City of Watertown News

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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
City Utility Bill Due Date Error

The City of Watertown Utility Bill that was mailed on March 15, 2016 contained a due date error.  Instead of a due date of April 5th, the due date of April 20, 2016 was printed.   E-mailed bills contained the correct due date of April 5, 2016, but due to the error on the printed bills, the City of Watertown will be accepting payments through April 20th.  Due to the timing of the next bill being mailed on April 15th, any payment not received by April 12, 2016 will appear on the April 15, 2016 bill as a “Previous Balance” and the entire balance will be included in the “Amount Due”.  This was a one-time error and future bills will be due on approximately the 5th of each month for bills mailed around the 15th of each month. Customers that are billed at the end of the month are not affected by this error. Thank you for your understanding.

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.
Dominic 1 (Small)

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!!!

ice skater
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!
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