In order to establish new service the City of Willis requires the following information to be presented in person.
A completed water service application
An ID – State Driver’s License, or ID
A deposit of $65.00 and service charge of $10.00, which can be paid with cash, check, money order, and Visa / MasterCard.
A copy of your Lease Agreement or Deed. In order to help prevent Identity Theft, the City requires that we verify the person(s) seeking service is on the Lease Agreement or Deed.
If you are unable to come in person, you can fax or email a notarized completed water service application along with a copy of ID/Driver’s License, and a copy of your lease agreement or deed. You must call to verify that application was received, and deposit can be paid over the phone with a credit card.
The City of Willis Human Resources Department is responsible for carrying out all the activities essential to the effective administration of the personnel function.
These activities include:
Administering all benefits
Administering the position, classification, and pay plan
Ensuring compliance with state and federal employment-related laws and regulations
Maintaining centralized personnel records
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Willis became a community when the Great Northern Railroad decided to run a track from Houston to Chicago, and the Willis brothers donated their land in 1870 to the railroad. Willis grew in population after the trains began to travel through the town. There were hotels, dry good stores, and many other successful businesses in the 1870’s and 1880’s. The tobacco industry played a vital role in Willis’ growth and development during that time. Other cash crops of cotton, watermelons, and tomatoes were an important part of the economy through the years. The timber industry, which still plays a role in Willis’ economic growth, has been its most stable economic engine for over one hundred years.
In 1870, as the Houston and Great Northern Railroad began surveying Montgomery County’s first rail line, Galveston merchants Peter J. and Richard S. Willis, landholders in Montgomery County, donated a townsite to the railroad along the proposed route. By that time a number of black farmers in the vicinity had already organized a Methodist congregation, which became the first church in the community of Willis. By 1872 the rail line had been extended through the town, and most of the businesses and residents of Danville, Montgomery, and Old Waverly had begun moving to the new town. That same year, a post office was established and a white Baptist congregation was organized. In 1874 citizens of the burgeoning new community launched a prolonged but unsuccessful struggle to transfer the county seat from rival Montgomery to Willis. A weekly newspaper, the Willis Observer, began publication as early as 1875. By the late 1870s Willis had become a prosperous shipping point for timber and agricultural commodities and a center for the manufacture of lumber products, wagons, and agricultural implements. In 1879 the town’s first white Methodist church was constructed. In the early 1880s a three-story building was erected to house the Willis Male and Female College which, until its demise in 1901, functioned as a semi-private boarding school for students in elementary grades through college.