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Jun 10, 2020

COVID Athletic Guidance


The city has prepared COVID guidelines for athletics: Read More
Jun 01, 2020

Employee Recognition

We are thankful for the service of the following individuals as they celebrate anniversaries with the City of Watertown this June!

JOHN A. DUVERNELL – FIRE DEPARTMENT – 20 YEARS
DAWN R. LEARNED – POLICE DEPARTMENT – 10 YEARS
RANDY L. FRANKS – STREET DEPARTMENT – 5 YEARS

Thank you for your years of service with the City of Watertown! We will be publicly recognizing these employees in front of our Council once we are able to meet in person again!

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May 15, 2020

City Hall Hours beginning June 1

City Hall will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning June 1, 2020.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays we will be closed to the public but available by phone and email.  Payments may be left in the dropbox.  If you are coming in to City Hall, please maintain 6 feet of distance and please wear a face covering.  If you don't have one, we can provide one. Read More
May 12, 2020

Western Avenue and S. Fourth Street Repair

Starting Wednesday May 13, 2020 The Wastewater and Street Departments will be working together to repair a sanitary sewer line and also do some concrete repair at the intersection of S. Fourth St. and Western Ave. Work is anticipated to take approximately one week. Work will take place under traffic, however we will be shifting traffic over from east bound and west bound as necessary.

Please call Street Department with any questions, 920-262-4080

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May 05, 2020

Employee Recognition

We are thankful for the service of the following individuals as they celebrate anniversaries with the City of Watertown this month!

Scott A Theder - Street Department - 30 years
Jeffrey D. Meloy - Police Department - 25 years
Terry L. Schultz - Water Department - 20 years
Amber R. Haumschild - Police Department - 15 years

Thank you for your years of service with the City of Watertown! We will be publicly recognizing these employees in front of our Council once we are able to meet in person again! Read More
Apr 17, 2020

Yardwaste Site will Re-Open MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020

The Yardwaste Site on Boomer Street will open Monday, April 20th with the following guidelines:
Attendants cannot assist you.
You must dispose of your bags.
You must maintain 6 Feet of Social Distancing.
The curbside pickup of these items will cease - except for brush only like normal.
Hours are: Monday and Wednesday 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Apr 17, 2020

Drop Off at Street Dept will resume Monday, April 20,  2020

The Street Department yard at 811 S. First Street will resume drop off of items on Monday, April 20th.  This is will be for electronics, furniture, mattresses/boxsprings, and construction debris only and will need to follow the following guidelines:
- You must pay for disposal of items via phone (credit/debit card) only; call upon arrival and pay prior to disposing of items. Phone: 920-262-4080
- Attendants cannot assist you.
- You must maintain 6 Feet of Social Distancing.
- No extra recycling/garbage will be dropped off in the yard at this time.
- Hours are: Monday - Thursday 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Apr 06, 2020

COVID 19 Information

The CDC website provides information for citizens regarding COVID 19.  Being armed with reliable information will help guide citizens through the outbreak. Click on the links below to learn more: Read More
Apr 06, 2020

Tips for Families and Individuals for COVID-19

  • Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if symptomatic:
    • Stay home if you are sick
    • Call your health care provider's office in advance of your visit
    • Limit movement in the community
    • Limit visitors
  • Implement personal protective measures (e.g. stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, clean frequently touched surfaces
  • Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g. family, friends, co-workers)
Read More
Mar 26, 2020

Around the Corner with John McGivern featuring Watertown

Here's the Watertown episode of "Around the Corner with John McGivern Read More
Mar 26, 2020

Milford Street Update

Milford Street, at an area between West Street and west for approximately 1/2 block, has now been reopened.  The sidewalk remains closed. This is due to the collapse of the retaining wall behind Pick N Save during the historic rain event on August 17th which caused significant erosion and threatened to undermine the sidewalk and street above it.  The City will be monitoring the portion of Milford Street daily until the retaining wall has been repaired.  Should the safety of the street be compromised, the same portion of Milford Street will be closed again to maintain safety.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Mar 26, 2020

Watertown TV Audio

A technical problem with Charter Channel 985... Read More
Mar 26, 2020

Spring Election Unofficial Results

Voter Turnout
Unofficial Results
Oustanding Provisional Ballots: 0
Mar 26, 2020

Spring Election Unofficial Results

Unofficial Results
Voter Turnout
Oustanding Provisional Ballots: 0
Mar 26, 2020

Sanitary Sewer Lining Schedule 7/29 - 8/2/19

LINING SCHEDULE WEEK OF 7/29/2019 to 8/2/2019
Wednesday: 7/31/2019
1.) W. Arcade Avenue and Sand Street
MH: 01-017 to MH: 01-016 / 326’ of 8 inch / 7 Services
2.) 207 Silver Drive
MH: 01-050 to MH: 01-049 / 402’ of 8 inch / 7 Services
3.) Harvey Avenue
MH: 22-061 to MH: 22-060 / 246’ of 8 inch / 3 Services

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Mar 26, 2020

Sanitary Sewer Lining Schedule 7/29 - 8/2/19

This week Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Wednesday: 7/31/2019

1.) W. Arcade Avenue and Sand Street
MH: 01-017 to MH: 01-016 / 326’ of 8 inch / 7 Services
2.) 207 Silver Drive
MH: 01-050 to MH: 01-049 / 402’ of 8 inch / 7 Services
3.) Harvey Avenue
MH: 22-061 to MH: 22-060 / 246’ of 8 inch / 3 Services
Read more for Thursday and Friday...

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Mar 26, 2020

Water Bill Automatic Payments

Watertown Water Department can automatically withdraw your utility bill from a checking or savings account on the due date.  To sign up for electronic payments complete the application and return it with a “Voided” check.  There is no charge for this service.

Mar 26, 2020

Stop the Spread of Germs

Slow the spread of germs pictureWith respiratory illnesses going around, here are three things you can do to slow the spread of germs  Read More
Mar 22, 2020

COVID-19 Information Hotline

The City of Watertown has created a COVID-19 hotline for frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Mar 20, 2020

City Department Update

City offices continue to be closed to the public to observe social distancing. City departments have provided the following updates to share with citizens.
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Mar 18, 2020

Absentee Voting

There are three easy ways that you can request an absentee vote! 
By mail:  Written requests with a photo ID can be mailed before April 2nd to:
   City of Watertown
   Clerk/Treasurer Office
   P.O. Box 477
   Watertown, WI  53094
Online: myvote.wi.gov.
In person:  Signs are posted at City Hall to the voting office on the second floor.  In person absentee voting ends on April 3rd.
Mar 17, 2020

City Offices Closed to Visitors Except PD Lobby and Voting

City Offices Closed to Visitors
Mar 17, 2020

Orders for mass gatherings

Updated orders for mass gatherings
See here
Mar 16, 2020

Travel and COVID-19

Spring Break Traveling
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

It is recommended that you
do not travel to the following places during spring break:
 
  • you travel to a country with a level 3 health notice, or 
  • an area with community spread
 Please refer to CDC link above for lists of those countries and areas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all persons defer any travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide because of the increased risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard ships.


VIAJAR DURANTE LAS VACACIONES DE PRIMAVERA
Se recomienda que usted no viaja a los siguientes lugares durante las vacaciones de primavera:
 
• viaja a un país con un aviso de salud de nivel 3, o
• una zona de propagación en la comunidad
 
Por favor refiérase a CDC enlace de arriba para las listas de aquellos países y áreas

Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC)
recomiendan que todas las personas posterguen(cancelen) cualquier
viaje en cruceros, incluidos cruceros fluviales, en todo el mundo debido
al mayor riesgo de transmisión de COVID-19 a bordo de los barcos.
Read More
Mar 15, 2020

Please see today's update on COVID-19

CITY OF WATERTOWN WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO COMBAT COVID-19 
Read the press release, click here.
Mar 12, 2020

COVID-19 JOINT PRESS RELEASE

Click Here for COVID-19 JOINT PRESS RELEASE
“We are working together to ensure that we do our best to keep our community safe and to provide the community with the most current information. We're encouraging common sense approaches as we would with any virus such as limiting contact with others, staying home when you're not well, and making plans for vulnerable populations.” Read More
Mar 10, 2020

Stop the Spread of Germs

With respiratory illnesses going around, here are three things you can do to slow the spread of germs 

Slow the spread of germs picture
Mar 02, 2020

Utility Bill Automatic Payments

Watertown Water Department offers automatic utility payments from your checking account on the due date.  To sign up for electronic payments complete the application and return it with a “voided” check.  There is no charge for this service.
Feb 18, 2020

Spring Primary Unofficial Results


Unofficial Results
Voter Turnout
Oustanding Provisional Ballots: 0
Feb 13, 2020

SNOW EMERGENCY - CENTRAL CITY SNOW REMOVAL AREA

To assist the Street Department with their snow removal and cleanup efforts, the Watertown Police Department has declared a Snow Emergency for The Central City Snow Removal Area. The Snow Emergency will go into effect at 11pm tonight and run until 7am Friday morning.

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Feb 07, 2020

Snow Emergency February 9th

The National Weather Service is predicting a Winter Weather Snow event for the Watertown area.  Snow is expected to develop in our area and fall throughout Sunday. Total snow accumulations are for 3-5 inches of snow.

 To assist the Street Department in their anticipated plowing and cleanup efforts, the Watertown Police Department has declared a City-Wide SNOW EMERGENCY that will go into effect at 11:00 p.m. Sunday night, February 9th, 2020.   The Snow Emergency will run for 48 hours.    

 During the 48-hour period of the snow emergency parking on all city streets and alleys will be banned between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following morning.  Residents who have no off-street parking available are encouraged to utilize municipal parking lots or make arrangements with neighbors, relatives or friends to avoid a potential $50.00 citation.  In addition, any vehicle that has been ticketed and remains parked at the same location for 24 or more hours afterward may be towed at the owner’s expense.

 Citizens are encouraged to monitor the Watertown Police Department web site At: www.watertownpolice.com or the City of Watertown website at: www.ci.watertown.wi.us/ or follow us on Facebook for up to date information.

Jan 30, 2020

Sanitary Sewer Repairs

Scheduled for 2/03/20 - 2/04/20 Read More
Jan 29, 2020

Absentee Voting for Residential Care Facilities

Please click here to see a list of locations, dates and times when Special Voting Deputies, appointed by the City of Watertown, will administer absentee voting in residential care facilities.

If you have further questions, please contact:
Elissa Friedl
City Clerk/Treasurer
106 Jones Street, PO Box 477
Telephone:  920-262-4000

Jan 24, 2020

SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARED

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Watertown area.  Snow is expected to develop in our area on Friday evening and continue through Saturday morning.  Total snow accumulations as of today are for 3-5 inches of snow.

To assist the Street Department in their anticipated plowing and cleanup efforts, the Watertown Police Department has declared a State-Wide SNOW EMERGENCY that will go into effect at 11:00 p.m. Friday night, January 24, 2020.  The Snow Emergency will run for 48 hours.

During the 48-hour period of the snow emergency parking on all city streets and alleys will be banned between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following morning.  Residents who have no off-street parking available are encouraged to utilize municipal parking lots or make arrangements with neighbors, relatives or friends to avoid a potential $50.00 citation.  In addition, any vehicle that has been ticketed and remains parked at the same location for 24 or more hours afterward may be towed at the owner's expense.  

Citizens are encouraged to monitor the Watertown Police Department web site at:  www.watertownpolice.com or the City of Watertown website at:  www.ci.watertown.wi.us/ or follow us on Facebook for up to date information.

Police Chief Robert Kaminski
Jan 14, 2020

REAL ESTATE TAX NOTICE

REAL ESTATE TAX NOTICE
The City Treasurer's Office reminds City taxpayers that 2019 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes are due and must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. in our office by Friday, February 7, 2020.  This applies to taxpayers who wish to pay their taxes in full or choose the installment plan.

Tax payments may be mailed but must be received post marked on or before January 31st; or they may be placed in the silver/red night deposit box located in the brick wall to the left of the front doors of City Hall.

Elissa Friedl
City Clerk/Treasurer
Jan 01, 2020

Recycling Drop off Rates Effective January, 1 2020

Dec 15, 2019

RECYCLING AND TRASH PICK DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

With the Holiday Season approaching please keep in mind, Read More
Dec 13, 2019

LEAF COLLECTION - today is the last day

The Street Department will be done with leaf collection today, Friday 12/13/2019. If you have leaves or feel you were missed after Friday, please call 920-262-4080.

Dec 12, 2019

Running for local office

The Spring, 2020 election will include the office of Alderperson in the following districts in the City of Watertown: 2, 4, 6 and 8.  Click here  for details including links to necessary forms and filing deadlines for candidates.

Dec 11, 2019

Property Tax Bills

Property tax bills for the City of Watertown were mailed Monday, December 9th.  If paying in full, the due date is January 31, 2020.  If paying by installments, due dates are January 31, April 30 and July 31, 2020.  The office of the City Clerk/Treasurer is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to accept payment by check or cash.  Please note the office will be closed on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.  Payments may also be made by mail (City of Watertown, PO Box 477, Watertown WI 53094) or by using the dropbox in the brick wall just outside the City Hall front doors.  Credit card payments are accepted via a third-party service online at: https://www.paymentservicenetwork.com/Login.aspx?acc=RT19498.  Please note the processing company charges a fee of 2.75% to credit card payments.  For questions, please contact the office of the Clerk/Treasurer at 920-262-4000.

Dec 02, 2019

YARD WASTE SITE is CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.

Curbside pick-up continues for leaves. Please call the streets department, 262-4080, for brush pick-up. Read More
Nov 14, 2019

Leaf Collection and Yard Waste

The Street Dept. is still collecting leaves and will continue until we are done or the weather shuts the process down. Read More
Oct 16, 2019

2020 City Budgets

The 2020 City budgets for the General Fund and all other funds have been prepared and reviewed by the Finance Committee.  There will be a public hearing on the 2020 budgets on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 106 Jones Street.  Click here to view the 2020 City budgets.  Questions regarding the budgets may be directed to the City Clerk/Treasurer at 920-262-4007. 

Oct 09, 2019

Press Release - Rock River Level

Rock River Level October 8, 2019
The latest update of the Rock River level, below the dams, shows that the Rock River is currently at 5.17 feet & is expected to go to minor flood level around 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.  The river is predicted to crest Saturday & Sunday at 5.9 feet, just below the moderate flood level, which may cause some minor flooding along the low areas along the river.  Officials in Watertown continue to monitor the Rock River.  Sandbags & sand are available for citizens to fill at the Watertown Street Department, located at 811 S. First Street, during normal business hours. 

Contact Information:  Fire Chief Kraig Biefeld - (920) 342-4383
Sep 11, 2019

Commercial/Industrial Development Flowchart Available

Looking to develop a commercial or industrial property?  Are you looking to start a new business?  To help you through the Zoning process, Building, Safety & Zoning has developed a Commercial/Industrial Development Flowchart to guide you through the process.  This flowchart provides timelines and cost associated with the Zoning process. 
Jul 16, 2019

Recycling & Solid Waste Update

The staff working with solid waste would like to please ask for patience with the changes due to collecting recycling every week.  There have been many concerns and assumptions that a residence was missed for collection when in reality the crew has not made it through the full route.  Daily collections are taking much longer due to many factors; weekly recycling, truck break downs, and subbing personnel.  Routes may not be collected until 2:00 p.m. and sometimes later until all the "kinks" are worked out.  The way routes are run also could change, possibly even every week due to subs, construction, full loads quicker, etc.  It is more important than ever to have carts out by 6:00 a.m. on the day of your pickup - do not assume you know what time the truck comes down your street.  Please be patient with us - if your cart is not emptied by the evening of your scheduled day, then feel free to call our department - carts do get accidentally missed.
Jul 12, 2019

Paving Beginning July 15th

Weather permitting, beginning Monday, July 15th, the City’s paving contractor for the 2019 Annual Street program, Stark Pavement Corp., will be in town to pave. They will be placing the top lift of asphalt on S. Concord Avenue between the railroad tracks and Concord Place. They will also begin rotomilling asphalt pavement on Lakeside Terrace (between Clark Street and Carlson Place), Carlson Place (between Lakeside Terrace to Franklin Street), and S. Ninth Street (between Franklin Street to Boomer Street). The City wants to thank everyone for their continued patience as these projects move ahead.
Jul 02, 2019

City Hall Offices Closed

All City Hall offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th.  The Street Department offices will also be closed, however, sanitation & recycling routes will be collected as normal. 
Jun 26, 2019

Weekly Recycling

The Street/Solid Waste/Park & Forestry Department is pleased to announce that weekly recycling will begin July 1st.  Your day of pickup will not change and we will still pick up on all holidays.
Jun 11, 2019

Jefferson County Community Input Needed

Your input is needed to help guide the future of Jefferson County!
Comprehensive Plan & Agricultural Preservation & Land Use Plan updates. 

Please visit the following sites for further information:

https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyWI.Gov/photos/a.198166780213015/2635116726517996/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/events/487577505312324/

Jun 05, 2019

Modified Hours at Watertown Aquatic Center

The Watertown Aquatic Center has modified hours this week.  
Monday, June 3 - Thursday, June 6 open 4:30-6:30pm.
Friday, June 7 resumes normal business hours.  Business hours are Monday-Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm. Sunday 1-7 pm.
May 13, 2019

Open Book & Board of Review

The City of Watertown Open Book meeting with the Assessor will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. at City Hall, 106 Jones Street.  To make an appointment please contact Associated Appraisal at 920-749-1995.  If after the Open Book session you wish to contest the assessed value of your property, please contact the City Clerk at 920-262-4007 to obtain an objection form and make an appointment for the Board of Review meeting.  The Board of Review will meet Tuesday, June 4, 2019 beginning at 2 p.m.  Objections must be filed at least 48 hours prior to Board of Review. 
Apr 04, 2019

WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR

There is a water main break on 1100 Industrial Drive intersection Commerce Drive.  The repair is scheduled to start Thursday, 4/04/19 at 12:15 PM.  The water will be off on Industrial Drive for approximately 4 to 6 hours or until repair is complete. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Apr 02, 2019

Spring Election Unofficial Results

Voter Turnout
Unofficial Results
Oustanding Provisional Ballots: 0
Apr 01, 2019

Mayor David Open House

An open house in honor of retiring Mayor John David will be held at City Hall on Thursday, April 11, 2019 during office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  John David will end his most recent term as Mayor of the City of Watertown later this month after serving as Mayor since April, 2013.  He also previously served as Mayor from April, 2001 through April, 2007 and served as an Alderperson from April, 1996 through April, 2001 and April, 2011 through April, 2013.  The public is encouraged to stop by and wish Mayor David well and enjoy a piece of cake and coffee or punch in his honor.
Mar 22, 2019

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting in the office of the City Clerk ends March 29, 2019 at 5 p.m.  Absentee voting is available in the office of the City Clerk during regular business hours.  The Clerk's office will remain open until 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29 for purposes of absentee voting.  For questions contact the City Clerk's office at 920-262-4000.
Mar 18, 2019

HYDRANT FLUSHING

HYDRANT FLUSHING – Tentatively Scheduled Weather Permitting

It is that time of the year again!  The Water Department will be flushing hydrants beginning Monday, April 1st, from 5:00 AM - 1:00 PM, one crew will be starting on Main Street (between 1st St and 8th St) and a second crew will start on Hospital Drive.  Flushing will continue that week Tuesday through Friday, from 7:00 am through 3:00 PM and the week of April 8th, Monday - Friday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  For more information about hydrant flushing, or if you experience rusty water, please see the "FAQ's & Helpful Hints" tab, items #13 & #14, of the Water Department website page.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mar 18, 2019

SPECIAL VOTING DEPUTIES-ABSENTEE VOTING

Click HERE for list of locations, dates & times as it relates to absentee voting in residential care facilities with special voting deputies.

Mar 14, 2019

Flooding

With the recent warm weather and melting of the snow pack, the Rock River in Watertown has risen and is over its banks.  The level is expected to rise over the weekend and cause some flooding.  The Street Department has sand and sandbags at the S. Second Street entrance if residents are in need of them due to the rising water.  The Street Department will have personnel monitoring the outflows throughout the evening into Friday.  The Fire Department urges caution by the river.  The ice is not safe and melting conditions can cause a hazard.  Please report any flooding conditions to the Police Department at (920) 261-6660.
Feb 26, 2019

Right Tree, Right Spot

Watertown’s City Forestry Department staff will be conducting a tree planting workshop. Discuss finding the right tree for the right spot. Adults will learn about the different species, proper planting techniques, Digger’s Hotline and how to plant your tree to thrive not just survive.

Join us for this FREE workshop at the Watertown Senior & Community Center - Terrace Room from 6:30-8 pm on either Thursday, March 28; Monday, April 15; or Wednesday, April 29. Open to adults! All participants will receive a voucher for a free tree from McKay Nursery! Register Online:https://watertownwi.recdesk.com/community.
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Feb 19, 2019

Spring Primary Unofficial Results

Unofficial Results
Voter Turnout
Oustanding Provisional Ballots: 0
Feb 13, 2019

WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIR

There is a water main break at Clark Street.  The repair is scheduled to start Wednesday, 2/13/19 at 8:00 AM.  The water will be off on Clark Street from Randolph Street to Ninth Street.  This repair should be complete in approximately 4 to 6 hours. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
The water main break at 902 Clark Street is complete and the water is back on.

 

Feb 11, 2019

SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARED

The National Weather Service expects a winter storm to develop in our area from 9:00 p.m. on Monday night through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening.  Total snow accumulations of 3” to 6” are expected. 

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Feb 08, 2019

Preventing Frozen Pipes

With cold weather here, the Water Department is asking for your assistance in preventing frozen pipes.  Make sure all basement or crawl space windows and doors are closed, re-open heat vents in basements and crawl spaces and if water pipes are in a cabinet along an exterior wall, open the cabinet doors to avoid trapping cold air by the pipes.  For more helpful hints, please click here.
Feb 08, 2019

Press Release - Milford Street Closure from West Street to Bernard Street

Effective Immediately, the section of Milford Street from West Street continuing south approximately 250 feet towards Bernard Street will be closed indefinitely until such time as the City receives assurances that the private retaining wall abutting the east right-of-way of Milford Street is stable and it is safe to reopen the road. Whereas it is unfortunate that the private retaining wall remains unrepaired, the safety of Watertown’s residents is paramount. If you have any questions, please contact Jaynellen Holloway, City Engineer. Times to call are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 920-262-4050.

Jan 31, 2019

Press Release - Potential Flooding

The City of Watertown will see a warm up in the next few days with a forecast of rain after the record setting low temperatures.  This increase in temperature and additional rain, combined with the high water, frozen ground, and frozen water, may lead to potential flooding in backyards, low areas, and by the river.  The Watertown Street Department is working on removing snow and opening inlets for water to run.  Citizens are also asked to adopt an inlet by clearing the inlet free of ice and snow.  This will help reduce the chances of flooding.  Sandbags are available through the Street Department during business hours and after-hours.  Citizens are instructed to contact the Watertown Police Department on their non-emergency line at 261-6660 for sand bags.
Jan 30, 2019

Garbage & Recycling Routes

Garbage & Recycling Routes will be collected as normal Wednesday, January 30 - Friday, February 1.  Please have carts out the night before your pickup or by 6:00 a.m. the day of your pickup.
Jan 18, 2019

Press Release

Emergency Assistance Program grant applications are now available for damages sustained from August 17 to September 14, 2018 Storms. 
Click Here
Jan 17, 2019

Real Estate Tax Notice

The City Treasurer's Office reminds City taxpayers that 2018 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes are due and must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. in our office by Wednesday, February 7, 2019  This applies to taxpayers who wish to pay their taxes in full or choose the installment plan.

Tax payments may be mailed but must be received post marked on or before January 31st; or they may be placed in the silver/red night deposit box located in the brick wall to the left of the front doors of City Hall.
Oct 24, 2018

Street/Solid Waste/Park & Forestry Hours

Beginning today, October 24, 2018 the office hours for the Street/Solid Waste/Park & Forestry departments are Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Oct 19, 2018

Major Disaster Declaration FEMA - 4402-DR-Wisconsin

On October 18, 2018, Major Disaster Declaration 4402-DR was approved for the State of Wisconsin for Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding occurring August 17-September 14, 2018

This declaration provides individual assistance to eight counties in the State of Wisconsin. These counties are; Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon Counties.

The City of Watertown, which resides in Dodge and Jefferson County is not named as part of the area that is eligible for individual assistance. The City of Watertown has been collecting damage information since August 17, 2018 and worked with the Wisconsin Emergency Management in an attempt to determine if individual assistance would be authorized from the federal government.

This data collection lead  FEMA and Wisconsin Emergency Management to conduct a damage assessment of Watertown based on information received and conducted an on-site sample surveys of damaged properties in the City of Watertown on September 24, 2018.

Sep 24, 2018

Canadian Pacific to modify regulated track speed

Please click on the attached link to read how Canadian Pacific's infrastructure upgrades will modify the regulated track speed for trains in Watertown effective October 3, 2018:  Please click here to read more
Sep 11, 2018

2018 Flood Damage Assessment Flyer

2018 Flood Damage Assessment

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Sep 06, 2018

Press Release

Officials in Watertown continue to monitor the Rock River.  The rain on September 5, 2018 has changed the National Weather Service water level predictions from a "Minor Flood Stage" cresting on Friday, September 7, 2018 to going to a "Moderate Flood Stage" cresting on Monday, September 10, 2018.  Sandbags and sand are available to citizens at the Watertown Street Department located at 811 S. First Street, at the S. Second Street entrance.

Multiple resources designed to help residents with their recovery efforts are being posted online at www.readywisconsin.wi.gov.
Sep 05, 2018

Update to Disaster Declaration

The City of Watertown was notified today, 9/5/2018, that the tracking period for the disaster declaration for the State of Wisconsin has been changed from a start date of August 20, 2018 to August 17, 2018. This change in date allow private property owners in the city of Watertown affected by weather during the period of August 17, 2018 to September 3, 2018 to report flood and storm damage by calling 2-1-1 or 1-877-947-2211.

Officials in Watertown continue to monitor the Rock River. The National Weather Service predicts that the Rock River will crest Friday in a “Minor Flood Stage”. Sandbags and sand are available to citizens at the Watertown Street Department located at 811 S First St. at the 2nd Street entrance.

Homeowners and businesses with damages should save receipts and document damage by taking pictures. It is also important to check with your insurance agent. Multiple resources designed to help residents with their recovery efforts are being posted online at www.readywisconsin.wi.gov.

Sep 04, 2018

Press Release

Watertown Fire Department Gathering Damage Information & Sand Bags available. 

The Watertown Fire Department is in the process of gathering data related to the rain event which occured as a result of heavy rains on August 17, 2018.  If your home or business sustained damage as a result fo this storm, the Watertown Fire Department is asking for the following information:  Name, Address, Phone Number, Amount of Damage (short descriptoin & dollar amount), percentage covered by insurance, and whether this was a residence or business.  This information will be reported to Jefferson County Emergency Management, and also used by the Fire Department in planning for future disasters & emergencies.  Please contact the Watertown Fire Department by phone Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (920) 261-3610, or e-mail Chief Biefeld directly at kbiefeld@cityofwatertown.org.

The Rock River is predicted to rise to a moderate flood level by Friday of this week.  The City of Watertown has sandbags & sand available for residents.  These will be located at the City of Watertown Street Department located at 811 S. First Street, by the S. Second Street entrance. 



Aug 17, 2018

Flooding Clean up

Many area residents have encountered flooding in their homes and businesses due to the weather today.   Please note that this flood water can contain sewage.

Please click the link to view clean up tips from the EPA:

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-08/documents/flood_cleanup_and_the_air_in_your_home_booklet_0.pdf

Aug 17, 2018

Wastewater Facility Update

The City of Watertown Wastewater collection system experienced a sanitary sewer overflow/bypass starting at 10:00 am August 17, 2018 due to Hoffmann Drive being flooded, in addition to numerous  areas in the City of Watertown.  The cause of this overflow was due to an extreme rainfall event which inundated the City Storm Water system causing inflow and infiltration into the sanitary collection system.  Bypass pumping is currently underway inside the gate along Hoffmann Drive and discharging into the Rock River.  Please stay away from the river along the fenced in portion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant as the river conditions and the pumping actions may contribute to unsafe passage.  We expect the bypass pumping to stop around 7 pm if the water subsides.  There is significant dilution of the wastewater being bypassed around the influent lift station and samples of the river upstream and downstream were collected and will be analyzed over the weekend.