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9/30 Community Development Block Grant Public Participation Meeting
Find out what projects the City is currently planning, tell us which ones you would most like to see implemented, and take advantage of this opportunity to share your own ideas with City Staff


Ohio Elementary School
1537 Ohio Street
Watertown, NY 13601

Time: 7 - 8:30 pm

Contact: 315-785-7725
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News Flash - Press Releases
Labor Day Service Announcements
Commencing September 1st, hours at City Hall revert back to 9 to 5. City Hall will be closed Monday, September 7th in the observance of Labor Day.

There will be no refuse or recycling services Monday, September 7th.

These services will be provided one day later than normal.

Regular Monday pickup will be on Tuesday
Regular Tuesday pickup will be on Wednesday
Regular Wednesday pickup will be on Thursday
Regular Thursday pickup will be on Friday
Regular Friday pickup will be on Saturday


There will be no CitiBus Services on Monday, September 7th.

Department of Public Works
(315) 785-7842

8/31 Construction near Huntington to Begin
Construction at the east end of Factory Street, near Huntington Street, will commence on Monday August 31st. Westbound Traffic on Factory Street (NYS Route 283) will be detoured to Main Street East & West to the Court Street Bridge, while watermain work is performed. Eastbound traffic will remain open, as will access to businesses.

The Mill Street Bridge (south span) will continue to be closed to traffic while drainage work is performed. Pedestrian traffic across the Mill Street Bridge will remain open during this phase, which is anticipated to last into October 2015.

Water main work at the Newell Street and Mill Street intersection will progress across Black River Parkway next week and require flagging of traffic exiting or entering the street. Watermain work will then progress across Mill Street, and continue eastward down Factory Street.

The contractor, CCI Companies, will install temporary barricades, signage and have flagmen on-site as needed. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes during construction. If in this area, motorist should exercise extreme caution when encountering work crews and work zones.

National Grid Gas and Electric crews will also be onsite for the next several weeks to install new facilities, which will require traffic control work zones as construction progresses.

For further information or questions please contact the Engineering Department at 315-785-7740, or visit the City’s website at and click on the Projects tab on the bottom left hand side of the home page. View the Press Release...

Factory Street Reconstruction
For complete information on the Factory Street Reconstruction Project, please click here.
9/1 Planning Board Meeting Cancelled
The City of Watertown Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 1, 2015, has been cancelled due to a lack of applications. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be October 6, 2015.
CitiBus Route Changes
Please make note of the following CitiBus route changes due to Factory Street Reconstruction and Closing of the Mill Street Bridge.
Effective Monday, August 24th Until Further Notice

A-1 Bus Route will now follow: Moulton Street across Mill Street to Main Avenue, onto West Main Street, onto Court Street Bridge to Massey Street and back to the Transfer Site on Arsenal Street.

Effective August 31st Until Further Notice

There will be NO Factory Street Bus. The C-1 Northside Loop Bus Route will now turn from Pearl Street onto High Street, then right onto State Street, through Public Square and back to the Transfer Site.

Thank You For Your Patience and Cooperation!

(315) 785-7772

Stephen Rowell on planning board
Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham is pleased to appoint Stephen N. Rowell of Watertown to the City Planning Board. Mr. Rowell has been appointed to a seven-year term to fill a vacant seat on the Board.

Mr. Rowell brings with him a perspective that will add to the dynamic on the Board, and we look forward to his participation.

For further information or questions, contact Mayor Graham at 785-7720.

Youth Fishing Program
This is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to fish and experience the great outdoors! Kids will be instructed on how
to bait their line, cast, reel, and other basic fundamentals of fishing, including fishing safety. Instruction will be provided by a certified NYS Licensed Guide. Fishing gear will be provided and a lifeguard will be on hand. Registration: August 10th- September 11th
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Adult Kickball League!!
The City of Watertown Parks and Recreation’s first Adult
COED Kickball League! A chance for players to channel their inner youth and play in a fun filled league this fall! Teams must have a minimum of 9 players and a maximum of 18. Games will be played with 9 players. Teams will be required to play with minimum of four females and four males at all times.

The league will run approximately seven weeks from
September 15th to October 27th View the Flyer

Rabies Clinics
For cats, dogs, ferret over three months of age.
NYS LAW states pets MUST be vaccinated!
Bring last certifi9cate if available. Dogs must be leashed. Cats and Ferrets must be contained
Donation is $10 All clinics run 6 - 8 pm:

August 11 at Adams Village Barn
August 13 at Clayton Town Barn
August 18 at Deferiet DPW
August 20 at Cape Vincent Town Barn
August 27 at Philadelphia Town Barn
Sept 10 at Jefferson Co Dog Control
October 8 at Jefferson Co Dog Control

Fire Safety Announcement
Public Service Announcement regarding Fire Safety
The National Fire Protection Association has announced their theme for Fire Prevention
Week Campaign beginning October 4, 2015. “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep:

Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”. NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm Code ®, requires a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on
every level of the home.

General Fire Safety tips for your family to remember to have a safe summer include:

Grilling Safety, Always Wear a Life Jacket (in and around your pool or any open waters),
Two Ways Out of your home, Outdoor open burns including bon-fires and burning
barrels, supervise children now that school will be vacationing soon, and fire safety tips
regarding electrical hazards and cooking safety.

Visit or call your local fire department for more information regarding any of these safety
messages or visit the National Fire Protection website and follow the links to any of these
safety messages.

The City of Watertown Fire Department will undergo changes related to their Public Education Office.

After July 1, 2015 the Public Education Office will not be staffed and all inquiries to this office will need to be directed to the administrative phone number at

Fire personnel will take your request and refer it to the appropriate officer.

Depending on staffing levels the day of your event, fire personnel may be assigned to assist you; however if resources are not available you may be asked to reschedule to another time.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you or your organization. Your request for services will be handled in the most professional manor
and we will continue to assist the citizens of Watertown to the best of our abilities with
the resources we have.

This change will include all Public Education events at local schools, work places,
community events, local organizations and station tours.

All inquires related to any code issue or inspection will continue to be handled by the City of Watertown Codes Department and can be reached at 315-785-7735.
Any questions regarding this change can be directed to the Public Education office until
July1, 2015 at 785-7809. After this date, questions can be directed to the Fire Chief at 785-7800.

Thank you for your efforts helping us to keep our community safe!!

“Fire is Everyone’s Fight”