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Holiday Schedule
All offices at City Hall will be closed
Thursday, December 25th and Thursday, January 1st REFUSE PICK UP

Refuse and recycle pickup will be on regular schedule Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday December 22nd, 23rd and 24th as well as Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday December 29th , 30th and 31st

NO SERVICES will be provided on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25th or New Years Day, Thursday, January 1st.

Regular Thursday pickup will be on Friday
Regular Friday pickup will be on Saturday


Trees should be free of decorations and tinsel
Do not place trees in a bag

Place trees in the margin area between sidewalk and road
Trees will be picked up on regular recycling day between
Thursday, December 26th and Friday, January 16th


In observance of the Christmas and New Year Holidays,
there will be NO CITIBUS SERVICE
on Thursday, December 25th or Thursday, January 1st

Dog Park proposed Logo
LOGO DEVELOPED FOR FACTORY SQUARE DOG PARK Today, the City of Watertown releases the logo for the proposed Factory Square Dog Park approved by City Council at their meeting on December 1, 2014
This image will soon appear on a 4’x4’ sign at the Factory Street entrance to the Park to mark the site for this future development.
The logo was developed by AVL Signs, J.B. Wise Place, at Mayor Graham’s request, and they will apply the vinyl to the metal blank provided by the Department of Public Works. The sign will designate the future site of the Factory Square Dog Park and will remain once the Park is open.

Mayor Graham and Council Member Jennings have been working on meeting with interested neighbors and other supporters to finalize the design and organize fundraising.

“Council Member Jennings and I, along with City Council, are committed to the successful completion of this important part of the Factory Street redevelopment set to begin in 2015,” Mayor Graham said.
For further information or questions, contact Mayor Graham at 785-7720. See the Logo....

Crow Flock Reporting
Citizens are encouraged to provide the location, estimated size, and dates and times of crow flock sightings. The City’s crow hazing contractor, Loomacres Wildlife Management, relies on this information to identify nuisance crow flocks. The toll-free phone number to report crow activities within the City of Watertown is 1-800-243-1462.

To report crow activities on-line, go to

Hazing will take place for three nights starting on Tuesday, December 16th.

Residents of the City of Watertown are advised that pyrotechnics, lasers, air rifles and other devices are used during the crow dispersal process. We apologize for any disturbance due to the noise and light.

For further information or questions, contact the Planning Office at (315) 785-7730.

No ZBA for December
There will be no ZBA meeting for this month. Enjoy the holidays!
Extended Bus Service for Sundays!
Extending CitiBus Service
Effective December 7th, 14th, 21st
The City of Watertown is pleased to offer Sunday bus service to its citizens during this holiday season: Hours of Operation will range from 8:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
Paratransit Service will also be available during these hours.

RT A-1 State and East Main Street
Starts at 8:00 a.m.

RT B Arsenal Street
Starts at 8:00 a.m.
(Runs every 40 minutes until 2:00 p.m.)

RT C-1 North Side Loop
Starts at 8:00 a.m.

RT A-2 Washington Street
Starts at 8:40 a.m.

RT C-2 Coffeen Street / JCC
Starts at 8:40 a.m.

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....
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....