City of Watertown News

Jefferson County Community Input Needed Your input is needed to help guide the future of Jefferson County!
Comprehensive Plan & Agricultural Preservation & Land Use Plan updates. 

Please visit the following sites for further information:

Modified Hours at Watertown Aquatic Center The Watertown Aquatic Center has modified hours this week.  
Monday, June 3 - Thursday, June 6 open 4:30-6:30pm.
Friday, June 7 resumes normal business hours.  Business hours are Monday-Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm. Sunday 1-7 pm.
Open Book & Board of Review The City of Watertown Open Book meeting with the Assessor will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. at City Hall, 106 Jones Street.  To make an appointment please contact Associated Appraisal at 920-749-1995.  If after the Open Book session you wish to contest the assessed value of your property, please contact the City Clerk at 920-262-4007 to obtain an objection form and make an appointment for the Board of Review meeting.  The Board of Review will meet Tuesday, June 4, 2019 beginning at 2 p.m.  Objections must be filed at least 48 hours prior to Board of Review. 
WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break on 1100 Industrial Drive intersection Commerce Drive.  The repair is scheduled to start Thursday, 4/04/19 at 12:15 PM.  The water will be off on Industrial Drive for approximately 4 to 6 hours or until repair is complete. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Spring Election Unofficial Results Voter Turnout
Unofficial Results
Oustanding Provisional Ballots: 0
Mayor David Open House An open house in honor of retiring Mayor John David will be held at City Hall on Thursday, April 11, 2019 during office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  John David will end his most recent term as Mayor of the City of Watertown later this month after serving as Mayor since April, 2013.  He also previously served as Mayor from April, 2001 through April, 2007 and served as an Alderperson from April, 1996 through April, 2001 and April, 2011 through April, 2013.  The public is encouraged to stop by and wish Mayor David well and enjoy a piece of cake and coffee or punch in his honor.
Absentee Voting Absentee voting in the office of the City Clerk ends March 29, 2019 at 5 p.m.  Absentee voting is available in the office of the City Clerk during regular business hours.  The Clerk's office will remain open until 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29 for purposes of absentee voting.  For questions contact the City Clerk's office at 920-262-4000.

HYDRANT FLUSHING – Tentatively Scheduled Weather Permitting

It is that time of the year again!  The Water Department will be flushing hydrants beginning Monday, April 1st, from 5:00 AM - 1:00 PM, one crew will be starting on Main Street (between 1st St and 8th St) and a second crew will start on Hospital Drive.  Flushing will continue that week Tuesday through Friday, from 7:00 am through 3:00 PM and the week of April 8th, Monday - Friday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  For more information about hydrant flushing, or if you experience rusty water, please see the "FAQ's & Helpful Hints" tab, items #13 & #14, of the Water Department website page.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Click HERE for list of locations, dates & times as it relates to absentee voting in residential care facilities with special voting deputies.

Flooding With the recent warm weather and melting of the snow pack, the Rock River in Watertown has risen and is over its banks.  The level is expected to rise over the weekend and cause some flooding.  The Street Department has sand and sandbags at the S. Second Street entrance if residents are in need of them due to the rising water.  The Street Department will have personnel monitoring the outflows throughout the evening into Friday.  The Fire Department urges caution by the river.  The ice is not safe and melting conditions can cause a hazard.  Please report any flooding conditions to the Police Department at (920) 261-6660.
Right Tree, Right Spot

Watertown’s City Forestry Department staff will be conducting a tree planting workshop. Discuss finding the right tree for the right spot. Adults will learn about the different species, proper planting techniques, Digger’s Hotline and how to plant your tree to thrive not just survive.

Join us for this FREE workshop at the Watertown Senior & Community Center - Terrace Room from 6:30-8 pm on either Thursday, March 28; Monday, April 15; or Wednesday, April 29. Open to adults! All participants will receive a voucher for a free tree from McKay Nursery! Register Online:

Spring Primary Unofficial Results Unofficial Results
Voter Turnout
Oustanding Provisional Ballots: 0

There is a water main break at Clark Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Wednesday, 2/13/19 at 8:00 AM.  The water will be off on Clark Street from Randolph Street to Ninth Street.  This repair should be complete in approximately 4 to 6 hours. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
The water main break at 902 Clark Street is complete and the water is back on.



The National Weather Service expects a winter storm to develop in our area from 9:00 p.m. on Monday night through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening.  Total snow accumulations of 3” to 6” are expected. 

Press Release - Milford Street Closure from West Street to Bernard Street

Effective Immediately, the section of Milford Street from West Street continuing south approximately 250 feet towards Bernard Street will be closed indefinitely until such time as the City receives assurances that the private retaining wall abutting the east right-of-way of Milford Street is stable and it is safe to reopen the road. Whereas it is unfortunate that the private retaining wall remains unrepaired, the safety of Watertown’s residents is paramount. If you have any questions, please contact Jaynellen Holloway, City Engineer. Times to call are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 920-262-4050.

Preventing Frozen Pipes With cold weather here, the Water Department is asking for your assistance in preventing frozen pipes.  Make sure all basement or crawl space windows and doors are closed, re-open heat vents in basements and crawl spaces and if water pipes are in a cabinet along an exterior wall, open the cabinet doors to avoid trapping cold air by the pipes.  For more helpful hints, please click here.
Press Release - Potential Flooding The City of Watertown will see a warm up in the next few days with a forecast of rain after the record setting low temperatures.  This increase in temperature and additional rain, combined with the high water, frozen ground, and frozen water, may lead to potential flooding in backyards, low areas, and by the river.  The Watertown Street Department is working on removing snow and opening inlets for water to run.  Citizens are also asked to adopt an inlet by clearing the inlet free of ice and snow.  This will help reduce the chances of flooding.  Sandbags are available through the Street Department during business hours and after-hours.  Citizens are instructed to contact the Watertown Police Department on their non-emergency line at 261-6660 for sand bags.
Garbage & Recycling Routes Garbage & Recycling Routes will be collected as normal Wednesday, January 30 - Friday, February 1.  Please have carts out the night before your pickup or by 6:00 a.m. the day of your pickup.
Public transit/taxi closed through noon Thursday, January 31, 2019 Due to the approaching frigid weatgher, and out of concern for public safety, Passenger Transit will cease offering routine taxicab/transit trips after close of business today (Tuesday, January 29, 2019) and will resume normal operations on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 12:00 p.m., noon.


To assist the Street Department in their plowing and cleanup efforts, the Watertown Police Department has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY for the Central City Snow Removal Area beginning at 11:00 p.m. tonight, January 29, 2019.  Snow removal and cleanup operations will be continuing in the business district of the City this evening.  Parking will be permitted on city streets outside of the Central City Snow Removal Area. 

During the extended Snow Emergency, parking on city streets and alleys in the Central City Snow Removal Area will be banned between 11:00 p.m. tonight until 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, January 30, 2019. 

Residents living in the Central Snow Emergency Area who have no off-street parking available are encouraged to utilize municipal parking lots or make arrangements with neighbors, relatives or friends to avoid a potential $50.00 citation.  In addition, any vehicle that has been ticketed and remains parked at the same location for 24 or more hours afterward may be towed at the owner's expense. 

Citizens are encouraged to monitor the Watertown Police Department web site at: or search for us on Facebook at Watertown WI Police Department for current snow alerts and notifications.  Citizens with questions regarding the snow emergency may also call the Watertown Police Department at 261-6660.

Press Release Emergency Assistance Program grant applications are now available for damages sustained from August 17 to September 14, 2018 Storms. 
Click Here
Real Estate Tax Notice The City Treasurer's Office reminds City taxpayers that 2018 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes are due and must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. in our office by Wednesday, February 7, 2019  This applies to taxpayers who wish to pay their taxes in full or choose the installment plan.

Tax payments may be mailed but must be received post marked on or before January 31st; or they may be placed in the silver/red night deposit box located in the brick wall to the left of the front doors of City Hall.
General Election Unofficial Results Voter Turnout
Unofficial Results
Oustanding Provisional Ballots: 2
Street/Solid Waste/Park & Forestry Hours Beginning today, October 24, 2018 the office hours for the Street/Solid Waste/Park & Forestry departments are Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Major Disaster Declaration FEMA - 4402-DR-Wisconsin

On October 18, 2018, Major Disaster Declaration 4402-DR was approved for the State of Wisconsin for Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding occurring August 17-September 14, 2018

This declaration provides individual assistance to eight counties in the State of Wisconsin. These counties are; Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon Counties.

The City of Watertown, which resides in Dodge and Jefferson County is not named as part of the area that is eligible for individual assistance. The City of Watertown has been collecting damage information since August 17, 2018 and worked with the Wisconsin Emergency Management in an attempt to determine if individual assistance would be authorized from the federal government.

This data collection lead  FEMA and Wisconsin Emergency Management to conduct a damage assessment of Watertown based on information received and conducted an on-site sample surveys of damaged properties in the City of Watertown on September 24, 2018.

Canadian Pacific to modify regulated track speed Please click on the attached link to read how Canadian Pacific's infrastructure upgrades will modify the regulated track speed for trains in Watertown effective October 3, 2018:  Please click here to read more
2018 Flood Damage Assessment Flyer

2018 Flood Damage Assessment

Press Release Officials in Watertown continue to monitor the Rock River.  The rain on September 5, 2018 has changed the National Weather Service water level predictions from a "Minor Flood Stage" cresting on Friday, September 7, 2018 to going to a "Moderate Flood Stage" cresting on Monday, September 10, 2018.  Sandbags and sand are available to citizens at the Watertown Street Department located at 811 S. First Street, at the S. Second Street entrance.

Multiple resources designed to help residents with their recovery efforts are being posted online at
Update to Disaster Declaration

The City of Watertown was notified today, 9/5/2018, that the tracking period for the disaster declaration for the State of Wisconsin has been changed from a start date of August 20, 2018 to August 17, 2018. This change in date allow private property owners in the city of Watertown affected by weather during the period of August 17, 2018 to September 3, 2018 to report flood and storm damage by calling 2-1-1 or 1-877-947-2211.

Officials in Watertown continue to monitor the Rock River. The National Weather Service predicts that the Rock River will crest Friday in a “Minor Flood Stage”. Sandbags and sand are available to citizens at the Watertown Street Department located at 811 S First St. at the 2nd Street entrance.

Homeowners and businesses with damages should save receipts and document damage by taking pictures. It is also important to check with your insurance agent. Multiple resources designed to help residents with their recovery efforts are being posted online at

Press Release Watertown Fire Department Gathering Damage Information & Sand Bags available. 

The Watertown Fire Department is in the process of gathering data related to the rain event which occured as a result of heavy rains on August 17, 2018.  If your home or business sustained damage as a result fo this storm, the Watertown Fire Department is asking for the following information:  Name, Address, Phone Number, Amount of Damage (short descriptoin & dollar amount), percentage covered by insurance, and whether this was a residence or business.  This information will be reported to Jefferson County Emergency Management, and also used by the Fire Department in planning for future disasters & emergencies.  Please contact the Watertown Fire Department by phone Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (920) 261-3610, or e-mail Chief Biefeld directly at

The Rock River is predicted to rise to a moderate flood level by Friday of this week.  The City of Watertown has sandbags & sand available for residents.  These will be located at the City of Watertown Street Department located at 811 S. First Street, by the S. Second Street entrance. 

Wastewater Facility Update The City of Watertown Wastewater collection system experienced a sanitary sewer overflow/bypass starting at 10:00 am August 17, 2018 due to Hoffmann Drive being flooded, in addition to numerous  areas in the City of Watertown.  The cause of this overflow was due to an extreme rainfall event which inundated the City Storm Water system causing inflow and infiltration into the sanitary collection system.  Bypass pumping is currently underway inside the gate along Hoffmann Drive and discharging into the Rock River.  Please stay away from the river along the fenced in portion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant as the river conditions and the pumping actions may contribute to unsafe passage.  We expect the bypass pumping to stop around 7 pm if the water subsides.  There is significant dilution of the wastewater being bypassed around the influent lift station and samples of the river upstream and downstream were collected and will be analyzed over the weekend.  
Flooding Clean up Many area residents have encountered flooding in their homes and businesses due to the weather today.   Please note that this flood water can contain sewage.

Please click the link to view clean up tips from the EPA:

Partisan Primary - Preliminary Results City of Watertown preliminary results for the August 14, 2018 Partisan Primary:
Voter Turnout
Unofficial Results
Outstanding Provisional Ballots: 1

City Real Estate taxes due July 31, 2018
 The City of Watertown Treasurer's office reminds all City taxpayers that the balance of 2017 real estate tax is due July 31, 2018.  Taxes are considered delinquent and subject to penalty and interest retroactive to February 1st if not received by the City Treasurer’s office within five working days of the due date (regardless of postmark).  The grace period does not apply to accrual of interest and penalty for properties already delinquent due to missing the January 31 and/or April 30 due dates.

Tax payments may be mailed, paid in the office of the City Treasurer or placed in the night deposit box in the brick wall near the front doors of City Hall.  Payment may be made by credit card through July 31, 2018 though an additional fee is charged by the processor; visit the City’s web site for details. 
Absentee Voting - Partisan Primary

See what is on the ballot for the August 14, 2018 Partisan Primary on the My Vote Wisconsin web site: Contact the City Clerk’s office at 920-262-4000 for election and voting questions.

In-person absentee voting is available in the City Clerk's office now through August 10th.  Photo ID is required for in-person absentee voting.

Property Tax - Second Installment due April 30

For taxpayers using the installment plan, the second payment of city real estate taxes is due April 30. 

Spring Election Unofficial Results
Unofficial results April 3, 2018
Voter turnout April 3, 2018

Provisional Ballots Issued: 0
Spring Primary Unofficial Results Unofficial results February 20, 2018
Voter turnout February 20, 2018
Preliminary City of Watertown Election Results No provisional ballots were issued.
Unofficial City of Watertown Vote Totals
City of Watertown Voter Turnout
Spring Primary Results

Unofficial Results
Provisional Ballots Outstanding: 1

Election Results

Preliminary Results & Turnout:
Unofficial City of Watertown Vote Totals
City of Watertown Voter Turnout

Provisional Ballots Issued:
Districts 1 through 6: NONE
District 7: TWO
District 8: ONE
District 9: NONE

Partisan Primary Outstanding absentee and provisional ballots from the August 9, 2016 Partisan Primary are as follows:
Dodge County: 23 outstanding absentee ballots, 0 provisional ballots
Link to Dodge County Election Results
Jefferson County: 29 outstanding absentee ballots, 0 provisional ballots
Link to Jefferson County Election Results
City of Watertown Voter Turnout
Election Results April 5, 2016

Preliminary results from the April 5, 2016 Election:
Unofficial Vote Totals
Voter Turnout

Outstanding Absentee & Provisional Ballots The number of outstanding absentee ballots and provisional ballots in the City of Watertown for the April 5, 2016 Election are:
Dodge County: 22 Outstanding Absentee Ballots, 0 Provisional Ballots
Jefferson County: 23 Outstanding Absentee Ballots, 4 Provisional Ballots
2016 Spring Primary Election

February 16, 2016
Spring Primary Election
 Municipality:  City of Watertown

 Dodge County
22 outstanding absentee ballots
0 provisional ballots

 Jefferson County
24 oustanding absentee ballots
1 provisional ballot

 PRELIMINARY RESULTS, February 16, 2016

Spring Election Unofficial Results Unofficial Results
Voter Turnout
Oustanding Provisional Ballots: 0
Spring Election Unofficial Results Voter Turnout
Unofficial Results
Oustanding Provisional Ballots: 0
Watertown TV Audio A technical problem with Charter Channel 985...
Milford Street Update Milford Street, at an area between West Street and west for approximately 1/2 block, has now been reopened.  The sidewalk remains closed. This is due to the collapse of the retaining wall behind Pick N Save during the historic rain event on August 17th which caused significant erosion and threatened to undermine the sidewalk and street above it.  The City will be monitoring the portion of Milford Street daily until the retaining wall has been repaired.  Should the safety of the street be compromised, the same portion of Milford Street will be closed again to maintain safety.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Around the Corner with John McGivern featuring Watertown Here's the Watertown episode of "Around the Corner with John McGivern