Click to Home

Find out what's happening in the city. Below is a list of current news releases.

News Flash - All
News Flash - Press Releases
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
NYSAFC Urges You Not to Use Fireworks This Weekend
Fire Chiefs Urge New Yorkers to Leave Fireworks
to the Professionals this Holiday Weekend. EAST SCHODACK, N.Y. -- Despite opposition from every major fire service organization in New York
state, the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo enacted legislation in 2013 allowing every county in
the state to adopt a local law authorizing the sale of specific “safe” fireworks. To date, 31 counties have
adopted such local laws. Citizens have begun to see tents popping up in parking lots utilized by vendors
throughout the counties that have authorized the sale of these so-called safe sparklers.

The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) is urging anyone who buys and uses these
sparkling devices during the Fourth of July weekend to make sure that you use and dispose of them as
safely as possible. According to NYSAFC Executive Director Jerry DeLuca, “In a recent test conducted
by a member fire department, the temperature of these sparklers was more than 300 degrees after it was
fully discharged. Even after 15 minutes, the temperature remained at 120 degrees. If a sparkler is disposed
of by placing it in a trash receptacle while still hot, a fire could very easily ensue.”

On June 15, 2015, firefighters in the town of Kingsbury, Washington County battled a blaze that destroyed
a home. The cause of the fire was improperly disposed of fireworks.

For your safety and the safety of your family, NYSAFC urges you not to use these fireworks. If you do,
please follow some basic safety rules.

1. Keep them away from children – you must be 18 or older to use them.
2. Stay away from the sparkling devices after ignition.
3. Use them away from any combustible materials such as dry grass, paper or cardboard products.
4. Make sure they are completely cool prior to disposal.
5. Consider submerging them in water prior to disposal.

Citizens Advisory Board Meeting July 9th
The next Citizens Advisory Board meeting will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 8:30 am in the City Council Chambers.
7/15 ZBA Meeting
The Chairperson of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has called a meeting of the ZBA for Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall. At that meeting, the following agenda items will be discussed:
1. #504 Area Variance Request to vary sign regulations at 419 State Street, Watertown.
Mr. Peter Souch III
PL Holdings LLC
120 Arcade Street
Watertown, NY 13601
NOTE: All applicants involved in the above requests must attend this meeting. If an
Applicant is not present; the Zoning Board of Appeals will not act upon the individual request.
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

2nd Session Baseball sign-ups
4 week program starts 8/3/15. Registration deadline is 7/15/15 [Additional info...]
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...
Watertown Sunday Softball League Schedule
5/17/15 - 7/19/15 Sunday Softball League Schedule at Parks & Recreation View the schedule...
Tennis Clinics
Watertown Parks & Rec is now offering tennis clinics in July for ages 6-10 and 11 and up... $10 for city residents and $30 for non-city. Pre-registration is required...please see the attached flyer [Additional info...]