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
Posted April 28, 2016
ATTENTION ALL CITIZENS OF OVERTON
We are attempting to contact the family of Justin Blanton who is buried in the Overton Municipal Cemetery. The contact information the City has on file is not valid information. If anyone knows how to contact Susan or John Blanton please have them contact the City Secretary Rachél Gafford at City Hall; phone number 903-834-3172.
Please share with as many people as possible to help us spread the word.
Also, if you own a plot in the City Cemetery and you have a deed or you do not have a deed, please contact City Hall also. We are trying to verify and get Plot Information cards filled out on all loved ones buried in the cemetery and who have purchased cemetery plots.
Mayoral Proclamations for the month of May
05/05/2016 - National Day of Prayer
05/01/2016 to 05/07/2016 - National Municipal Clerk's Week
05/09/2016 to 05/15/2016 - National Peace Officer's Week
05/15/2016 - National Peace Officer's Memorial Day
05/21/2016 - National Armed Forces Appreciation Day
Posted: February 15, 2016
ATTN: UTILITY BILLING CUSTOMERS
PLEASE CONTACT CITY HALL FOR A COPY OF THESE RULES 903-834-3171
WE NEED YOU SIGN AND RETURN A COPY OF THESE RULES FOR YOUR ACCOUNT RECORDS
Know the City Regulations Concerning Utility Bills!
- Water Meters are read between the 15th to the 20th of each month (weather and/or emergency situations permitting).
- Utility Bills are mailed on the 1st of the following month.
- All current billings are due by the 15th day of each month. Bills are due & payable between the 1st to the 15th of each month, and are PAST DUE after 7:30 a.m. on the 16th day of the month
- A Night Drop Slot at City Hall allows for payment after hours, money orders, checks and cash are accepted in the drop box. Please be sure to attach your water bill statement to the check or money order and write the service address on the check. Cash must be inside an envelope with the account number and service address listed on the envelope to ensure credit is given to the correct account.
- Night drop payments are accepted through the 16th at 7:30 a.m. and considered timely.
- Utility Billing Clerk will come in at 7:30 a.m. on the 16th and 25th of the month and post all payments from night drop. Before doors open at 8 a.m., all late charges will already be applied. No Exceptions
- When the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, the next business day is considered timely until 4:30 p.m.
- Each customer will receive a hand written receipt when the Utility Bill stub is not provided or the Utility Bill stub will be stamped “PAID” and the date the payment was accepted at the time it is accepted by the Utility Billing Clerk.
- Payments not received timely as outlined above will be charged a $10.00 late fee.
- Billings not received in full by the 25th of the month or night drop before 7:30 a.m. on the 26th of the month will be charged a $25 administrative surcharge and shut off (locked).
- Services for unpaid accounts will be disconnected after 8:00 a.m. on the 26th of each month.
- A surcharge is applied to any account where the payment is made after the 25th, even if the service had not been disconnected.
- No extensions on the above listed due dates shall be granted.
ADDITIONAL TRASH CARTS:
- Extra trash carts will be provided upon request for a fee of $5.32 per additional cart.
- Go to www.ci.overton.tx.us & click on the CREDIT CARD icon located on the right side of the screen.
- The City Website online payments will accept Master Card, Visa, American Express, Discover and PayPal. The website will also accept a bank card with one of these logos.
- Consumer will be charged a .35¢ convenience fee plus a 3% of the total amount charged when paying by credit card.
Past due – add $10.00
Payment Amount + 10.00 Late Fee + 25.00 Surcharge
1st – 15th
16th – 25th
Payment made after 25th - Scheduled for Disconnection
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.