City of Watertown News

Street Closure and Flood Damage Update All streets are open as of this morning except S. Twelfth St. out by Symbol Mattress, a culvert blew out and will be fixed Monday. It is detoured for the weekend. The Street Dept. will help folks with extra garbage pickups. We will also take items at our shop if people want to bring damaged items down. We will help in any way we are able. 

Randy L. Franks
Assistant Street Superintendent
Street Dept./Solid Waste/Park & Forestry
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:

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-08/documents/flood_cleanup_and_the_air_in_your_home_booklet_0.pdf

City-wide Flash Flooding Please use caution when navigating streets in the City of Watertown today. Due to heavy rainfall, many streets are flooded and may cause your vehicle to stall if you try to proceed through the water. City staff are working diligently to try to block off flooded areas and expedite water drainage.
FLASH FLOOD NEWS Due to the heavy rain 800 Hoffmann Drive is flooded.  Please do not visit the Waste Water Treatment Plant today.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Partisan Primary - Preliminary Results City of Watertown preliminary results for the August 14, 2018 Partisan Primary:
Voter Turnout
Unofficial Results
Outstanding Provisional Ballots: 1

Paving Delayed on Three Streets Due to a quality assurance/quality control concern on Nelson Lane, Kathryn Court, and Wisconsin Street, these three streets will remain under construction for the next few weeks and will not be paved with the first batch of streets receiving asphalt paving in the City.  The City hopes to have this matter resolved within the coming weeks and to have these streets either completed or patched back before year’s end.  The City wants to thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.
Visu-Sewer Work in the City Visu-Sewer will be working in the City from this current week through 08/20/2018.  They are completing cured-in-place-pipelining.  Visu-Sewer will be contacting all affected residents directly prior to beginning work on the affected block.  To see the maps of the areas Visu-Sewer is planning on completing for the upcoming weeks, please click on the following link to see the maps in the Street Work Updates page: Maps for Visu-Sewer Work
Watertown Taxi Service Phones The Watertown Taxi Service is experiencing some difficulties with their main phone line, which they are aware of and are working to get the issue resolved.  They are asking that you temporarily use a secondary line if you need a taxi, until the main line is working again.  The alternate number to call is 920-262-2148.

Thank you!
N. Second Street Bridge to Open
The new North Second Street Bridge over the Rock River in Watertown, Wisconsin is scheduled to open Wednesday, August 8, 2018.  Traffic using North Second Street Bridge has been detoured since November 2016 initially due to structural concerns followed by bridge construction.  The detour will be lifted mid-day on August 8th.  The new two-lane bridge over the Rock River will be open to traffic immediately following.  This project replaces the existing 68-year old bridge with a new and wider concrete bridge over the Rock River.  The City of Watertown is pleased that it was able to incorporate its new logo on the exterior face of the bridge.  Construction of the bridge cost approximately $2.5 million dollars and was partially funded by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new North Second Street Bridge will be held at the bridge on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. CST.  Mayor John David will be the featured speaker at the ribbon cutting ceremony.  The public is invited to attend! 
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 www.ci.watertown.wi.us 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:  https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/PreviewMyBallot 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.

Holiday Schedule The office for the Street/Solid Waste/Park & Forestry Departments will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th.  ALL GARBAGE AND RECYCLING ROUTES WILL BE COLLECTED AS NORMAL.  The yardwaste site will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4th.  Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
Joint Review Board

Notice is hereby given that the City of Watertown will hold a Joint Review Board (JRB) meeting on June 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the Watertown City Hall, located at 106 Jones Street. The purpose of this meeting is for the JRB to review the annual report for TIDs No. 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7. The meeting is open to the public. 

 

Seal Coating to Begin

Seal coating will begin in the city on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, weather permitting. This process is completed on various road surfaces to extend the life of the paved surface by providing a protective layer from moisture, chemicals, and the sun. Streets affected by this project include portions of Spaulding Street, Center Street, W. Madison Street, Emmet Street, S. Montgomery Street, Arthur Street, Lincoln Street, Hancock Street, Garfield Street, Cady Street, Kimberly Court, Schuman Drive, Wedgewood Drive, Wedgewood Court, and Stoneridge Drive.  The specific portions of the roads where the work will be done can be found by clicking on the following link: Street Work Updates.   The project is expected to last approximately 1-2 weeks.  If there is inclement weather, the project could exceed that timeline. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jay Haberkorn at the City of Watertown Engineering Department at 920-262-4047.

CP Rail Announcement

Detours planned for State Highway 19 in Watertown – Detours will be in place on Highway 19 on Watertown’s west side later this summer as Canadian Pacific replaces components on its bridge over the highway from June 18 through July 19. Local homes and businesses will remain accessible for the duration of the work, but residents may need to use detour routes. The work zone will encompass the area immediately underneath the bridge, which crosses over Highway 19 between Hiawatha and Dayton streets. CP workers will replace the bridge’s head walls and other components that are approaching the ends of their useful service lives. Safety will be CP’s top priority as work progresses on this bridge.
About Canadian Pacific Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP. Contacts: Media Andy Cummings 612-554-0850 Andy_cummings@cpr.ca 24/7 media pager: alert_mediarelations@cpr.ca

Street Work Updates Street work updates have been posted.  To view the most recent updates on crackfilling, water main work, sanitary & storm sewer work and other information, please click on the following link: Street Work Updates.
Holiday Hours City offices will be closed on Monday, May 28th.  All garbage and recycling routes will be collected as normal on Monday.  The yardwaste site is open Saturday, May 26th but closed on Monday, May 28th.


Continuation of Open Book Meeting with Assessor The Open Book meeting with the City Assessor was held May 3, 2018.  The Assessor will also be available to meet with property owners on Wednesday, May 16 from 1 p.m. to -3 p.m.  Contact Associated Appraisal at 800-721-4157 for assessment questions or to schedule an appointment to meet with the Assessor on May 16.

Board of Review will be held May 22, 2018 beginning at 2 p.m.  Property owners wishing to appear at Board of Review must notify the City Clerk of intent to file an objection at least 48 hours prior to the Board of Review.  Property owners considering an assessment appeal may find it helpful to review the Wisconsin Property Assessment Appeal Guide.
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. 

Road Closed - Railroad Crossing Repair - Milford Street The Canadian Pacific Railroad will be performing repair work on the Milford/Montgomery Street grade crossing beginning Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:00 a.m.  The work is anticipated to take five (5) days to complete.  During that time the Milford/Montgomery Street crossing will be closed to all traffic.  Although the works is anticipated to keep the crossing closed until Friday, May 4, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., if the work is completed earlier, the roadway will reopen.  An approved detour will be in place during this period and all vehicles and pedestrians will need to utilize the detour.  (click here to see full press release)
Open Book & Board of Review Dates Open Book meetings with the City Assessor will be held May 3, 2018 from 1 p.m. to -3 p.m.  Contact Associated Appraisal at 800-721-4157 for assessment questions or to schedule an appointment for the Open Book meeting.

Board of Review will be held May 22, 2018 beginning at 2 p.m.  Property owners wishing to appear at Board of Review must notify the City Clerk of intent to file an objection at least 48 hours prior to the Board of Review.  Property owners considering an assessment appeal may find it helpful to review the Wisconsin Property Assessment Appeal Guide.
HYDRANT FLUSHING

The Watertown Water Department will be flushing hydrants beginning Monday, April 23rd, from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 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-Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the week of April 30th, Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Hydrants located on streets that are currently under construction will not be flushed at this time.

We suggest that customers try to refrain from using water during the flushing hours each day, and especially not doing laundry, in order to avoid bringing rusty water into their home's plumbing and staining laundry with rusty water.  We ask that you please wait until after 4 p.m. on flushing days to do laundry and check water color before starting.  For more information about hydrant flushing or if you experience rusty water, please go to the Water Department tab and then clicking "FAQs & Helpful Hints tab" #13 and/or #14.

The Water Department would like to thank everyone in advance for your understanding and patience during hydrant flushing.  It is a very important part of providing the city with quality water and ensuring that fire hydrants are in good working condition.

Snow Emergency Cancelled The Snow Emergency declared on April 16, 2018 for the Central City Snow Removal Area has been cancelled.  Parking is permitted on all city streets this evening.
Snow Emergency Downtown Area Only

To assist the Street Department with their plowing and cleanup efforts, the Watertown Police Department has declared a Snow Emergency for the Central City Snow Removal Area.  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.  See map for street boundaries. 

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

 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: www.watertownpolice.com 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.

Update on Main Street Project Mains are installed on the north side of Main Street and work is now being done to replace gas services to the properties between 4th and 5th Street.  We expect this work to be complete by April 16th (dependent on weather).  The next section (phase three) will be the south side of Main Street and working just east of the River to 2nd Street.
Spring Election Unofficial Results
Unofficial results April 3, 2018
Voter turnout April 3, 2018

Provisional Ballots Issued: 0
Spring Election

Polls are open for the Spring Election until 8 p.m. on 4/3/2018. 

WISCONSIN REQUIRES PHOTO ID TO VOTE.  Many voters will simply use their WI driver’s license for photo ID at the polls.  If you do not have a WI driver’s license, please visit the Bring it to the Ballot web site for information on other forms of acceptable photo ID for voting purposes.  If you have questions, please contact City Hall at (920) 262-4000.

 
Good Friday Holiday Hours With the exception of employees serving public safety functions and the City Clerk's office, most City of Watertown offices will be closed Friday, March 30th.  This includes Street/Solid Waste/Park & Forestry, Recreation, Water and Wastewater, Engineering, Building Inspection, Cable TV, Health Department, City Attorney and Municipal Court.  

All solid waste and recycling routes will be collected as normal on Friday, March 30th.  The yard waste site will be open Saturday, March 31st from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and will then open for the season on Wednesday, April 4th from 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Office of the City Clerk will be open Friday, March 30th and that is the last day to cast an absentee ballot or register to vote prior to the April 3rd election.  Voters may register or change their address for voting on Election Day but doing so in advance may save you from a long line on Election Day.
WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break at 916 Liberty Lane intersection South Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Monday, 03/26/18 at approximately 7:45 AM.  The water will be off on Liberty Lane until the repair is complete.  This should take approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you in advance for your patience.

The water main break at 916 Liberty Lane intersection South Street is complete and the water is back on.  Thank you again for your patience!
Spring Election

The Spring Election is Tuesday, April 3, 2018 with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Offices on the ballot include: State of WI Supreme Court Justice; various judicial offices, County Supervisors, School Board; local aldermanic offices in Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8; and a Statewide Referendum question.  Click here to view a SAMPLE BALLOT.  

Voters unable or unwilling to vote at the polls may vote an absentee ballot in the office of the City Clerk.  Absentee voting is available now through Friday, March 30th.  All other City offices are closed that day, but the Clerk's office will be open for voting. 

WISCONSIN REQUIRES PHOTO ID TO VOTE.  Many voters will simply use their WI driver’s license for photo ID at the polls.  If you do not have a WI driver’s license, please visit the Bring it to the Ballot web site for information on other forms of acceptable photo ID for voting purposes.  If you have questions, please contact City Hall at (920) 262-4000.

Park & Rec Athletic Fields Closed Wisconsin Spring has arrived! Please assist the Watertown Park & Recreation Department by staying off the athletic fields until further notice.  Athletic fields including – soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, etc. -- are closed (includes Brandt/Quirk Soccer, Brandt Baseball Center, Washington Park and Riverside Park). Please note that Watertown High School and Riverside Middle School athletic fields have been closed, as well.  We know and understand you are itching to get onto those fields, so are we.  We will let you know as soon as you can get out there.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.muddy shoes (Small)
Spring Primary Unofficial Results Unofficial results February 20, 2018
Voter turnout February 20, 2018
WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break at 705 N Water Street intersection Margaret Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Monday, 02/19/18 at approximately 8:00 AM.  The water will be off on N Water Street until the repair is complete.  This should take approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you in advance for your patience.
The water main break at 705 N Water Street intersection Margaret Street is complete and the water is back on.  Thank you again for your patience!
WE Energies Natural Gas Upgrade

We Energies, with their contractor Intercon Construction, are upgrading natural gas facilities in areas of downtown Watertown. Construction is expected to begin in mid-February and be completed by June. This upgrade will ensure safe and reliable natural gas service for years to come. We Energies plans to replace natural gas mains within the road right-of-way and service laterals to individual homes and businesses. Some of this work may be performed on or in close proximity to residential or business property. Construction activities will require traffic control and excavation measures, which are being coordinated with the City of Watertown. At times, construction staging will require temporary removal of on-street parking to accommodate a work zone. Main Street will remain open to allow travel both eastbound and westbound. Intermittent impacts to sidewalk and building access also should be expected. However, any excavations that temporarily impede access will be short-term, and
advance notice will be given. Questions about the project should be directed to We Energies Operations Supervisor Mike Macaluso at 414-944-5670. The map of the subject area can be found by clicking HERE

WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break at 108 Clark Street intersection Utah Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Wednesday, 02/07/18 at approximately 8:00 AM.  The water will be off on Clark Street until the repair is complete.  This should take approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you in advance for your patience.

The water main break at 108 Clark Street intersection Utah Street is complete and the water is back on.  Thank you again for your patience!
WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break at 604 Werner Street intersection Boughton Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Wednesday, 02/07/18 at approximately 11:00 AM.  The water will be off on Werner Street until the repair is complete.  This should take approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you in advance for your patience.

The water main break at 604 Werner Street intersection Boughton Street is complete and the water is back on.  Thank you again for your patience!
Sidewalk Snow Removal Reminder City residents and property owners are reminded of their responsibility to keep sidewalks clear of snow.  Once the snow has stopped falling, the owner of a business, residence, or person in charge of the property has 24 hours to remove snow and ice from sidewalks.  Failure to comply with Watertown City Ordinance #457-11 Snow and Ice Removal can result in a citation of $124.00.

Sidewalks and crosswalks need to be maintained throughout the year, especially during the winter months.  Children as well as adults use the sidewalks to travel throughout the City.  Children walking to and from school need a clean, safe area to walk.  City residents and property owners are also reminded that it is unlawful to throw snow into the street, alley or roadway.

City residents are encouraged to phone the Police Department to report sidewalks that are not cleared of snow.  Watertown Police will respond to complaints and residents will be warned on the first violation, and cited into Municipal Court for subsequesnt complaints.  Unoccupied properties, or in cases in which residents fail to comply after being cited, the snow covered sidewalks will be cleared by City Street and Park crew's and the labor assessed to the City property tax role.
City-Wide Snow Emergency Scaled Back The City-Wide SNOW EMERGENCY declared on February 5, 2018 has been scaled back for the remaining 24-hour period to the Central City Snow Removal Area.  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.  Click here to see map for boundaries.

During the Snow Emergency, parking on city streets and alleys in the Central City Snow Removal Area will be banned starting on February 6, 2018 at 11:00 p.m. and ending February 7, 2018 at 7:00 a.m.

Residents living in the Central City Snow Removal 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:  www.watertownpolice.com or search for us on Facebook at Watertown WI Police Department for current snow alerts and notifications.
WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break at South Ninth Street intersection Station Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Monday, 02/05/18 at approximately 1:00 PM.  The water will be off on South Ninth Street until the repair is complete.  This should take approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you in advance for your patience.
City-Wide Snow Emergency February 5, 2018

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Jefferson County.  Snow is expected to develop in our area late Monday afternoon and evening.  The storm is forecasted to produce a potential total accumulation of 2" to 4" of snow in the Watertown area.  Todays expected snowfall combined with the 5" to 6" of snow which fell over the weekend necessitates the need for a City-wide SNOW EMERGENCY.

To assist the Street Department in their plowing and cleanup efforts, the Watertown Police Department has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY that will go into effect at 11:00 P.M. Monday night, February 5, 2018.  The Snow Emergency will run for 48 hours through 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

During the 48-hour period of the snow emergency parking on all city streets and alleys will be banned between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following morning.  Residents 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:  www.watertownpolice.com or search for us on Facebook at Watertown WI Police Department for current snow alers and notifications.

WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break at 403 Lowell Street intersection Doris Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Thursday, 02/01/18 at approximately 10:00 AM.  The water will be off on Lowell Street until the repair is complete.  This should take approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you in advance for your patience.
WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break at 1510 Doctors CT intersection Hall Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Tuesday, 01/30/18 at approximately 8:00 AM.  The water will be off on Hall Street until the repair is complete.  This should take approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you in advance for your patience.
The water main break at  1510 Doctors CT intersection Hall Street is complete and the water is back on.  Thank you again for your patience!
Summer Park Reservation Summer park reservations will be accepted beginning Thursday, February 1, in the Watertown Park & Recreation office, 514 South First Street.   A system of registration will be used which will include a drawing to determine the sequence of registration.  Those interested in making reservations should arrive at the office by 8:00 am.  Participants will be asked to fill out a card for each reservation they play to make.  Anyone arriving after 8:15 am will have to wait until this process is completed.  They will then be scheduled in the sequence in which they arrive.  Arriving prior to 8:00 am will give no preference in the order of scheduling facilities.  Fees are due at the time of reservations.
Spring Primary

The Spring Primary Election is Tuesday, February 20, 2018 with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The primary will narrow the field of candidates for the office of State of WI Justice of the Supreme Court.  There are no other races on the ballot for the Primary. 
Voters unable or unwilling to vote at the polls may vote an absentee ballot in the office of the City Clerk.  Absentee voting is available now through Friday, February 16th. 
WISCONSIN REQUIRES PHOTO ID TO VOTE.  Many voters use their WI driver’s license or State ID for photo ID at the polls.  If you do not have a WI driver’s license or State ID, please visit the Bring it to the Ballot web site for other forms of acceptable photo ID for voting.  If you have questions, please contact City Hall at (920) 262-4000.

Real Estate Tax Notice The City Treasurer's Office reminds City taxpayers that 2017 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, 2018.  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.
Emerald Ash Borer

Thanks to Mother Nature, your trees are now leaf-free. Look up and check those Ash trees! Reference the pictures attached and you will see missing pieces of bark, known as flecking, which is a sure sign that the dreaded Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has taken up residence in your tree! You can actually see the EAB larva tracks as they eat their way through your tree eventually marching towards its death!

Leaving your infected EAB tree untreated results in your tree being eaten from the inside out, leaving it in a very brittle and vulnerable state. But not all hope is lost- chemical injections to the infected tree can stop the EAB in their tracks!

For more information call the Forestry Department at 920-262-8088 and check out the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov.
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WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break at 1002 Pleasant Street & Hyland Street intersection .  The repair is scheduled to start Friday, 01/26/18 at approximately 10:30 AM.  The water will be off until the repair is complete.  This should take approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you in advance for your patience.
The water main break at 1002 Pleasant Street & Hyland Street intersection is complete and the water is back on.  Thank you again for your patience!
WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break at 908 to 910 Charles Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Thursday, 01/25/18 at approximately 9:00 AM.  The water will be off on the 900 block of Charles Street until the repair is complete.  This should take approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you in advance for your patience.
The water main break at 908 to 910 Charles Street is complete and the water is back on.  Thank you again for your patience!
WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break at 705 N Water Street intersection Margaret Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Thursday, 01/18/18 at 8:30 AM.  The water will be off on N Water Street until the repair is complete this should take approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you in advance for your patience.
Downtown One-Way Street Questionnaire for Long-Term Planning Purposes

The City of Watertown through the Public Safety and Welfare Committee, is conducting a survey to seek public input on one-way streets in the City of Watertown. The survey can be completed by visiting the following web-link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZMC3SR9

The survey link can be found on the City’s website and social media pages and will be open from Tuesday, January 16, 2018 through Tuesday, January 30, 2018. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Engineering Department at (920) 262-4060. 

WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break at 23 Parkview Lane.  The repair is scheduled to start Monday, 01/08/18 at 10:00 AM.  The water will be off on 15-27 Parkview Lane until the repair is complete this should take approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you in advance for your patience.

The water main break at 23 Parkview Lane is complete and the water is back on.  Thank you again for your patience!
Ice Skating Areas Open in City Attention all ice skating enthusiasts...our ice skating rinks are now open and ready for you to skate on - Riverside Park Parking Lot and Heiden Pond (located at Clark Park off of Franklin Street).  Enjoy!!
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WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break at 1410 Center Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Wednesday, 01/03/18 at 8:00 AM.  The water will be off on Center Street intersection Arcade Avenue.  This repair should be complete in approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you in advance for your patience.

The water main break at 1410 Center Street is complete and the water is back on.  Thank you again for your patience!

WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break at 1038 Boughton Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Tuesday, 01/02/18 at 8:00 AM.  The water will be off on Boughton Street intersection Prahl Lane.  This repair should be complete in approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you in advance for your patience.

The water main break at 1038 Boughton Street is complete and the water is back on.  Thank you again for your patience!
WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR There is a water main break at 1012 Wilbur Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Wednesday, 12/20/17 at 9:00 AM.  The water will be off on Wilbur Street intersection Lowell Street.  This repair should be complete in approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you in advance for your patience.
Holiday Hours With the exception of employees serving public safety functions, City departments will be closed during the holidays as follows:
Friday, December 22 - All City offices closed
Monday, December 25 - All City offices closed
Friday, December 29 - Clerk/Treasurer's office open for tax payments, all other offices closed.
Monday, January 1 - All City offices closed
Garbage and recycling routes will be picked up as normal on these dates.
WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR 12/18/2017 Water Department will be repairing a water main break at 7:00 AM this morning at Oak Hill Court.  Thank you in advance to those affected by the service interruption and street work for your patience and understand as the repair is made.
WATER OFF AT HART ST & WAKOKA ST 12/15/2017 On Friday, 12/15/2017, about noon, the water will be shut off to repair a water main leak near the address of 319 Hart St.  If all goes well the water will be back on before 3:00 PM.  Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this repair.
Tax Collection Hours Property taxes may be paid in the Clerk/Treasurer's office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The office will be closed Friday, December 22; Monday, December 25; and Monday, January 1.  Payments placed in the drop box outside City Hall between close of business December 29 and 7:45 a.m. January 2 will be processed as a 2017 payment.
Spring Election

The following seats on the Common Council are up for election in April, 2018: Districts 2, 4, 6, 8.  The term of office will be April 17, 2018 through April 21, 2020.  Residents of these districts interested in running for Alderperson may pick up nomination papers from the Office of the City Clerk/Treasurer at 106 Jones Street.  The deadline to return nomination papers is Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 5 p.m. 

Yardwaste Hours Extended The Yardwaste Site located at 1355 Boomer Street will remain open through December 9th.  Remaining open days for the site are: Sat., Dec. 2nd from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Mon., Dec. 4th and Wed., Dec. 6th from 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Sat., Dec. 9th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
City Hall Closed - Thanksgiving Weekend City Hall offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th in honor of Thanksgiving. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, November 27th from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. We wish all of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Sanitary Sewer Overflow The City of Watertown Wastewater Facility experienced a sanitary sewer overflow from 12:30 pm on November 19th, 2017 – to 10:00 am November 20th, 2017.  The cause of the overflow was due to a failure in a sewer force
main at our Front Street Lift Station.  The overflow was not a large
volume and discharged into a grassy ditch near Mill Street, which allowed it to seep into the ground – there was no visual evidence of discharge into the
river.  The problem was corrected in less than 24-hours. 
WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR

There is a water main break at 311 Front Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Thursday, 11/16/17 at 8:00 AM.  The water will be off on Front Street for approximately 4 to 6 hours until repair is complete.  Thank you in advance for the cooperation.

Yardwaste Site The City's Yardwaste Site located at 1355 Boomer Street is still open.  Weather permitting, the last day the site will be open is Wednesday, November 29th.  The hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tennis Courts All of the tennis courts in the park system are closed for the season.
Bathrooms in the Park System

Winter is on its way!  All of the bathrooms in our park system are closed for the season. 

STH 16 & 4th Street Traffic Lights Upgrades Thursday 10/19/17

The Wisconsin DOT has notified the City that traffic the signal upgrades for the state-owned traffic signal at STH 16 & CTH R/4th Street are now scheduled to be completed on Thursday, October 19, 2017.  Should there be inclimate weather, the work will be moved to the following day. During the time the work is being conducted all signal indications will be dark & the temporary All-Way STOP Control (AWSC) will be implemented.  Regular traffic signal patterns will return as soon as the work has been completed. Please contact the Engineering Department at (920) 262-4060 with any questions you may have.

Railroad Crossing Repair - Humboldt Street

The Canadian Pacific Railroad will be performing repair work on its Humboldt Street at grade crossing beginning Monday, October 16, 2017.  This is anticipated to run for five (5) days.  During that time Humboldt Street will be closed to all traffic between Richards Avenue and Munzel Drive.  Residents on Humboldt Street north of the at grade crossing will be able to access their properties during this time from Humboldt Street off Richards Avenue only.  Residents on Humboldt Street south of the at grade crossing will be able to access their properties during this time from Humboldt Street south of the at grade crossing only.  An approved detour will be in place during this period and the motoring and pedestrian public will need to utilize the detour (See attached to this press release).  Canadian Pacific Railroad anticipates having the roadway back open on or before Friday, October 20, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Canadian Pacific Railroad, Dan Sabatka, at 630-860-4430.  For a map showing the work area and detour route, please click on the following:  Map of the Construction work and detour route

FREE Lifeguarding Class Due to a very generous donor, a fund has been set up to provide FREE tuition for the Lifeguard Training Class for 10 future lifeguards! How about that?! Your entire Lifeguard Training Class tuition- PAID IN FULL!  You must successfully pass the class, be eligible to be hired by the Watertown Park and Recreation Department, and agree to work for the department as a lifeguard for one year! Can't really get any better than that! Come on! Take us up on our offer- lifeguarding is a great job! Call the Park and Rec Office for further information or clarification, but don't delay! This opportunity is limited to 10 people, so register today!
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News Release and Construction Update NAME OF COUNTY: Dodge
LOCATION: City of Watertown, North Second Street
(Rock River Bridge B-14-0209)
DESCRIPTION: Bridge Replacement
SCHEDULE: Fall 2017 - Summer 2018
TRAFFIC IMPACT: Road closed inside projects limits. Detour route will be posted.
CONTACT: Brandan Hager, WisDOT Project Manager 608-245-2625
**REVISED** STH 16 & 4th Street Traffic Lights Upgrades

**PLEASE NOTE** The following notification was on the schedule to be completed on 10/04/2017. Due to an emergency repair and rain scheduled for the backup date, this project will be rescheduled. Once we receive the new date for the work, we will be sure to share that with you. The previous notification was as follows:

The Wisconsin DOT has notified the City that traffic signal upgrades are scheduled for the state-owned traffic signal at STH 16 & CTH R/4th Street on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  Should there be inclimate weather, the work will be moved to the following day. During the time the work is being conducted all signal indications will be dark & the temporary All-Way STOP Control (AWSC) will be implemented.  Regular traffic signal patterns will return as soon as the work has been completed. Please contact the Engineering Department at (920) 262-4060 with any questions you may have. Thank you for your patience during this time. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at (920) 262-4060. 

Main Street Traffic Lights Completed The work on the Main Street traffic lights has now been completed.  
WATER MAIN BREAK There is a water main break intersection of Labaree Street and Boughton Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Wednesday, 9/13/17 at 8:00 AM.  The water will be off on Labaree Street and Boughton Street until the repair is complete.  This repair will take approximately 4 to 6 hours.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for the cooperation.
N Second Street Bridge Update

The contract for removal and replacement of the North Second (N. 2nd) Street Bridge has been awarded to Lunda Construction of Waukesha, WI.  The project is set to begin Fall 2017 with completion in Summer 2018.  This project is partially funded by the Wisconsin DOT’s Local Bridge Program 205. The improvements for replacement of the N. 2nd Street bridge will include: A 3-span prestressed concrete girder bridge which reduces number of piers in the Rock River (minimizing maintenance and debris collection); a roadway which will include 12 ft. travel lanes, 6 ft. bike lanes and 8 ft. sidewalks outside of the curb; increased navigable clearance for boat traffic, a shorter structure length eliminating the need for expansion joints which will reduce long term maintenance, improved sight distance for adjacent driveways; and street lighting as aesthetic enhancements. N. 2nd Street bridge is closed and will remain closed for the duration of the project.  Demolition of the existing structure is anticipated to begin this fall.  Replacement of the crossing will begin in Spring 2018 and completion is set for Summer 2018.  A detour route has been posted for the duration of construction and includes Cady Street, Church Street, and Spaulding Street.  Total estimated cost of the proposed action is approximately $2,525,000 (without E&C) and a total project length of 0.15 miles.

CONSTRUCTION STARTING ON THE WATERTOWN LOWER DAM REHABILITATION PROJECT
The City of Watertown wishes to advise that the Contractor for the Lower Dam Rehabilitation project, Janke Contractors, will begin mobilizing on Friday, September 8, 2017, and work on the dam will commence shortly thereafter.  It is anticipated that the Rock River draw down of a total of six feet (6’) will be reached on Monday, September 11, 2017.
The drawdown will be limited to the area between the Upper and Lower Dams (approximately 2.55 stream-miles). The total depth of the drawdown will vary with rain events. The maximum anticipated depth of drawdown is 6 feet (to EL. 802.50 ft. NGVD29 at the Lower Watertown Dam). This project is expected to last until the end of December. NOTE:  The Riverwalk, located on the east side of the Rock River between Jefferson Street south to Wisconsin Streets (or roughly between 7Up south to the Senior Center parking lot) will be closed to the Public for the duration of the project. If you have any questions, please contact City Engineer, Jaynellen Holloway, at 920-262-4050.  Times to call are:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Main Street Traffic Lights The City of Watertown is aware the traffic lights on Main Street are not in sync as they should be. There was a medical emergency with the individual from the State who was completing the updates. The State is sending someone back to Watertown Thursday, September 7th, to continue to work on the updates. The rough timeline for the updates to be completed is within the next week. Thank you for your patience during this time.
City Hall Offices Closed Monday City Hall offices will be closed Monday, September 4th in honor of Labor Day. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5th from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Have a safe and happy weekend!
"Fling Some Plastic"

A big THANKS goes out to the Rock River Disc Club for their donation of 3 disc golf baskets!  Three local parks - Mary Rose, Hunters Oak and Brandenstien each received a basket!  Go check them out and "fling some plastic!"

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WATER & WASTEWATER OFFICE CLOSED

The office for Water Department and Wastewater Treatment Plant, 800 Hoffmann Dr., will be closed Monday, 9/4/2017, for the Labor Day holiday.  We will re-open on Tuesday, 9/5/2017, at 7:00 a.m. 

Senior Center Annual Ruammage Sale rummage website
Donation for New Shelter at Brandt/Quirk Park

Augie Tietz, Chairperson of the Watertown Park & Rec Commission, accepts a $10,000 donation from Scott Pomerenke, representing the Watertown Girls Fastpitch Association.  These funds will be used to erect a new shelter at the Brandt/Quirk ball park.
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S. Second St. Lane Closure beginning 08/28/2017

In response to a request from DS Johnson LLP to close a portion of S. Second Street – the south bound lane west to the west right-of-way line, the City of Watertown will be closing all of the south bound lane of S. Second Street between E. Main Street south to the alley.  The west side sidewalk will be closed along with west side parking through that area.  Residents of 106 S. Second Street will be able to access the S. Second Street entrance during façade repairs. Only the north bound lane of S. Second Street, east side parking, and east side sidewalk will remain open through this area. The project is slated to last approximately four (4) weeks and encompasses making façade repairs to 106 S. Second Street and should begin on or near the week of August 28, 2017. If you have any traffic closure questions, please contact City Engineer, Jaynellen Holloway, at 920-262-4050.  Times to call are:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Election Inspectors Needed The City of Watertown is seeking election inspectors (poll workers) for upcoming election dates in 2018.  Training is provided by the City Clerk.
To find out more about becoming an election inspector, click here or contact the Clerk's office at (920) 262-4000.
WATERMAIN BREAK ON DAKOTA ST The Water Department will be repairing a watermain break at 1419 Dakota St today, 8/11/2017.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause residents in the area, it may take a few hours to repair and water will be off during that time.  Thank you for your patience and understanding while the repair is completed.
Donation from the Watertown Soccer Club

The Watertown Soccer Club presented the Watertown Park & Recreation Commission with a donation for field maintenance at Brandt Quirk Soccer Park. Pictured on the left is Matt Backus, Director of Coaching, Watertown Soccer Club.  On the right is Augie Tietz, President, Watertown Park & Recreation Commission.
WSC check presentation

Donation from the Watertown Youth Baseball Association

Curtis Loontjer from the Watertown Youth Baseball Association presented  Augie Tietz, President, Watertown Park & Recreation Commission with a donation for batting cages and soft toss nets at Washington Park.
check presentation

City Real Estate taxes due July 31

The balance of city real estate taxes is due.
The City Treasurer's Office reminds all City taxpayers that the balance of their 2016 Real Estate Tax is due on July 31, 2017.
Tax payments may be mailed, but must be post marked on or before July 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.  Receipts will be mailed to you for either type of payment.
According to State Statutes, failure to pay the balance due on or before this date will result in penalty and interest to be added to the balance due.  This penalty and interest will be assessed on the balance due retroactive to February 1st.
Taxes remaining unpaid as of 4:30 p.m. on August 7th will be turned over to the appropriate County Treasurer for collection.

Cynthia Rupprecht
City Clerk/Treasurer

Server Upgrade - Watertown Water Department Due to server upgrade work that needs to be completed, the Watertown Water Department will not be able to answer any billing and/or payment amount questions on Tuesday, July 18th.  We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Watertown Lower Dam Rehabilitation Construction Work is scheduled to start on the Watertown Lower Dam Rehabilitation Project. For further information, please click on THIS LINK to view the press release and associated map.
WATER MAIN BREAK

Water main break: There is a water main break at 117 N First Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Friday, 7/7/17 at 7:00 AM.  The water will be off on N First St to E Madison Street.  This repair should be complete in approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Thank you for your patience!

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Holiday Hours The offices of the Street/Solid Waste/Park & Forestry Department will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th.  All garbage and recycling routes will be collected as normal.  The yardwaste site will be open on Saturday, July 1st, Monday, July 3rd and Wednesday, July 5th as normal.  There will be no recycling drop-off at the Street Department the week of July 3rd.  Have a safe and fun 4th of July!
Closed July 4th 4th of July closed
RECONSTRUCTION OF STREETS Reconstruction of Clay Street (W Spaulding Street to James Street) will begin the week of 6/19/17.  Customers in this work area will be notified of scheduled water interruptions. If water needs to be turned off due to an emergency there may not be time to notify customers.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
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Watertown Aquatic Center to Re-Open on Thursday, June 8 Thank you to all who visited the Watertown Aquatic Center last weekend! We look forward to seeing you again when we reopen for the summer this Thursday, June 8 at 11am. Please be patient with us throughout our opening days, as we will be short on lifeguards due to high school graduation and school trips. There may be times where we need to shut down areas of the pool because of this. We thank you in advance for your understanding.
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WATER OFF ON N MONTGOMERY ST The water on N Montgomery St, from W Green St to N Church St, had to be shut off at around 11:00am due to an emergency this morning 6/6/2017 .  A water main was hit during excavation on street work being done.  Unfortunately because of the urgency there was not time to notify those affected prior to the water being turned off.  Length of service interruption is unknown.  We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this emergency and thank you for your patience and understanding during the repair time.  WATER IS BACK ON AS OF NOON 6/6/2017.
Holiday Hours City offices for non-emergency services departments will be closed on Monday, May 29th for the Memorial Day holiday.  All garbage and recycling routes will be collected as normal.  The yardwaste site will also be closed on Monday, May 29th and will re-open on Wednesday, May 31st.  Exemption routes will be picked up on Wednesday, May 31st.
Celebrate the Mighty Rock River Rock River Water Trail
PAVEMENT MARKING IN DOWNTOWN DISTRICT TO BEGIN

Beginning May 8, 2017, the City will begin removing and repainting pavement markings for parking stalls, crosswalks, street centerlines and symbols along Main Street between College Avenue and Church Street. Work will be done between 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday through Friday to accommodate customers and businesses.  During pavement painting, parking will be restricted on Main Street and temporary NO PARKING signs will be placed in the area the Contractor will be working. Landlords and business owners should advise tenants of upcoming parking restrictions. The paint removal phase will create some noise. The project is expected to last approximately four weeks dependent on weather.  If any business has a special event taking place in the next two months, the Contractor is willing to accommodate that business as best it can.  Please contact Jay Haberkorn, City of Watertown Engineering Department, at 920-262-4047 to make arrangements.

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day

In honor of International Migratory Bird Day, we invite you to get out and enjoy a nice long walk along one of our city’s beautiful nature walkways to look and listen for birds in our area! Places to consider include Tivoli Island, Riverside Park, Fannie P. Lewis Park and Lunde Woods in Brandt Quirk Park but there are many other areas as well.

International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in May but can be really celebrated any day.  IMBD helps people connect to nature through the eyes of birds and to get a better understanding of the importance of bird habitat, education and conservation.

We encourage you to take time and get outdoors and enjoy this important celebration whether in your own backyard, in our parks or out on the many trails throughout Watertown!  Birding backpacks are available to check out in the Parks & Recreation office.  Backpacks include binoculars, ID fact cards, notebook, scavenger hunt information and informative pamphlets regarding bird conservation.   For more information and fun birding activities, please stop by our “Bird City Wisconsin” booth at the Farmers Market on May 16.

West Haven Park Survey The Watertown Park & Recreation Department has created a survey to determine the needs for the West Haven Park.  Please, click on this link to participate in the West Haven Park Survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MTQNF3J 
April 28th Arbor Day April 28th Arbor Day
Here is some fun information how trees benefit our city.
arbor day
City Hall & Water Dept/WWTP Closed - Friday, April 14th Please note that City Hall & Water Dept/Wastewater Treatment Plant Office will be closed on Friday, April 14th. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, April 17th. City of Watertown staff wishes you all a very safe and Happy Easter!
Help Fight Vandalism in the City Parks As we finally shake off winter and head towards warmer weather, just a reminder to be good stewards of our city parks and facilities!  Report vandalism, suspicious activity or nuisance behaviors to our police department at 920-261-6660. Our parks are truly a community asset-help us take good care of what we have!  Below are examples of what vandalism looks like when we ask that our athletic fields not be used.
vandalism pics spring 2017
Preliminary City of Watertown Election Results No provisional ballots were issued.
Unofficial City of Watertown Vote Totals
City of Watertown Voter Turnout
Spring Election

The Spring Election is Tuesday, April 4, 2017 with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Offices on the ballot include: State of WI Superintendent of Public Instruction; various judicial offices and local aldermanic offices in Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.  Click here to view a SAMPLE BALLOT.  

WISCONSIN REQUIRES PHOTO ID TO VOTE.  Many voters will simply use their WI driver’s license for photo ID at the polls.  If you do not have a WI driver’s license, please visit the Bring it to the Ballot web site for information on other forms of acceptable photo ID for voting purposes.  If you have questions, please contact City Hall at (920) 262-4000.

Dogs in the Park

DOGS IN THE PARK – Want to play with your dog off leash?  Hdog with leashead to the Boomer Street Dog Park with a fenced in area for play as an off leash site!  Dogs are welcome to walk at either the Boomer Street Dog Park or the Dog Walking Trails at Brandt/Quirk Park.  Reminder that dogs must be leashed at all times (except at off leash site).  Dogs are not allowed in city parks per ordinance; violators can be ticketed.  Please clean up after your pet!

Athletic Fields

Wisconsin Spring has arrived! Please assist the Watertown Park & Recreation Department by staying off the athletic fields until further notice.  Athletic fields including – soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, etc.-- are closed (includes Brandt/Quirk Soccer, Brandt Baseball Center, Washington Park and Riverside Park).

 

Please note that Watertown High School and Riverside Middle School athletic fields have been closed, as well.

 

When games or practices are played on fields with poor or unsafe conditions - such as early spring thaws, participants and spectators can be injured. Also, major damage to the fields can result. Afterwards, it can take months, or even years, for the fields to get back into quality playing condition.

We know and understand you are itching to get onto those fields, so are we.  We will let you know as soon as you can get out there.  

For teams looking to practice, you may do so ONLY at the Community Parks (Clark, Lincoln, Mary Rose, etc.).  Thank you for your cooperation!

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PUBLIC NOTICE TO ALL CUSTOMERS OF THE WATER DEPT

The Watertown Water Dept has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase water rates.  A telephonic public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, click here for more information.

N. Second Street Bridge Closure

The City of Watertown, WI will be closing the North Second Street Bridge effective Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and it will remain closed until construction of the new bridge is completed in July of 2018.  The bridge is located over the Rock River and is between North Avenue to the north and Herman Street to the south.  The bridge is being closed due to structural issues.  A detour will be set up for motorists and pedestrians to use. No vehicular or pedestrian traffic will be allowed to cross the bridge until the new bridge is opened in July of 2018.

Spring Primary Results

Unofficial Results
Turnout
Provisional Ballots Outstanding: 1

AmVet Donation

The Watertown AmVets presented the Watertown Park & Recreation Commission with a donation of a reflection bench for Veteran’s Park.  Pictured in front is Augie Tietz, President, Watertown Park & Recreation Commission.  In back from left: AmVet Members Eric Gerard, Mike English and Mark Kottwitz.
Augie & AmVets

Spring Primary Election

The Spring Primary Election is Tuesday, February 21, 2017 with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The primary will narrow the field of candidates for the office of State of WI Superintendent of Public Instruction.  There are no other races on the ballot for the Primary. 
WISCONSIN NOW REQUIRES PHOTO ID TO VOTE.  Many voters will simply use their WI driver’s license for photo ID at the polls.  If you do not have a WI driver’s license, please visit the Bring it to the Ballot web site for information on other forms of acceptable photo ID for voting purposes.  If you have questions, please contact City Hall at (920) 262-4000.

American Legion Donation Jeanne Gillis (right), presented Augie Tietz (left), President of Watertown Park & Recreation Commission, a $300 check for the purchase of a new refrigerator at the Upper Pavilion at Riverside Park.
Augie & Am Legion Donation Check (Small)
Girls Fastpitch Association Donation Scott Pomerenke (left), Girls Fastpitch Association, presented Augie Tietz (right), President of Watertown Park & Recreation Commission, a donation of a portable fence for diamond 3 at Riverside Park and soft toss nets to be placed by the existing batting cages at Brandt Baseball Complex, located at
Brandt/Quirk Park.Scott & Augie (Small)
Great Backyard Bird Count Bird watchers of all ages and all around the world are encouraged to enroll and participate in the "Great Backyard Bird Count" that runs February 17-20, 2017.  Participants spend at least 15 minutes counting birds anywhere, keeping track of the numbers and species seen.  This provides a real-time snapshot of where birds are and what species.  Results are then submitted at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ under the "Submit Observations" tab. 
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Registration is free.  Birding backpacks are available at the Watertown Parks & Recreation Department for check out.  Backpacks include: binoculars, flash cards, notebook, flyers and maps.  So go out, have fun and count!!
Summer Park Reservations

SUMMER PARK RESERVATIONS- Summer park reservations will be accepted beginning Wednesday, February 1, in the Watertown Senior & Community Center at 514 South First Street.  A system of registration will be used which will include a drawing to determine the sequence of registration.  Those interested in making reservations should arrive at the office by 8:00 am.  Participants will be asked to fill out a card for each reservation they plan to make.  Anyone arriving after 8:15 am will have to wait until this process is completed.  They will then be scheduled in the sequence in which they arrive.  Arriving prior to 8:00 am will give no preference in the order of scheduling facilities.  Fees are due at the time of reservation.

Candlelight Hike
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Watertown Park and Recreation's Candlelight Hike will be held Saturday, February 4th from 6-8 p.m. in Brandt Quirk Park.  Donations of $2/person or $5/family are appreciated but not required.  Donations benefit park facility upgrades.  Participants should meet at the Brandt Baseball Center parking lot.  Click here for more details!
Seeking Nominee(s) for the Alfred & Helen Krahn Citizenship Award Do you know an individual or group that has made significant contributions to the safety and/or welfare of the citizens of Watertown?  If so, you are encouraged to nominate a person or group for the Alfred & Helen Krahn Citizenship Award.  Click here for further information and an application.
Silver Creek Ice Rink. The Silver Creek Ice Rink is now open! Silver Creek is located at 730 North Water Street; there is no warming house available.  
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City of Watertown Holiday Hours With the exception of employees serving public safety functions, City departments will be closed during the holidays as follows:
Friday, December 23, 2016 - All City offices closed
Monday, December 26, 2016 - All City offices closed
Friday, December 30, 2016 - City Clerk/Treasurer's office open for tax payments, all other offices closed.
Monday, January 2, 2016 - All City offices closed
Garbage and recycling routes will be picked up as normal on these dates.
Icy Sidewalks!


The snow is here and more is coming! The warmer weather has left us and all of the beautiful leaves have fallen off the trees. That fluffy wonderful white stuff that we call snow will certainly take up residency throughout the City of Watertown over the next four to five months.

With any amount of snowfall accumulating on the ground, the owner, occupant or person in charge of the property shall, within 24 hours after the snow has stopped falling, remove all the snow and ice that fell or accumulated upon the sidewalk(s) and driveway apron(s) abutting the premises. Failure to comply with Ordinance §457-11(A) Snow and Ice Removal may result in a forfeiture of $124. Sidewalks and driveway aprons need to be maintained throughout the year, especially during the winter months when snow and ice are prevalent. Children as well as adults use the sidewalks to get around town.  Children walking to and from school need a clean and safe area to walk. In conjunction with this ordinance, you may not deposit snow into the street, alley, or roadway.  Failing to act in accordance with this part of the ordinance carries a forfeiture of $124. Please remember to remove the snow and ice on sidewalks and driveway aprons appropriately and do not deposit it onto your neighbor’s property without their permission. If you are unable to remove that tough ice that sometimes forms the ordinance does allow for the owner, occupant, or person in charge of the property to sprinkle the ice with sand, salt or an ice-melting compound. 

Now that snow has fallen, the Watertown Police Department receives numerous complaints on snow and ice covered sidewalks.  Please take this responsibility seriously and remove the snow or ice form your property before a person falls and injures themselves. The Watertown Police Department would rather seek voluntary compliance of this ordinance from all property owners rather than forcing compliance by issuing citations.

The City of Watertown does post all Municipal Code of Ordinances on its website under the Government tab. In addition, the Watertown Police Department updates its website and Facebook pages with information pertaining to weather related situations such as declared Snow Emergencies. Please keep yourself safe and warm this winter!           

City Clerk/Treasurer's Office Open December 30, 2016
The City Clerk/Treasurer's Office will be open on Friday, December 30, 2016 to accept Real Estate Tax payments.  All other City Hall offices will be closed that day.
City Hall Closed - Thanksgiving Weekend In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, November 28th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend!
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

N. Second Street Bridge Closure

The N. Second Street Bridge in Watertown is closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic effective immediately. This closure is due to a small portion of deck which has collapsed.

Efforts will be made to ensure accessibility to area residents and businesses affected by this bridge closure.

 

Street Opening Deadline Set-November 18th

The deadline for obtaining City street opening permits is Friday, November 18, 2016.  All contractors who do not make the deadline will have to wait until the spring thaw of 2017 to open streets for sewer laterals and utility work.  This generally is around March 15th. Arrangements should be made with the Watertown Water Department for these laterals in the street right-of-way.

2017 Budget Public Hearing - November 1 The public hearing for the 2017 City of Watertown budget will be held November 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Common Council chambers at 106 Jones Street.  Both summary and detail budget information can be located on the public hearings page.
Absentee Voting

City of Watertown electors who are unwilling or unable to vote at their polling location on Election Day (November 8, 2016) may vote absentee in the Office of the City Clerk located at 106 Jones Street.  Hours and times are as follows: Weekdays now through October 28: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
October 31 through November 4: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact the City Clerk's office for questions regarding voter registration and absentee ballots at (920) 262-4000.

Electronics Drop-Off The electronics drop-off site has been moved inside the gated yard at the Street Department building at 811 S. First Street.  This was formerly located at S. Second and Clyman Street and was a 24-7 drop-off.  Due to abuse of this site - non electronic items being dropped off as well as non City of Watertown residents using this site, we now have to limit the availability.  Hours for drop-off are Monday - Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  We ask that you please stop at the office to verify City of Watertown residence.
Boomer Street Dog Park

From now until November 1, Watertown's Boomer Street Dog Park, along with 6 other dog parks across the United States, are in the running for a grant from Walmart/Beneful Dog Food to improve their city's dog park.  Please vote each day until November 1 at this website http://wm6.walmart.com/Beneful.  Note: You'll need to click on the Milwaukee choice to get the Boomer Street Dog Park Site for Watertown.

Mary Rose Park Survey

This 2 question survey is to gather input for residents who use Mary Rose Park.  Please follow the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F7QQTWC.
We appreciate your input.

Absentee Voting

City of Watertown electors who are unwilling or unable to vote at their polling location on Election Day (November 8, 2016) may vote absentee in the Office of the City Clerk located at 106 Jones Street.  Hours and times are as follows:
Weekdays now through October 28: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
October 31 through November 4: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact the City Clerk's office for questions regarding voter registration and absentee ballots at (920) 262-4000.

REGISTER TO VOTE

Has your name or address changed since you last voted? 
Has it been over four years since you voted in Wisconsin? 

If you answered yes to either question, you likely need to complete a new voter registration application to vote November 8th.  Stop in the City Clerk’s office at City Hall to register now to save time on Election Day.  To register, you must show proof of residency by bringing an item that shows your current name and address such as: State of WI driver’s license or ID, bank statement, utility bill, vehicle registration, payroll check/stub.  Contrary to popular belief, proof of residency CANNOT be shown with any piece of mail.  Click here to find out what other documents are acceptable.

 Not sure if you are registered at your current address?  Check out MyVoteWI to check on your voter registration.

Closed Monday City Hall Offices will be closed on Monday, September 5th, in honor of Labor Day.  Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 6th from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!
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Community Health Assessment
Your Community, Your Health, Your Voice! 
We need your help in identifying the health needs of Dodge & Jefferson County residents! Please take the Community Health Assessment Survey  at
Surveys are anonymous!
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
Partisan Primary, August 9

There is a statewide Partisan Primary election Tuesday, August 9, 2016.  See what is on the ballot on the My Vote Wisconsin web site:  https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/PreviewMyBallot Contact the City Clerk’s office at 920-262-4000 for election and voting questions.

Absentee Voting - Partisan Primary In person absentee voting is available in the office of the City Clerk for two weeks prior to an election.  For the August 9, 2016 Partisan Primary, absentee voting will be available in the office of the City Clerk as follows:
July 25-29: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
August 1-3: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
August 4-5: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Photo ID is required for in person absentee voting.
Cooling Center for the Extreme Heat

Cooling Site

With hot summer temperatures coming this week, a great place to go to cool off and chill out with a book is the Watertown Public Library!  The library will act as a cooling center during their normal hours of operation: 

Monday-Thursday 9am - 8pm 
Friday 9am - 6pm 
Saturday 9am -1pm 
Sunday 12pm- 4 pm

Aquatic Center Pool Passes Half Price The Watertown Aquatic Center Pool Passes are now HALF PRICE.  Stop by either the Aquatic Center or the Park & Rec Department to pick up your pool pass.  You can also get it online (http://cms4.revize.com/revize/watertown/16%20Aq%20Ctr%20Pass%20Form%20fillable.pdf), too.
One day Main Street Bridge Closure

The Watertown Rock River Bridge on Main Street between Water and First Streets is set for a one day closure beginning the morning of Tuesday, July 5th (weather permitting).  It is set to reopen the following morning of Wednesday, July 6th.  The reason for this closure will be to apply the epoxy overlay on the bridge and allow for the necessary curing time.  All detour signs will be removed once the project is completed.  Should inclimate weather delay this project, it will be completed as soon as weather permits.

City Hall Closed-July 4th City Hall Offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th, in celebration of Independence Day. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Need Something To Do This Weekend?! Need something to do this weekend?  How about swimming at the Watertown Aquatic Center (open Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm and Sunday 1-7pm).  Cost is $3/person or a season pass.  Swimming not your thing?  Throw a frisbee on the Disc Golf Course at Brandt/Quirk Park.  You can, also, take a mosey through the Storybook Walk, located behind the baseball diamond at Brandt/Quirk Park on the hiking trails.
CITY HALL PHONE LINES

City Hall will change phone systems May 26, 2016.  During this process, there may be periods of time when non-emergency phone lines to City Hall are not in service. All City Hall departments are open normal operating hours during the phone system change.  Thank you for your patience.

Watertown Aquatic Center Opens

Opening weekend at the Watertown Aquatic Center is set for Saturday, June 4 (11am-7pm) and Sunday (1-7pm).  We will be closed Monday, June 6, Tuesday, June 7, and Wednesday, June 8.  Then our season will be off and running on Thursday, June 9.  Hours of operation will then be Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm and Sunday 1-7pm.  See you at the pool!!
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Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day

cardinalIn honor of International Migratory Bird Day, on Saturday May 14th, we invite you to enjoy a nice long walk along one of our city’s beautiful nature walkways to look and listen for birds in our area! Places to consider include Tivoli Island, Riverside Park, Fannie P. Lewis Park and Lunde Woods in Brandt Quirk Park but there are many others as well. The idea behind International Migratory Bird Day is to help people connect to nature ...through the eyes of birds and to get a better understanding of the importance of bird conservation. Every year International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated the second Saturday in May, but taking the time to make a connection with the birds in our surrounding area can be done any day. We encourage you to take time this Saturday to get outdoors and enjoy this important celebration whether in your own backyard, one of our parks or one of the many trails throughout Watertown!

Aquatic Center Pool Passes Get your Aquatic Center Pool Pass now! 
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Swim Lesson Registration Begins Monday, May 2 Registration Begins on Monday, May 2 for swim lessons!  Swim lesson schedule and registration form are available.  Park & Recreation Department office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
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Rock River Bridge Closure-Main Street

The Rock River Bridge on Main Street between Water and First Streets in Watertown will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic beginning May 2, 2016. This closure is expected to be for 45 calendar days due to the necessity of structural repairs to the Rock River Bridge.  Traffic will be detoured onto Milwaukee Street.

Efforts will be made to ensure accessibility to area residents and businesses affected by this bridge closure.

S. Church Street Bridge Work The Watertown Street Department will be performing work on the S. Church Street bridge starting at 12:00 a.m. Monday morning.  A crew will be replacing the approaches on the bridge and traffic will be limited to one lane in both directions.  The work will last approximately one week, depending on weather.  If weather and/or production is hindered, this project may take two weeks.
Open Book & Board of Review Dates Open Book meetings with the City Assessor will be held April 20, 2016 from noon to 2 p.m.  Contact Associated Appraisal at 800-721-4157 for assessment questions or to schedule an appointment for the Open Book meeting.

Board of Review will be held May 16, 2016 beginning at 1 p.m.  Property owners wishing to appear at Board of Review must notify the City Clerk of intent to file an objection at least 48 hours prior to the Board of Review.  Property owners considering an assessment appeal may find it helpful to review the Wisconsin Property Assessment Appeal Guide.

Public Information Session Watertown Police Department has been accredited through Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG) since May 20, 2013.  To maintain accreditation, a team of assessors from WILEAG will examine the Watertown Police Department's policy and procedures, management, operation and support service in late April.  As part of the assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on April 27, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the Community Room in the basement of City Hall, 106 Jones Street.  Comments to the assessment team may also be made by telephone on April 27, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. by calling 920-261-8812.  Please see the full press release for additional details.
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
Detours Planned for STH 19 Canadian Pacific will be starting work on the overhead railroad bridge on STH 19 between Dayton and Hiawatha Streets on April 11th.  During this time the pedestrian tunnel will remain open but detours for vehicular traffic will be posted. Please click here for the full notice and additional information.
Athletic Fields

Wisconsin Spring has arrived! Please assist the Watertown Park & Recreation Department by staying off the athletic fields until further notice.  The athletic fields – soccer, softball, baseball, Lacrosse, etc.-- are closed (includes Brandt/Quirk Soccer, Washington Park, Brandt Baseball Center and Riverside Park). 

 When games or practices are played on fields with poor or unsafe conditions - such as early spring conditions, participants and spectators can be injured. Also, major damage to the fields can result. Afterwards, it can take months, or even years, for the fields to get back into quality playing condition.

We know and understand you itching to get onto those fields, so are we.  We will let you know as soon as you can get out there.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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Absentee Voting

City of Watertown electors who are unwilling or unable to vote at their polling location on Election Day may vote absentee in the Office of the City Clerk located at 106 Jones Street.  Hours and times are as follows: 
March 21-24: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
March 28-30
: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
March 31 and April 1:
8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Per state law there is no absentee voting on weekends or on the Monday preceding Election Day.  There will also be no absentee voting on Friday, March 25 as all non-emergency offices of the City of Watertown are closed.
Special voting deputies will be visiting residential care facilities to administer absentee voting per the attached schedule.

Street/Solid Waste/Park & Forestry Holiday Hours The Street/Solid Waste/Park & Forestry office will be closed on Friday, March 25th for the Good Friday holiday, however all solid waste and recycling routes will be collected as normal.
Yardwaste Site

The yardwaste site will be open this Saturday, March 26th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  The site will then open for the regular season starting Saturday, April 2nd from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

City Hall Closed Good Friday City Hall offices will be closed on Friday, March 25, 2016 in observance of Good Friday.  Regular business hours will resume on Monday, March 28, 2016 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  We wish you and yours a very Happy Easter!
Photo ID for Voting WISCONSIN NOW REQUIRES PHOTO ID TO VOTE.  Many voters will simply use their WI driver’s license for photo ID at the polls.  If you do not have a WI driver’s license, please visit the Bring it to the Ballot web site for information on other forms of acceptable photo ID for voting purposes.  If you have questions, please contact City Hall at (920) 262-4000.
Athletic Fields

As the spring thaw begins, the Watertown Park & Recreation Department athletic fields are also beginning to thaw.  Athletic fields (soccer, softball, football) are not in condition to handle large numbers of people.  Please stay off of these fields during this early spring thaw.

When games or practices are played on fields with poor or unsafe conditions - such as early spring conditions, participants, and spectators can be injured and major damage to fields can result.  Afterwards, it can take months, or even years, for the fields to get back into quality playing conditions.

Watertown Park and Recreation Department asks that team practices and pick-up games refrain from being played on the fields and parks until we give notice that it is safe to be on the fields to minimize damage to the turf.

We thank you for your understanding and patience!

Tennis Courts The nets are up on the tennis courts at Riverside and Brandt/Quirk Parks.  Get on out there and have some fun!
City Ash Trees At Risk
The City of Watertown is greatly concerned about the potential loss of ash trees that will succumb to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a destructive insect, if left untreated.  The presence of the EAB was confirmed in the City of Watertown on July 29, 2013. 

The City, with funds from a WI DNR Urban Forestry Grant, will provide an incentive to assist property owners with the cost of treating ash trees on their property.  For details on the program click here. The deadline to submit an application is June 3, 2016.
Be a part of history, be an Election Inspector! The City of Watertown is seeking election inspectors (poll workers) for upcoming election dates.  To find out more about becoming an election inspector, click here.
MUNICIPAL JUDGE VACANCY Any attorney living within the City limits of the City of Watertown interested in being considered for appointment to the position of Municipal Judge should submit a letter of intent along with a resume to Mayor John David, PO Box 477, Watertown, WI 53094-0477 no later than Tuesday, March 1, 2016.  Contact City Clerk/Treasurer Cindy Rupprecht at (920) 262-4006 with questions.
Information Regarding St John's Lutheran Church
  • Early Sunday morning February 21, 2016, approximately a half dozen individuals attending service at St. John’s Lutheran Church became ill and were transported to Watertown Regional Medical Center.
    • All individuals were examined, their conditions quickly improved, and were released later that afternoon.
    • Following a thorough medical evaluation, in consultation with the Wisconsin Poison Center, healthcare providers could find no evidence that the illness was linked to a hazardous substance. 
    • Investigations inside the church and school by the Watertown Fire Department, Watertown Wastewater Department, WE Energies, and Madison Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team did not find any unusual conditions or evidence of hazardous substance.
  • Watertown Department of Public Health, in consultation with Wisconsin Department of Health Services, thoroughly evaluated all findings and determined the school and the church are safe for use by all members of the public, including students.
  • If church attendees have any medical concerns or questions related to this situation, they should contact their healthcare provider.
  • For questions regarding safety issues at the church or the school, please contact (920) 261-5959 (Church) or (920) 261-3756 (School).
Employment Opportunities Watertown Police Department is hiring a Full Time Clerk/Typist and a Part Time Investigations Secretary.  For details and application materials, visit the Employment Opportunities section of the City's web site. 
2016 Spring Primary Election

ABSENTEE/PROVISIONAL REPORTING SHEET
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

All For One & Octane Fitness Classes

 All For One & Octane Fitness Classes
Meet Dominic!  He is set to lead you through All For One & Octane Fitness!  Both classes offer a variety of exercises!  Register today at the Watertown Park & Recreation Department (514 S. First Street).
All For One Fitness - Tuesdays, March 8-April 26, 5:30 - 6:30 pm.
Octane Fitness - Thursdays, March 10-April 18, 5:30 - 6:30 pm.
Come try these classes for FREE on March 1 and March 3.
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Spring Primary Election

The Spring Primary Election is Tuesday, February 16, 2016 with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The primary will narrow the field of candidates for the offices of Justice of the WI Supreme Court and City of Watertown Mayor.   Wisconsin's Presidential Preference voting takes place April 5, 2016. 

WISCONSIN NOW REQUIRES PHOTO ID TO VOTE.  Many voters will simply use their WI driver’s license for photo ID at the polls.  If you do not have a WI driver’s license, please visit the Bring it to the Ballot web site for information on other forms of acceptable photo ID for voting purposes.  If you have questions, please contact City Hall at (920) 262-4000.

Silver Creek Ice Rink The Ice Rink at Silver Creek was just groomed!  Come and ice skate or play hockey!!  Silver Creek is located at 730 North Water Street.  There is no warming house available.  Have fun!!!

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Cross Country Trail at Brandt/Quirk Park

Beginning Friday, February 4, through Sunday, February 7, the west side Cross Country trail at Brandt/Quirk Park will be closed due to the Candlelight Hike on Saturday, February 6.  Park crews will open the trail on Monday, February 8!  The east side Cross Country trail across the high school will be open during this time.

Summer Park Reservations Summer park reservations will be accepted beginning Monday, February 1, in the Watertown Park & Recreation office, 514 South First Street.   A system of registration will be used which will include a drawing to determine the sequence of registration.  Those interested in making reservations should arrive at the office by 8:00 am.  Participants will be asked to fill out a card for each reservation they play to make.  Anyone arriving after 8:15 am will have to wait until this process is completed.  They will then be scheduled in the sequence in which they arrive.  Arriving prior to 8:00 am will give no preference in the order of scheduling facilities.  Fees are due at the time of reservations.
Silver Creek Ice Rink to Open The ice rink at Silver Creek (off North Water Street) is now open!  There is no warming house available.
Candlelight Hike through the Woods February 6 The Watertown Park & Recreation Department is hosting a Candlelight Hike through the Woods on February 6, 2016 from 6-8 pm.  Meet at the Brandt Baseball Center parking lot (follow Carriage Hill north, turn left on Lunde Lane).  Walk begins at the west end of the baseball parking lot.  Maps available for 1.5 miles and 2 miles.  Stargazing is midway through the hike, Smartphone app "Starmap" suggested for use.  Warm up by the bonfire near parking lot!  Admission is FREE, but donations of $2/person or $5/family suggested.  All proceeds will benefit facility upgrades.  The Watertown Youth Baseball Association will provide refreshments by the bonfire.  This is an "all weather event"! 
Candlelight Hike - Star Gazing
Free Radon Test Kits Available for Radon Action Month! January is National Radon Action Month!  Did you know that Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers?  Radon is not detectable by human senses (smell, taste, sight), so the only way to know if your living with high levels of Radon is by testing your home!  Free  Radon test kits are available at the Watertown Department of Public Health, stop by Monday - Friday 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m. and pick up a test kit!
Snow Emergency Cancelled The Snow Emergency declared on April 16, 2018 for the Central City Snow Removal Area has been cancelled.  Parking is permitted on all city streets this evening.
Snow Emergency in Effect for Downtown Area Only

Snow Emergency In Effect for Downtown Area Only

 To assist the Street Department with their plowing and cleanup efforts, the Watertown Police Department has declared a Snow Emergency for the Central City Snow Removal Area.  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.  See map for street boundaries.

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

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 website at: www.watertownpolice.com 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.

Annual Rummage Sale at the Senior Center rummage website
Dayton Street Detour by Railroad Tracks Crews will be completing work at the Dayton Street Railroad crossing from Monday, July 17th through Friday, July 21st.  Please click here for a map of the detour route.
Around the Corner with John McGivern featuring Watertown Here's the Watertown episode of "Around the Corner with John McGivern