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Fire Services Operation & Data Analysis
Fire Services Operations and Data Analysis Watertown, New York March 2015 is now available for viewing.... Click to Open Document
Special Meeting of the City Council Scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2015
The City Council of the City of Watertown will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall to discuss the Municipal Arena renovations.
The City Council will also take action on the following resolutions as they were numbered on the agenda for the City Council meeting held on March 16, 2105:

Res. No. 13 – Approving Supplemental No. 2 to Professional Services Agreement, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

Res. No. 14 – Accepting Bid for Watertown Arena Renovation Project, General Contractor, Bette & Cring

Res. No. 15 – Accepting Bid for Watertown Arena Renovation Project, Electrical Work, Lawman Heating and Cooling, Inc.

Res. No. 16 – Accepting Bid for Watertown Arena Renovation Project, Mechanical Work, Lawman Heating and Cooling, Inc.

Res. No. 17 - Accepting Bid for Watertown Arena Renovation Project, Plumbing/Fire Protection, Lawman Heating and Cooling, Inc.

Approval of each of these resolutions is expressly contingent upon the City Council approving a Bond Ordinance Amendment to cover the expenses associated with this project.

The Council will also entertain the introduction of Ordinance No. 1 as it appeared on the agenda for the City Council meeting held on March 16, 2015, amending the Ordinance Dated March 17, 2014 in connection with the City’s Fairgrounds Arena project. The Ordinance, if introduced and seconded, cannot be voted upon until the next regular meeting of the City Council absent unanimous consent of the entire Council.

The next regular City Council Meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, April 6, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

For further information or questions, contact City Manager’s Office at 785-7730.

Councilwoman Burns Thoughts on the Arena
Councilwoman Roxanne Burns today issued a statement regarding planned improvements to the Watertown Arena. Burns stated “I do not believe that the Arena is being thought of in the context of what it is – namely, an asset. Our greatest asset is our wonderful residents.

Additionally, we are fortunate to have several major physical assets within the City – the first being Flower Memorial Library, followed by Thompson Park and the Arena. Together, they help define what makes this a special place to live. They help give the City its soul and vitality, something that can’t be found in big box shopping plazas.”

Burns noted that over the years, significant investments have been made in both the library and park, yet the Arena has lagged behind. She stated “This is a once in a generation opportunity, and if we are going to make the improvements, we should do it right.

To come back at some future time to complete the task will be more expensive. We have one of only a handful of multi-purpose public venues between Syracuse and Canada, and the people of the North County deserve a quality, functioning facility.”

Burns is also proposing a different way to manage and market the facility. She stated “The Arena is a regional facility which happens to be in the City. I recommend that we enter into discussions with neighboring Towns who benefit from the Arena to explore avenues whereby other municipalities can help us maximize this asset.

A renovated Arena needs to be marketed as a regional facility, and we need to bring in someone with that background. Our Parks and Recreation Department does an excellent job for the residents, but this is a completely different ball of wax. We need to think bigger.”

Volunteers for Youth Baseball Needed
The City of Watertown Parks and Recreation Department is looking for volunteer coaches to give back to the awesome community we live in! If interested, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 785-7775. We look forward to hearing from you
Mayor Graham is proud to fly the Greek Flag over City Hall on Wednesday, March 25, in honor of Greek Independence Day for all of our Greek neighbors in the City of Watertown. For further information or questions, contact Mayor Graham at 785-7720.
Municipal Arena Ice Schedule
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Winter-Related Restriction Reminder
The Watertown Police Department and Department of Public Works would like to remind Watertown residents of the two following weather related municipal codes: 265-11.1 Snow or other obstructing substances in streets Residents are reminded that shoveling; snow blowing or plowing snow into or across City streets is prohibited. Violators can be summoned in Watertown City Court and face a possible fine.

293-21c – All night seasonal parking restrictions No person shall park any vehicle upon any street or road in the City of Watertown between the hours of 2:00am and 6:00am between November 1st and April 30th. This is to include the area known as the margin between the sidewalk and curb as this is where plows need to push the snow. Violators may be subject to a $25.00 fine and have their car towed off the road.

The City is asking for cooperation with these restrictions in order to expedite the snow removal process and ensure safe roadways.