WELCOME TO OVERTON
Designated Lone Star City
City Hall (903) 834 -3171 or (903) 834 -3172 Voice
Police Department (903) 834 - 3145 Voice (903) 834 - 3174 Fax
OEDC Funded Projects
Authorization of Funding for Projects\
Council Action ORD- 2015-02-19B
Ordering Election May 2015
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OEDC Funded projects
Prop #1 -
Replace Water and Sewer Lines Downtown
$ 184,270 34%
Prop #2 -
Rebuild Intersect Comm St. & Holland St.
Prop #3 -
Dam Improvements #1
Prop #4 -
Spillway Improvements #2
Prop #5 -
OMDD Funded Projects
Replace Community Center Floor
Replace Tables and Chairs in Community Center
Reconstruct- Repave Community Bld Parking Lot
Total All Sources
CITY OF OVERTON
TEXAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM
The City of Overton will hold a public hearing at 5:05 PM on Thursday, December 8, 2016 , at City Hall at 1200 S. Commerce St., Overton, Texas regarding the submission of an application to the Texas Department of Agriculture for a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program (TXCDBG) grant. The purpose of this meeting is to allow citizens an opportunity to discuss the citizen participation plan, the development of local housing and community development needs, the amount of TXCDBG funding available, all eligible TXCDBG activities, and the use of past TXCDBG funds. The City encourages citizens to participate in the development of this TXCDBG application and to make their views known at this public hearing. Citizens unable t o attend this meeting may submit their views and proposals to City Hall. Persons with disabilities that wish to attend this meeting should contact City Hall to arrange for such assistance. Individuals who require auxiliary aids or services for this meeting should contact City Hall at least two days before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Los residentes que soliciten información adicional en español o que requieren de un intérprete, por favor póngase en contacto con el Ayuntamiento por lo menos 72 horas antes de la audiencia pública.
For further information, contact Charles Cunningham, City Manager at 903-834-3172.
CITY OF OVERTON, TX
PUBLIC NOTICE OF SEALED BID FOR SALE
OF REAL PROPERTY
Bids shall be delivered in writing on the bid proposal form provided in the bid packet, signed by the bidder or an authorized representative, and enclosed in a sealed envelope to the City of Overton, City Secretary, 1200 South Commerce Street, Overton, Texas 75684. All bids shall be plainly marked “SEALED BID TO PURCHASE REAL PROPERTY. MINIMUM BID is $500.00. Bids must be received by 2:59 p.m., December, 13, 2016 to be considered. City staff will publicly open, read and tabulate the bids at 3:00 p.m. on December 13, 2016, City Council Chambers, City of Overton, 1200 South Commerce Street, Overton, TX 75684.
Bidders may contact the City of Overton, City Secretary at (903) 834-3172 for clarifications and questions
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.