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News Flash - City Hall Closed
City Hall CLOSED Thursday & Friday for Thanksgiving Break

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Thanksgiving Public Service Announcement
All Offices at City Hall, 245 Washington Street will be closed on both Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th. REFUSE PICK UP
Due to the observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, trash and recycling service will be:
Regular pick up Monday, November 24th thru Wednesday, November 26th
Thursday, November 27th – NO PICK UP
Regular Thursday pick up will be on Friday
Regular Friday pick up will be on Saturday

There will be no bus services Thursday, November 27th

Change in City Hall Hours For the Holidays
Watertown City Hall Municipal Offices will be open to serve the public on the day before Thanksgiving Day (November 26, 2014), Christmas Eve (December 24, 2014) and New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2014) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On behalf of all City employees, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

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

Pubic Safety Message from the Fire Department
A reminder! Change the batteries in your alarms and please keep your fire hydrants cleared or visibly marked. Read the flyer for more info! Read the Rest....
12/5 Watertown Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
The lighting and other events will be Friday the 5th and then Dec 6th through January 4, 2015 from 4:30-10 pm the Music & Light Display occurs Friday December 5th, 2014

6:30 p.m. – Musical Performance by the Jefferson Singers from Jefferson Community College, Directed by Dennis Pucci

6:45 p.m. – Announcement of Downtown Decorating Contest Winners

6:45 p.m. - Musical Performance by the Northern Blend Chorus, Directed by Mary Ann Wert and Katie Taylor

7:00 p.m. – Christmas Parade organized by Stanley Zaremba and sponsored by Benefit Services Group

7:40 p.m. – Tree Lighting Ceremony and Count Down

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Visit with Santa at the Gazebo in Public Square Park. Sponsored by the Downtown Business Association

7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Music and Light Display every 30 minutes featuring thousands of LED lights that are synchronized to a variety of holiday songs.

Hot chocolate, coffee and mulled cider provided free of charge courtesy of the Downtown Business Association. Visit the Website....

12/2 City Planning Board Meeting Cancelled
The next regularly scheduled meeting is January 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm. Submittals are due on December 23rd.
Sir John A. MacDonald Day
Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham to proclaim January 11, 2015 as Sir John A. MacDonald Day
At the City Council Meeting of January 5, 2015, Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham will proudly declare January 11, 2015 as “Sir John A. Macdonald Day” in Watertown, New York. This day is honored annually in Kingston, Ontario, as he is Canada’s first and founding prime minister. This year, however, honors the bicentennial anniversary of his birth.

Mayor Graham says “The City of Watertown is proud and pleased to celebrate with our Kingston neighbors on this historic day and look forward to continued peace, prosperity and friendship along the Canada-U.S. border!”

Sir John A. Macdonald (1815-1891) was born in Glasgow and came to the Kingston area with his family at age 5. He was a lawyer and served the City of Kingston as an Alderman before entering the wider political sphere in pre-Confederation Canada. He was appointed the new nation’s first prime minister on July 1, 1867 and Canada’s Father of Confederation served a total of 19 years in Canada’s highest political office.

He died, still serving as prime minister, in 1891. His body lay-in-state at Kingston’s City Hall, and he is buried there.

For further information or questions, contact the City Manager’s Office, at 315-785-7730.

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.

Municipal Arena Ice Schedule
Events added Daily..Questions?? Call 315-785-7775 View the Calendar....
Slip, Slide & Skate : Learn to Skate Program
Watertown Parks and Recreation presents the Slip, Slide and Skate programe. Sign up now for skating lessons with a professional Instructor. Lessons are every Thursday Oct. 9th - Dec. 18 at 8:45 am to 9:45 am. There is a $25.00 fee for the lessons. Please register at or call 785-7763 for more information.