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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.

TREE WATERTOWN FALL TREE PLANTING PROJECT
Fall is a great time to plant trees! On Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., Tree Watertown, the City's Street Tree Advisory Board, will be conducting its 13th annual fall tree planting project. The project will involve the planting of 26 trees around the Watertown High School Campus and at Immaculate Heart Central High School.

The Northern New York Community Foundation has awarded the City of Watertown a $3,000 grant from the Carolyn Whitney Tree Planting Fund for the project. The grant will pay for the purchase of the trees and supplies.

The project will bring together multiple organizations who will be working together to help beautify not only the school grounds, but the entire community. It will further the goals of Tree Watertown by increasing the tree canopy in the City and educating the community
about the benefits of planting trees.

Project partners include the City of Watertown who has provided technical assistance and grant administration for the project while the Department of Public Works has assisted by pre-digging the tree planting holes. Tree Watertown members will be joined by Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension to lead volunteers in proper tree planting techniques. Student volunteers from Watertown High School’s Youth Philanthropy Council,
Immaculate Heart Central’s Faith Community Service Program and Year I and II Confirmation Classes from Holy Family Church will assist in completing the tree planting.

The fall tree planting has become an annual project for Tree Watertown and supplements other spring tree planting efforts in the City. Trees planted during any season
improve the community’s quality of life, provide beauty and shade for our neighborhoods, schools and parks and help clean the air by filtering pollution and producing oxygen.

Anyone interested in participating is invited to join Tree Watertown beginning at 9:00 a.m. in front of Watertown High School on Washington Street to help plant the trees.

Halloween Spooktacular on Ice
Come join our Halloween Spooktacular on Ice. We will be hosting an on ice costume party and costume contest with light, music and candy. Event takes places on Saturday November 1 from 7:40 - 10:00pm at the Watertown Municipal Ice Arena. Cost is $2 admission and $2 skate rentals.
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 www.airportwildlife.com/crows.php

Hazing will begin once large flocks have established in the City.

Residents of the City of Watertown are advised that the use of pyrotechnics, lasers and other devices used during the crow dispersal process produce lights and noises similar to sirens and fireworks. These activities may be heard and/or observed by local residents.

We apologize in advance for any disturbance.

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

11/5 Public Auction Notice for Properties
public auction on Wednesday, November 5, 2014,
A Public Auction at 6:00 p.m. (registration starts at 5:30 p.m.) in the 3rd Floor City Council Chambers, City Hall, 245 Washington St. View Details.....
Municipal Arena Ice Schedule
Events added Daily..Questions?? Call 315-785-7775 View the Calendar....
Club Vortex Youth Running Program
The City of Watertown presents the Club Vortex, Youth Running Program for ages 6 - 11. We get kids moving with fun running exercises to build strength, speed and endurance. Registration closes Oct.6, so don't wait. Club Vortex will be held on Monday and Wednesday Oct. 6 through Nov. 12 at 3:45 - 4:45pm in Thompson Park. Registration is only $5 for City Residents and $20 for Non-City Residents. Hurry and register today at www.watertown-ny.gov/rec
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 www.watertown-ny.gov/rec or call 785-7763 for more information.