The 2015 City Council General Election is on May 9th this year. There are 3 council places that are up. These places are currently held by the following:
Place 1: Dr. Barbara Ray
Place 2: Lance Noll
Place 3: Kyle Kutch
The first day to turn in an Application for Place on the Ballot is January 28th and the last day to turn it in is Februrary 27th at 5:00 p.m. Click HERE for the candidate packet. Contact information is in the cover letter.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Texas Voter ID Law WILL REMAIN in effect for the November 2014 election. Please be prepared to show an approved form of identification when you vote. And please remember - the election clerks are there to HELP you! They MUST obey the Election Law!! Click HERE for the Gregg County early voting schedule.
Want to be in this year's Christmas Parade? It's December 1, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. For information and registration, click HERE. Let's make it a great one!
The City Council approved Ordinance 2014-10 to increase the water and sewer rates for the City of White Oak which will take affect in the first billing cycle after October 1, 2014. Click HERE to read the ordinance and see the new rates.
Ordinance 2014-11 adopts the City's FY 14/15 budget. Click HERE for the ordinance.
The property tax for the FY 2014/2015 budget was approved by Ordinance 2014-12. The adopted tax rate is $.53179/100. Click HERE to see the ordinance.
City hall will be closed Monday, September 1st in observance for Labor Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, September 2nd at 7:30 a.m. For non-emergency assistance, please call the police department at 903.759.0106.
The White Oak City Council adopted two new ordinances on August 27, 2014. It was mandated that a flood damage prevention ordinance be approved by local governments which includes a required permit for anyone wishing to build within the FEMA designated flood map. Click HERE for the approved flood damage prevention ordinance and HERE for the permit fee ordinance.
Good Morning White Oak! Please help me pass the word. This morning, a company called RG3 has began the task of changing out water meters throughout town. They should be completed within 60 days. So, if you see someone in your yard messing with your water meter and you know it is not a city employee, please do not be alarmed. These new meters are radio read, so employees will no longer have to read meters by hand. The software to these meters is very sophisticated, so we are very excited!
The Longview Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has requested citizens from the greater Longview area (and White Oak is a part of this group) to fill out this survey. I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to voice your opinion on what YOU think the most important transportation needs are for our area. There are two ways you can fill out this survey. You can respond online at www.LongviewMPO.com or you can print the survey and email it to MPO@longviewtexas.gov or physically mail the completed survey to: Longview MPO, P.O. Box 1952, Longview, TX 75606. Click HERE for the survey to print. Thank you for your time and opinions!
City offices will be closed Monday, May 26, 2014 for the observance of Memorial Day. If you have a non-emergency issue, please contact the police department at 903.759.0106. Thank you!
The regularly scheduled City Council meeting for today at 5:00 p.m. has been rescheduled for this Thursday, April 10th at 3:00 p.m. because of a scheduling conflict. The updated agenda has been posted under "Agendas & Minutes."
Packets are ready to be picked up for anyone interested in running for Mayor or City Council on May 10th. There are a few qualifications that must be met in order to run for a place on council. A candidate must:
■Be a registered voter
■Have lived in Texas for at least 12 months
■Have lived in White Oak for at least 6 months
These are just a few. If you are interested, packets can be picked up City Hall in the City Secretary's office. Applications will be accepted according to the Secretary of State's Election Calendar which is January 29th-February 28th.
For questions, please call City Secretary Sherry Roberts at 903.759.3936 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
City offices will be closed on the following days in 2014. If you have a non-911 emergency, please call the police department at 903.759.0106.
New Year's Day Tuesday, January 1, 2014
|Martin Luther King, Jr Monday, January 20, 2014|
|Good Friday Friday, April 18, 2014|
|Memorial Day Monday, May 26, 2014|
|Independence Day Friday, July 4, 2014|
|Labor Day Monday, September 1, 2014|
|Veterans Day Tuesday, November 11, 2014|
|Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 27, 2014|
|Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 28, 2014|
|Christmas Day Thursday, December 25, 2014|
|Day after Christmas Friday, December 26, 2014|
Ordinance 2013-06 was approved by the Council at today's meeting. A brief description of it is that this ordinance changes the minimum distance between occupied buildings or dwellings & enclosed structures for poultry. The minimum distance was reduced from 200 ft to 25 ft. To view the adopted ordinance, click here.
After our first year of admission fees to the City Splash Pad, staff felt like there was a need for fee revisions. City Council approved Ordinance 2013-03 Amending Section 54-71 of the City Code to Change Fees for Use of the City's Splash Pad.
If your dog or cat is running-at-large and City staff impounds the animal, there will be a fee of $25 assessed to resume possession of your animal. This is in accordance with City Code §10-72/73 Impoundment of Animals. Even if City staff has already transported your animal to the Northeast Texas Humane Society, the fee MUST still be paid. The fee can be paid at City Hall from 7:30-4:30 M-F and after hours at the police dept. A receipt showing the fee paid must be given to the Humane Society staff in order to pick up your animal. To find out if your animal has been impounded, please call the police department at 903.759.0106.
White Oak City Council approved a request from TXDOT to lower the speed limit on Hwy 80 on the east side of Hwy 42 during construction of a turn lane which is scheduled to begin in February. For a copy of the complete ordinance, click HERE.
Starting with this month's water bill, citizens can now contribute $2/month towards a dedicated fund specifically for the purchase of Christmas Decorations for the City of White Oak. If you would like to voluntary contribute $2/month thru the payment of your water account, please call Linda Lee at 903.759.3936 x20 to get this set up. You may view the approved ordinance by clicking this link.