarding your citation or payment arrangements.
Governor Abbott issued a document yesterday called Texans Helping Texans; The Governor’s Report to Open Texas.” Within this report are protocols for a variety of activities that Overton residents will want to participate in. An example within this document is the protocol for attending church. Staff has provided residents a link to this specific protocol. To view the document in its entirety, please click the name of the document above. The City of Overton urges all citizens to use preventative protocols to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Please stay safe Overton!
City staff members have been monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Mandatory Stay at Home orders were announced on March 27, 2020 by Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran and expires 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2020. Mayor Evans ratified Smith County Judge Moran’s Amended Order of a Local Disaster on April 1. The Mayor’s ratification will automatically be extended as Judge Moran extends Smith County’s. This ratification covers the entire City of Overton, not just the Smith County portion. If you have any questions, please call City Hall at (903) 834-3171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social distancing and staying home are imperative in slowing the spread of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Treat each person that you come into contact with as if they are a carrier of the virus. Please understand that you will continue to see traffic as employees from essential businesses are going to and from work. This stay at home mandatory order continues to allow citizens to obtain necessary supplies or services, e.g. groceries, medical prescriptions, household consumer products, banking. Citizens are still able to engage in outdoor activities such as walking, biking, hiking, and running as long as you practice social distancing. Please adhere to Judge Moran’s suggestions for the greater good of the community. Please click the link to see the differences between Essential vs. Non-Essential Businesses.
Rusk County has not yet issued a county-wide Stay at Home Order. However, Judge Hale urges Rusk County residents to stay home, stay safe, and to practice the social distances of 6 feet from others. Please remember to sanitize often and wipe down all surfaces multiple times per day while using gloves. If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 903-834-3171 or send an email to email@example.com.
The City of Overton Municipal Court’s show cause hearing for March 19, 2020 has been postponed until further notice. The municipal court clerk will notify all defendants when a new date has been scheduled.
If you have any questions, please call the court clerk, Jennifer Jordan, at (903) 843-3171, press 3 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 17, 2020, due to the recent COVID – 19 pandemic, Mayor Evans issued, signed and filed a “Declaration of Local State of Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency for the City of Overton” in the office of the City Secretary pursuant the Texas Government Code 418.108. This “Declaration” was needed so that the City of Overton can be eligible for Federal funding if needed to fight COVID-19 Virus. This declaration will also limit the number of people at public gatherings to 50 or less, which is currently recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The declaration is only good for seven (7) days as issued by the Mayor. In order to extend the declaration, Council must take official action.
To see the full Declaration, please click here.
Stay safe Overton!
**CITY HALL IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**
The City of Overton is monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and is taking preventive measures to help prevent the spread of the virus. For court and utility payments, staff encourages the use of the payment drop box to the right of the City Hall front door under the bulletin board. Envelopes are available for cash and check payments. *Separate envelopes are available for court versus utility payments* If paying in cash, please bring the exact amount. Any cash payment overages will be applied to your account. As always, payments can be made via phone at 903-834-3171, press 2 or online at the City of Overton.
MUNICIPAL COURT: The March 18, 2020 court date has been rescheduled for April 8, 2020. The above payment methods apply for court also. To sign up for defensive driving or for other court paperwork, please call the municipal court clerk at 903-834-3171, press 3 or email email@example.com.
The Texas Department of State Health Services provides the latest information on COVID-19, including the number of confirmed cases per county, testing locations, and ways to prevent the spread of the virus. The Tyler DSHS office phone number is 903-533-5210.
The public CPR class scheduled for Saturday, March 21 at the Overton Community Center is canceled and will be rescheduled. Any private rentals at the Community Center are allowed to continue (at the attendees’ risk). If you would like to cancel or reschedule a planned event due to the COVID-19, please call City Hall at 903-834-3171, press 2.
Public meetings for the City Council and Boards will continue as usual. The City is asking residents who show symptoms such as fever or cough or who have traveled to affected areas to refrain from physically attending these meetings.
Please follow us on Facebook at City of Overton for the most recent updates.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. City staff are still available by phone at 903-834-3171or email during regular business hours for any questions or concerns.
Stay safe Overton!
Proclamation – City Wide Spring Clean Up Days
Mayor Evans has issued a proclamation declaring Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th as City Wide Community Spring Clean up days in Overton, TX and will offer a free dump service at City Hall on these two days. Citizens must present their current Utility Bill to be allowed to dump.
The City of Overton and Republic Services will provide dumpsters at City Hall for citizens with a utility account to dispose of excess trash, large bulky household items , appliances and rubbish in an effort to continue to promote clean up efforts in Overton. Dump hours will be Friday, April 3rd (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Saturday, April 4th (8 a.m. until dumpsters are full).
To see the proclamation, please click here.
To see the list of acceptable and unacceptable items, 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.