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If we have one of your animals, please let us know as soon as possible by calling 254-386-3810. Animals on impound are held for five days. Proof of ownership is required to reclaim any animal, and a current rabies vaccination must be provided on all dogs. After the Impound period is complete, the animal becomes the property of the Shelter, and the animal will undergo an adoption evaluation.
If you are not planning on reclaiming your animal, please come by and fill out a surrender form so that your animal can begin looking for its new home.
All adopters must complete an adoption application before they will be allowed to meet any of our animals. We do not allow the general public into our kennel except with an Animal Control Officer. This is to limit the spread of disease and allow us to have healthier animals available for adoption.
We cannot guarantee the health of any of the animals we have available for adoption. We do not have a veterinarian on staff, but we are trained to watch for signs of illness. We will be completely honest with any illness or behavior issues we notice in any the animals we have up for adoption. We will also try our best to explain the breed’s activity levels to ensure that this animal is a good fit for your lifestyle.
All dogs available for adoption will not have any vaccinations. Our dogs have not been tested for heartworms. Rabies vaccinations are required to be done within seven days of adoption (or by 16 weeks of age), and spaying/neutering is required within thirty days of adoption (or by 6 months of age). Both are at the expense of the adopter.
Once an animal has completed its impound time or is surrendered by its’ owner, it will be placed up for adoption, sent to one of our rescue partners, or will be humanely euthanized. If an animal does not meet our adoption criteria, it will not be placed up for adoption through our shelter.
The animal will either be sent to one of our rescue partners or it will be humanely euthanized. In balancing the welfare of the animals with our responsibility to the public, we recognize that not all animals are suitable for placement. When the difficult decision is made to end an animal’s life, we perform compassionate euthanasia.
For an animal to meet our adoption criteria it must not:
The dog impound intake fee is $10 per day.
There is no fee to adopt if you supply the receipt of a pre-paid rabies vaccination and a spay or neuter, if the dog will be living inside the city limits of Hamilton.
Adopters that live within Hamilton County or further will have to pre-pay for a rabies vaccination at time of adoption if the animal is not current. This ranges from $12-19 depending on which clinic you choose to use.
All dogs available for adoption will not be given vaccinations. Our dogs have not been tested for heartworms. Rabies vaccinations are required to be pre-paid prior to adoption, and spay/neuter is required to be pre-paid prior to adoption. Both are at the expense of the adopter.
All other vaccinations and medical expenses after the day of adoption are at the expense of the adopter.
Animals on Impound are held for five days for owners to reclaim. After that time, the animals are evaluated for adoption.
Yes, it is required per the contract and Hamilton City Ordinance. It is a Class C misdemeanor, a fine up to $500, for failure to complete and return proof to the city.
Yes. You can also make cash, check, or credit card donations at the shelter during business hours. All money collected goes directly to the care of the animals in this facility.
Do not drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a rolling boil for at least two minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, food preparation, and water for pets. Boiling kills harmful bacteria and other organisms in the water that may cause illness. You should throw away ice made during the time the notice was issued (freezing does not kill bacteria).
The water is safe for washing dishes, but you should use hot, soapy water and rinse dishes in boiled water. There are no restrictions on doing laundry. The water is also safe for bathing.
Only use boiled or bottled water for cooking, making ice, washing fruits and vegetables, and making baby formula. If you must use water to make formula, use bottled water. If you don't have bottled water, use water that has been rapidly boiled for at least three minutes.
Customers should not stop boiling the water until they receive notice from The City of Hamilton. Typically, the need to boil water lasts for 24 to 48 hours, but can be longer. How long will depend on the conditions that caused the need to boil, how quickly the conditions are corrected, and how long it takes for laboratory results to confirm it is safe to return to normal water use. The City of Hamilton will provide updates on the progress of corrective actions and how long the event is expected to last.
The City of Hamilton will notify you when it is no longer necessary to boil the water. You should flush your water system by running all cold-water faucets in your home for at least one minute, cleaning automatic ice makers by making and discarding three batches of ice, and running water softeners through a regeneration cycle.
Yes, work can be done by the homeowner with proof of a homestead exemption. A permit may be required, and it must be installed and comply with the adopted electrical code.
Oakwood Cemetery costs $600 or $900 for non-city residents.
You can call 254-386-8116 or use the contact us form to schedule an appointment.
The City Administrator reports to the City Council.
Code enforcement’s purpose is to improve the safety, health and welfare of all citizens living within local governmental jurisdictions. Municipalities have the authority to impose administrative fines when a code violation persists. While every governing body has its own procedures for noncompliance, it is common to issue notices of violation to the property owner. If there is no cooperation within a given time frame, either abatement processes commence or fines are imposed.
Your identity is protected by the government code and is not released to anyone outside of staff. Code enforcement should have your name and phone number to provide the best follow-up action possible for every complaint. Many times we need to contact you to confirm either continuing problems or that the violation has been eliminated to your satisfaction. It is also important to be able to contact you in the event we find that the “problem” is not a violation enforceable, maybe, not even a violation at all.
If you are anonymous and we’re unable to let you know these circumstances, you will be left with the negative impression that we have ignored your complaint.
Code enforcement attempts to solicit voluntary compliance with the property maintenance, health and safety, and other quality of life violations that come to their attention. Failure to gain compliance within a reasonable period of time may result in municipal prosecution or civil abatement.
Code enforcement works with both property owners and their tenants when enforcing responsible property maintenance standards. The property owner is usually contacted by mail regarding sub-standard conditions that occur at the property and tenants are contacted on site about violations that require their attention. The property owner is ultimately held jointly responsible for any continuing problems that result from the tenant’s lack of compliance.
Any structural or safety issue that would require a substantial financial investment to correct is usually the property owner’s responsibility, such as a leaking roof, dilapidated fencing, or collapsing adjacent storage structures, etc. Tenants have legal custody and control of the property so they are required to correct the violations that are of their making. They would be held accountable for either repairing inoperable vehicles or removing them from public view. They would also be held accountable for providing a continuing program of landscape maintenance and the removal of any trash, discards, or litter accumulations about the property.
This is a commonly asked question because the problem occurs in nearly every residential neighborhood where aging landscape conditions exist. Code enforcement does not have the authority to require a property owner to trim or remove any of their vegetation unless it overhangs into a public right-of-way - impeding either pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or unless the vegetation is dead and presents a potential fire hazard.
Instead, this particular question is a good example of a civil matter between property owners. Code enforcement does recommend callers attempt to work this out amicably with their neighbor. (Any offending branches/vegetation may be trimmed back to the caller’s property line, as long as the trimming does not impact the future life of the plant.)
The Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Hamilton operates under the direction and control of the Police Department. The Code Enforcement Officer fields complaints, photographs violations, leaves notices and or mails out code violation letters. The Code Enforcement Officer then performs follow-up checks on the property, usually 10 days after the notice was delivered, depending on the violation.
If the property has been brought into compliance the matter is dropped. If during the follow-up the property as not been brought into compliance and the person that is in control of the property has not made efforts to address the violation or communicated with the Code Enforcement Officer, then the officer turns their information over to the Police Officer that is on duty at the time. The Officer checks by the property and photographs the violation, then a case number is issued and the case is turned over to Municipal Court for prosecution.
FOG is an acronym for Fats, Oils and Grease.
Preventing FOG buildup from blocking sewer lines will stop sewer overflows into yards, streets and storm drains. Your tax dollars will not have to be spent on costly cleanups of sewage spills and regulatory fines. Also, the quality of your water will be protected.
BMP is an acronym for Best Management Practices. These are guidelines that will help both residential and commercial customers tackle grease in their homes or kitchens.
All of the BMP DO’s and DON’Ts for Residential Customers, plus…
A grease trap is a tank that is installed between a business’ sewer line and the public sewer main. Its purpose is to hold the waste water long enough for the FOG to rise to the top and solidify and for the solid particles to settle to the bottom, allowing only water to enter the collection system.
Some grease traps are large tanks buried under ground that hold thousands of gallons. Others contain less than 50 gallons and are located immediately beneath kitchen sinks. Regardless of size, all grease traps require cleaning to remove the top layer of FOG and the bottom layer of sediment. Large tanks are cleaned by commercial operations that must also show proper waste disposal per state requirements. Small grease traps can be cleaned by the business owner but each cleaning must be logged and the log provided upon inspection.
There is none. These terms are used interchangeably.
The good news – If you are already pumping grease regularly and have trip manifest records onsite, nothing. You are already in compliance and it will be business as usual. Otherwise, it is now a requirement that you install and regularly maintain a grease trap. The City of Hamilton will be doing random inspections. Businesses that are found to be in violation of the ordinance will be given an opportunity for voluntary compliance. Repeated failure to comply will result in fines being issued.
Yes. A courtesy car is available upon request. Contact Ryan Polster by calling 254-386-3939.
Open T hangers are available. There is a waiting list for closed hangers.
No. In case of an emergency, please contact Stephenville by calling 245-965-2795, or Gatesville by calling 254-865-8951.
Yes, applicants will be required to undergo drug testing and a background check.
Yes, you may submit an application by email.
You may obtain a police report directly from the Hamilton Police Department located at:206 E MainHamilton, TX 76531
For information call 254-386-3810.
You can pay online.
You may pay with:
You may mail in a money order, personal check, or cashier's check for payment of your citation. Make the money order payable to the City of Hamilton. Clearly indicate name, mailing address (including city, state, and zip code) and the case or citation number on the payment. Include your copy of the citation with the payment. A handwritten plea that includes a signature and date is acceptable, along with a copy of the defendant's driver's license or state issued identification card.
A payment received through the mail without a plea or other indicator will be recorded as a plea of no contest. Your payment must be postmarked by your appearance date noted on the citation to avoid the issuance of an arrest warrant. You may also pay your payment in person Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Municipal Court's address is:200 E Main StreetHamilton, TX 76531
If you made disposition of your case(s) prior to your required appearance date, you need not appear on your court date. It is, however, your responsibility to confirm that you have properly disposed of your case.
The court handles each offense that you have been charged with individually. If you were charged with more than one violation, the law requires you to respond to each one individually. If you do not dispose of each one individually, a warrant may be issued for your arrest.
The Municipal Court can only talk to you about the cases filed against you in Hamilton Municipal Court. To find out about other charges, you must contact the court of jurisdiction in each specific case.
When emailing the Municipal Court, please allow 24 business hours for a response; as emails are handled in the order in which they are received.
The Police Department will attempt to unlock your car but may have to refer you to a locksmith or auto dealer if the officer is unable to.
You may obtain a police report directly from the Hamilton Police Department. For information, call 254-386-3810.
Call (for emergency call 911) or for non-emergency call 254-368-8128 and be prepared to provide the following information:
Stay on line until you are told to hang up.
If you come home to find you have been burglarized, do not enter your house or apartment. Immediately find a phone and call the police. Wait at a safe nearby location until they arrive.
No, the City strongly advises against allowing someone to connect under your name. The City utility policy states that the person who is living at the address is the one who has to have the utilities in their name. Any fraudulent application made to the City will result in immediate disconnection without notice to the tenant.
Yes, the City does require someone to be at the location to ensure that nothing is on at the house. If no one is at the location, and the water meter indicates usage, the meter reader will turn the water back off. Please contact the utility office at 254-386-8116, ext.2 or, after hours, the Emergency Line at 254-386-3548 if you have a problem with your utilities.
You can contact the City at 254-386-8116, ext. 2 and find out what your last reading was and then compare it to what your meter is currently reading. The City does take customer requested re-reads, but please note that if the reading is correct, there will be a $15 service charge added to your utility bill.
The sewer rates are figured annually in March based upon water consumption for December, January, and February. The consumption for those three months are averaged and that is what is used to figure the rate.
No, the City does not process any connects or disconnects over the telephone. You can send us a letter, which needs to include a forwarding address, stating that you would like the utilities cut off or we can fax you a form to fill out, sign, and return to us. Both of these will be accepted either by:
The City will need to make a copy of the items in the divorce decree that relates to the utility account. Once that is received, the account will be changed to reflect the orders of the divorce decree.
The City will need to make a copy of your marriage license to place in your file. Once a copy is received, we will change the name on the account.
The City would need a form from you stating that you want your name off the utility account and you are relinquishing the deposits to the person who is still on the account. The City can provide you with this form.
Yes, you must send a form with them that has your signature on it giving them permission to connect/disconnect utilities in your name. You must also send a copy of your driver's license.
No, connections for service can be done at the City Hall located at:200 E MainHamilton, TX 76531
For the protection of our customers, no service requests will be processed over the telephone.
The Utility Office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except for designated holidays).
The minimum deposit for water/wastewater is $125. Deposits are subject to increase based upon past credit history. There is also a connect fee (non-refundable) of $15.
No, deposits have to be paid in full before service will be connected.
Any current deposits you have on the account will transfer over to the new account. However, you may have to add more deposits to your account depending on the service you are requesting and your past credit history.
Yes, in most cases the deposit you had previously was applied to your last bill and new deposits will be required for the new address.
Yes, the City does accept letter of credit from a utility company (water, electric, or gas) for the last 24 months, with no more than one delinquency.
Deposits stay on the account until the account is disconnected. Once the account is disconnected, the deposit is applied to the final bill. You will be notified if there is any money left to be refunded or you will receive a bill for the amount left that the deposit did not cover.
Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express either in person or over the phone. Customers can also pay their bills online.
Yes, there is a $10 transfer fee and your current utility account has to be paid in full before you can transfer.
No, the City does not average the utility bills.
No, the City does not have a discount program, however, if you are 60 years of age or older, you are eligible to be penalty exempt. The City will need to make a copy of your driver's license and then we will flag the account.
No, the city does not offer payment plans.
No, the City does not accept check by telephone.
Yes, the City can access utility records by name and driver's license number. Please remember that if you do still owe the City money on an old account, your deposits are subject to increase because of your past credit history. All past due bills will have to be paid in full prior to connection.
Please note that there is a fee of $50 added to the amount owed on all accounts that are disconnected for non-pay. All fees must be paid before reconnection will be made. There is also an after hours fee of $25 for this service.
In 2018 City Council determined that a stable and sufficient source of revenue was needed to ensure that Hamilton could continue to maintain and improve the quality of its existing public street system. The council passed Ordinance No. 07-18 where occupants of developed property (residential and commercial) would provide funding for the maintenance of the city’s streets.
The party responsible for the utilities, unless another responsible party agreed in writing to pay on behalf of the occupant.
The methodology of allocating the roadway maintenance fee on the basis of “trips,” appropriately balances costs between residential and commercial users.Residential: A flat fee is charged.Commercial: A flat fee is charged.
Maintenance to:1) Provide a safe street system2) Properly maintain the street system and areas to maximize their use, utility, and longevity3) Maintain certain landscaped areas within the street rights-of-way4) Provide maintenance for streets used by pedestrians, bicyclists, and mass transit users as well as those used by vehicle drivers5) Take any other action necessary to ensure that existing city streets are maintained at standards that support the needs of city residents, businesses, and institutions
Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
No one with open sores may enter the pool. No bandages are allowed in the pool.
Floating devices for infants must have bottom support straps. Children with water wings must have a parent within arms-length.
Rules are posted at the admission station.
Yes, we will stamp your hand, so you may re-enter with no charge.
Outside food and drinks are allowed. Families may picnic in Pecan Creek Park or inside the gate.