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Elizabeth Morris to Retire
After almost 11 years with the City of Watertown, Elizabeth U. Morris, is retiring on January 31, 2015. She most recently has been the Confidential Assistant to the City Manager. Please join us in Council Chambers at City Hall on Friday, January 30, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. as we present Mrs. Morris with a plaque to honor her for her years of service.

For further information or questions, contact Mayor Graham at 785-7720.

Marvin T Nasworthy Retires
After almost 25 years with the City of Watertown, Marvin T. Nasworthy is retiring on January 31, 2015. Mr. Nasworthy has been the Buildings and Grounds Supervisor for both City Hall and the Flower Memorial Library.
Please join us in Council Chambers at City Hall on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. as we present Mr. Nasworthy with a plaque to honor his years of service.
For further information or questions, contact Mayor Graham at 785-7720.
Join us for a 'Character Breakfast!'
SNOWTOWN USA will be hosting a character breakfast this Sunday, January 25th from 8:30am – 12:30pm. Come join us for a great time and delicious food at Maggie's on the River from 8:30am - 12:30pm Adults $5 & Kids Eat FREE

Share a delicious Pancake Breakfast with your favorite Princess or Super Hero (Belle, Pocahontas, Spiderman, Batman, Captain Amaerica)


Thanks for your continued support!!

Mayor Graham on Governor Cuomo's Opportunity Agenda
Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address on January 21, 2015 touched on a range of upstate issues, but I was especially encouraged by the emphasis the Governor placed on Fort Drum. Seeing 10th Mountain Division soldiers in the audience was a source of pride for all of us who value Fort Drum.

Governor Cuomo also pledged property tax relief and improved broadband service in rural areas, and in the last four years, there is a palpable excitement in upstate cities like Watertown.

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Snowtown Events!
This year's events start dec 31 and last until Feb 15th! Follow the below link for a detailed list of events for Snowtown USA.

http://watertown-ny.gov/DocumentView.asp?DID=939 View the Details.....

Public Hearing for Sidewalk Maintenance Program
The City of Watertown is continuing the multi-year Sidewalk Maintenance Program, designed to bring all public sidewalks up to current City Code standards. The program objective is to provide safe walkways for pedestrians throughout the City and to protect the interests of both the Property Owner and the City of Watertown, while enhancing area neighborhoods.

There will be a Public Hearing held at the City Hall in the Council Chambers on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. At this time the Council will also determine the portion of the cost property owners will be charged for the work. Property owners included in the Special Assessment Program will also have the opportunity to make comments and have questions answered.

Property owners have the option of doing the work themselves, hiring a private contractor or having the City do the work and participating in the Special Assessment Program. A sidewalk permit, obtained at the City Engineering Department, will be required if they choose to do the work themselves or hire a contractor. If they do not obtain a permit by April 10, 2015, it will be considered that they want to participate in the Special Assessment Program, which provides them with an option of paying the replacement cost in a lump sum payment or extending the cost over a 10-year period on their annual tax bill.

Winter Safety Tips
Happy New Year from the City of Watertown Fire Department.

Please remember these safety recommendations to help keep you and your family safe this New Year. Smoke Detector/Carbon Monoxide alarm batteries should have been changed in October, however if you forgot, now is a good time to do it. “Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives”

Fresh Christmas trees are typically dried out by now. Make sure you do not have your Christmas tree near any type of heat source or open flame. Watch the “live Christmas tree fire” on Youtube to understand how fast these trees can spread a fire.

Do NOT burn your Christmas tree in your wood stove or fire place. These trees will generate creosote in your chimney making for a dangerous chimney fire.

If the power goes out, be sure to place any working generator away from your home’s doors, window’s, vent pipes or any other area which can draw the carbon monoxide fumes into your home. Understand the signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and safe operations before you need it.

According to FEMA, ice 3 inches or less, or with major cracks is dangerous. STAY OFF OF THE ICE!!! Ice thickness 4” should hold one 170 lbs person standing, walking, or ice fishing. Stay with a partner whenever on or near the ice.

Use extreme caution with candles. Be alert for small children, pets and combustibles placed too close to the candle or any open flame. (36” is a recommended distance)

The use of extension cords are designed for temporary use and should be adequate for the appliance they are supporting. The wrong size extension cord can result in an electrical fault and fire.

According to the FEMA (2010-2012) fire report, (a) residential building fires peaked 11% during the month of January, (b) Smoke Alarms were not present in 22% of the larger non-confined fires, and (c ) an estimated 2465 deaths occurred with $7 billion in property loss. Heating appliances should be serviced by a qualified technician.

Please help us locate the fire hydrant near your home by keeping it shoveled out, or if unable to shovel it clear, place a marker in the snow so we can locate it.

Please take the time to make sure your home is safe. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

“Fire is Everyone’s Fight”

City of Watertown Fire Department
224 S Massey St.
Watertown, New York 13601
(315) 785-7809
(315) 785-7821 Fax
(315) 785-7800 Admin.
tkolb@watertown-ny.gov

No ZBA Meeting for the Month of January
There is no ZBA meeting for this month. Enjoy the new years!
Donations for Community Projects
There are two important community projects underway in which the Northern New York Community Foundation is handling the collection of public donations. The Factory Square Dog Park and the Fort Drum/10th Mountain Division Memorial in Thompson Park depend on private generosity for their completion, even though both endeavors are being built on public land designated by Watertown City Council.

While the City is not itself soliciting funds, those wanting to contribute to these worthy efforts may send a check to:

Northern New York Community Foundation
120 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601

Please designate which fund on your check, and the Foundation will allocate to the correct account and send the donor an acknowledgement.

I am proud to join all of you in supporting these two projects for the enjoyment of all citizens of the City of Watertown, as well as visitors to our area.

For further information or questions, contact Mayor Graham at 785-7720.

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....