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The City of Wharton is continuing to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is taking precautionary measures to keep residents and city staff as safe as possible. A number of city events and activities have been canceled, and we are continuing to share information on the virus from trusted public health agencies.

For accurate and reliable information, please be sure to visit the following resources:

Utility Payments

The City is encouraging its utility customers to pay their bills online, over the phone or in our 24-hour deposit box.

  • Paying online by Clicking the Online Payments Button on the front page of the website.
  • As an additional method of encouraging social distancing, the City is recommending payment through the Courtesy Drop Box located in the parking lot of City Hall. We ask that you DO NOT insert CASH, we accept check or money orders only. The payments in the drop box will be monitored and posted throughout the day.

If you are having trouble logging in or need assistance, please feel free to contact one of our customer service representatives by calling 979-532-2491.

What the City of Wharton is doing

The City of Wharton is taking precautionary measures to keep residents and city staff as safe as possible. The following precautions have been taken to date:

  • Enacted closures or postponements to protect our most vulnerable populations.
  • Actively sharing information from Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and CDC on what the public and our employees can do to protect themselves and others.
  • Updating and reviewing emergency management protocols to ensure continuity of operations.
  • Closed City Facilities to help encourage social distancing for the safety of its residents and city staff.

City Amenities and Meetings (CLOSURES)

  • Wharton City Hall: Closed to the public.  Where feasible, we encourage members of the public to conduct business with city staff through emails and online. As a reminder, utility bill payments may be made by bank draft or credit card through an online portal. There is also a payment drop-box available in the parking lot of City Hall.  Appointments for new service or building permits can be made by contacting City Hall.
  • Customer Service (Utility Bill Pay): Closed to the public 
  • Utility Bill Payments: Water Bill Payments can be made online at: https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/whartontx/utilities  or in the drop box located at City Hall. Cash is not accepted in the drop box. Payments will be monitored and posted throughout the day.
  • New Water Service: Customers may contact City Hall to schedule an appointment, to reach a customer service representative call 979-532-2491.
  • Trash services remain the same and unchanged.
  • Open Records Requests may be submitted by email to pfavors@cityofwharton.com  
  • City Council Meetings: Please refer to www.cityofwharton.com Government Tab for the most up to date agenda postings. Wharton City Council meetings are currently occurring with a few important changes.

To promote social distancing:

    • Citizens are HIGHLY encouraged to watch the live stream on cable Channel 18 verses attending in person.
    • Due to CDC guidelines, the number of people allowed in the Council Chamber at one time will be limited.
    • Seating arrangements have been altered for those attending in person.

The agenda may be found here: http://www.cityofwharton.com/page/agendas_minutes_10_16 Questions? Call City Hall at 979-532-2491.

  • Wharton Civic Center: Closed to the Public. The City has canceled City-sponsored events and rental events held at the Wharton Civic Center. Questions regarding those reservations can be directed to the Civic Center at 979-532-2491 ext. 603.
  • City of Wharton Public Works Department: Closed to the Public– 979-532-2491  Building closed to the public.  Calls for service will be answered 24 hours a day - 7 days a week.
  • Wharton Municipal Court: Closed to the Public. Wharton Municipal Court proceedings have been canceled till further notice.  Municipal Court Payments can be made online at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/whartontx/court/search or via the drop box located outside of Municipal Court. Court Record Requests may be submitted via email to pfavors@cityofwharton.com. For questions, or if you have concerns about your particular case, please contact the Court at 979-532-4811 ext. 532 or 533.
  • City Parks and Trail: OPEN. The City of Wharton’s public parks, trail and green spaces are open and available for families to utilize during the Coronavirus or COVID-19 response. Participants are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after using park equipment. Please remember to practice social distancing and staying at least 6 feet apart and no gatherings more than 10 people will be allowed.
  • Wharton Regional Airport: Closed to the Public. Call with questions 979-532-3210.
  • Wharton Animal Shelter: Contact the Wharton Police Department Communications Center at 979-532-3131
  • Wharton EMS Administration Office: Closed to the Public.
  • Wharton Fire Administration Office: Closed to the Public.
  • Wharton City Hall: Closed to the Public. Permit applications can be made by appointment by calling 979-532-2491 and utility payments are accepted online or drop box in City Hall parking lot.  All Inspection services remain the same and unchanged.

All Wharton Police, Wharton EMS and Wharton Fire services remain the same and unchanged. For emergencies, please dial 911. Wharton Police non-emergency can be reached at 979-532-3131, Wharton EMS non-emergency can be reached at 979-532-4811 ext. 700 and Wharton Fire non-emergency can be reached at 979-532-4811 ext. 400.

The City of Wharton’s number one priority remains the well-being of our citizens and employees. The City is taking every possible precaution to protect our community while continuing to provide service to our residents in the safest manner possible.

Please remember the following good health habits:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Always wash your hands after you have used the bathroom and before eating
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. These are the primary entrance points for COVID-19 infection

Business Resources

Additional Information and Resources

City of Wharton
120 East Caney Street
Wharton, Texas 77488
Phone: (979) 532-2491

Wharton Volunteer Fire Department
319 N. Fulton St.
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-4811 Ext 400

info@whartonfire.com

Wharton Police Department
1407 N Richmond Rd

Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-3131

City of Wharton Civic Center
1924 N Fulton St.
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-2491 Ext 600
Wharton Emergency Management
1407 N Richmond Rd.
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-4811 Ext 570
 
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