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Traffic Advisory & Street Closure for Holcomb Street
National Grid Gas crews are onsite performing an emergency repair on a gas main. Intermittent lane closures may be necessary until the main is repaired. The work is expected to be completed today.

Travelers should seek an alternative route around the construction site. Local traffic will be maintained. If in the area, travelers may encounter temporary barricades, signage, and/or flagmen on Holcomb Street between Paddock Street and Flower Ave. Motorists should exercise extreme caution when encountering work crews and work zones.

For further information or questions contact the Engineering Department at 785-7740.

Pool Hours Extended
The City of Watertown Pools have extendedhours July 28-August 2nd. Swimming in City Pools is FREE. The Wm J FLynn Pool and Steven Alteri pools will open at 11:30 am and close at 8 pm
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
View Flyer
Roadwork - 100 block of Elm St
Beginning on July 28th, The City of Watertown’s Department of Public Works crews will be in the process of making road improvements to the 100 Block of Elm Street. This work will be performed on Elm Street between Washington Street and Sherman Street. Throughout this project, Elm Street will be closed between Washington Street and Sherman Street. Local residents should make arrangements to park on nearby side streets while this work is underway. Public Works crews will follow standard protocol to establish traffic control on-site while the project is underway. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes on these dates. If traveling through, motorists should exercise caution when encountering work crews and work zones. The Department of Public Works would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation while this work is completed.
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

Playground Program
Please be advised that the City of Watertown Parks and Recreation Dept will have staff at the Academy Street Playground 7/6 - 8/7 Playground Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm.
For questions please call 315-785-7775
Alteri and Flynn Pools Now Open
Summer recreation program Open 8:30 - noon and then 1 pm - 4 pm
4 locations (M-F)
Fairgrounds, North Elementary, East Hills and Thompson Park

Contact 315-785-7775

Curbside Pickup for City Residents
The City of Watertown will again provide residential curbside service to City of Watertown residents.
This on-demand bulk item collection service View the Flyer.....
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”

2015-2016 Adopted Budget
The new Adopted Budget is now ready for viewing View The Budget.....
Scuba Lessons
Watertown Parks and Recreation Department will be holding scuba lessons August 11th - 13th at the Watertown Fairgrounds Alteri Pool. There will be 2 session in the mornings at 9:00am - 9:50am and at 10:00am - 10:50am.

Registration is open for ages 12-18 and is $20 for residents and $60 for non resident.

Registration opens June 15th. Register online at or contact us at (315) 785-7775

Watertown Golf Program
The City of Watertown Parks and Recreation will be holding registration for the 2015 Summer Golf Session beginning June 15, 2015. See the attached flyer for more information. View The Flyer...