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Engineering

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Posted on: July 21, 2016

Pavement Conditions Undergoing Evaluation

The City of Watertown is working on a Pavement Management Study with the South Dakota Department of Transportation which will involve a special vehicle driving every paved city street to collect detailed information. IMS Infrastructure Management Services...Read on...

Posted on: June 9, 2016

Highway 81 Closure Moves to New Phase

See below News Release from SDDOT regarding the Highway 81 Project

SDDOT News Release 4-25-16
Posted on: April 8, 2016

Update on Highway 81 Construction

Reede Construction, Inc., a contractor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will be closing Highway 81 between 3rd Ave. N. and 4th Ave. N. in Watertown on Monday, April 11, depending on weather. A signed detour route will be provided along t...Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2016

US Highway 81 Set To Close At Watertown

See attached South Dakota Department of Transportation News Release

SDDOT News Release 3-14-16
Posted on: July 21, 2015

Roundabout Update and Basics for Navigation

Paving of Watertown’s roundabout is expected to be complete and open to traffic by the weekend of July 25-26, 2015. Since driving through a roundabout is different from driving through a standard intersection, the public is asked to remember a few simple...Read on...

Roundabout Diagram

Fire Department

33 Stories
Posted on: July 12, 2016

Tractor Fire North of Watertown

Engine 2 and Tender 1 were dispatched to 16335 457th Ave for tractor on fire. The tractor and surrounding hay was extinguished. The incident occurred in the farmyard no outbuilding were damaged.

Posted on: July 11, 2016

Engine 3 responds to two vehicle accident

Engine 3 responded to a two vehicle accident at 6th St / 4th Ave SE. Upon arrival there were no fluids released, and no patients were transported.

Posted on: July 7, 2016

WFR responds to a trash can fire

WFR was called to the alley behind 511 6 St NE for a dumpster fire. Upon arrival crews found a trash can that had burnt up and the trash was still on fire. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and the only damage was the loss of the trash can. The cause wa...Read on...

Posted on: July 6, 2016

Engine 3 responds to two vehicle accident

Engine 3, Medic 3 and 4 responded to a two vehicle accident at 9th Ave / 5th St SE. Two patients were transported to PLH, and clean up of large debris field.

Posted on: July 5, 2016

WFR responds to multiple fire calls on July 4th

WFR crews were called to mulitple fire throughout the 4th of July holiday. At 7:54pm crews responded to a small grass fire on 19th St and Arrow Avenue, witnesses found a small grass fire that was contained and burning in a open lot. At 10:15 pm crews were...Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2016

WFR Responds to a grass fire in a shelter belt

WFR Wildland Units Brush 2, Brush 3 and Tender 1 responded to a reported small grass fire early Saturday morning. Arriving units found a slow moving grass fire in a shelter belt in a rural Watertown farmstead. The fire burned less than one acre but ther...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2016

WFR Responds to two grass fires

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to two small grass fires in the county south east of Watertown on Wednesday night. Crews were dispatched to the area of 458th Ave and 176th St for a report of a small grass fire. Crews extinguished the fire. While units ...Read on...

Posted on: June 29, 2016

WFR Responds to a car fire

WFR units responded to a car fire near 17th Ave SW of Watertown. Upon arrival crews found a car that was heavyily involved in fire in the trunk and rear passenger seat area. Crews quickly extinguished the car and prevented the fire from spreading into t...Read on...

Posted on: June 28, 2016

Motor vehicle runs in to Wheel Inn Restaurant

Watertown Fire Rescue was called to the Wheel Inn for a vehicle that hit the restaurant Monday afternoon. The accident occurred at 1:00 pm. The initial call was for two customers inside the restaurant that had been hit by a car and needed medical attent...Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2016

Fire in landscaping

Early Saturday morning fire crews responded to a 911 call for a fire pit in a yard that started mulch and a trees on fire. Brush units arrived to find the home owner had knocked down the flames with a garden hose. Home owner reports that they had enjoyed ...Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2016

WFR Responds to Multi-car Accident

WFR responded to a three car collision at the intersection of 4th St and 3rd Ave NE on June 24, 2016. The incident occurred around the time of 09:30 am. No injuries were reported during the time of the incident. Two vehicles were leaking fluids onto th...Read on...

Posted on: June 21, 2016

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to MVC

At 09:34 am on June 21, 2016, WFR responded to the intersection of 4th St and 2nd Ave SW for a two vehicle collision. No injuries were reported. Antifreeze leaking from one of the involved vehicles was cleaned up from the roadway. The driver of one of ...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2016

Wtn. Fire Department responds to grass fire.

Watertown Fire Department responded with Brush 1, Brush 3 and Tender 1 to the field at the intersection of 17th St SE and 20th Ave SE for a small grass fire (approx 1/2 acre per owner).It believed to have started from the tractor mower hitting a rock in t...Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2016

E3 responds to Utility pole fire

E3 responded to a fire in the alley at 224 9th St NW. Utility crews arrived, cut power, extinguished the fire at the top of the pole, and began repairs on the pole.

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to motorcycle accident....

At approximately 5:05 pm Wednesday afternoon Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a motorcycle vs road sign collision....The accident occurred about 8 miles north of Watertown on a County Road. The rider was on a motocross type of a motorcycle, riding in t...Read on...

Posted on: April 15, 2016

Storm warning siren system testing

Storm warning siren system testing to begin Friday April 22, 2016, the City of Watertown will once again begin weekly testing of the storm warning siren system.

The siren warning tests will run every Friday from April 22, 2016 through September 23, 20...Read on...

Posted on: April 13, 2016

WFR Responds to a Two Vehicle Collision

Watertown Fire Rescue was dispatched to a two vehicle collision at 3:03 pm on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016. The incident took place near the intersection of 10th St and 1st Ave SW. One person was transported by ambulance to the local hospital. Watertown...Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2016

WFR Responds to Mobile Home Fire

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a mobile home fire Sunday evening in the south west part of Watertown. Upon arrival, crews found a deck attached to the home was on fire. Crews were able to extinguish the fire prior to it spreading to the home. Some ...Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2016

WFR Responds to MVC at Cenex on Hwy 212

WFR Responded to a pickup vs steel beam at the Cenex on Hwy 212 Wednesday evening. The accident was called in to WFR at approximately 5:30 pm. Upon arrival, the front of a pickup truck was found wrapped around a support beam under the gas pump canopy. ...Read on...

Posted on: February 4, 2016

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to fire alarm

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to 908 Arrow Ave at 12:22 PM for a fire alarm. On scene fire department personnel found light smoke throughout the apartment complex but no fire. The smoke was a cause of burnt food in a microwave. WFR personnel used fan...Read on...

Posted on: January 15, 2016

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to motorhome fire at Stone's Truck Stop

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to Stone's Truck Stop for a motorhome fire Friday at 2:09PM. Upon arrival, fire crews found a 1996 23' motorhome parked to the northeast of Stone's Truck Stop in the parking lot, no flames were visible but light smoke was ...Read on...

Posted on: January 14, 2016

CO2 detector alert Home Owners

WFR was called to 46237 US HWY 212 on Jan 14th, 2016 @ 02:06 AM for a Carbon Monoxide detector that had been sounding for over two hours. Occupants had replaced the batteries with no change. Upon arrival - once entering the dwelling, WFR fire fighters 4 g...Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2015

WFR Responds to Automobile Accident

WFR responded to 5th ave and 4th St NE for a two vehicle collision. A car collided with a SUV at the intersection causing one vehicle to leak fluids onto the roadway. Engine 3 cleaned up the fluid spill. No injuries were reported. Read on...

Posted on: December 10, 2015

WFR responds to CO detector

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a CO (Carbon Monoxide) detector alarm at a residence early Thursday am. Upon arrival, WFR 4 gas monitors did not detect any abnormal amounts of CO. WFR would like to remind residents to replace your in home CO detector...Read on...

Posted on: December 5, 2015

WFR responds to single vehicle rollover - fatality

WFR Received a 911 tone for a single vehicle rollover at the intersection of Interstate 29 and the south bound ramp of HWY 212. Medic 3 and Eng. 3 dispatched. While enroute - - WPD reports three (3 ) occupants. One (1) person trapped in the vehicle; one...Read on...

Posted on: November 23, 2015

Watertown Fire Rescue Responds to 2 Vehicle Accident

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a 2 vehicle non injury accident at the intersection of 9th Avenue and 2nd St. NW. Upon arrival on scene WFR personal found a Mini van that was traveling east on 9th avenue, struck a mid-size car that was traveling south ...Read on...

Posted on: November 17, 2015

WFR responds to vehicle that hits pole

WFR responded to a single vehicle that veered off Highway 212 and struck a metal pole and sign. Driver checked out by medical staff and refused treatment and transportation. Pole with sign was sheered from its base.

Posted on: November 10, 2015

WFR responds to cement truck rollover

WFR responded to cement truck rollover in front of Dakota Bodies on 20th Ave SE. The driver of the truck was transported to Prairie Lakes Hospital by WFR. Engine oil was leaking on road surface and wet cement was spilled out back of truck into ditch. T...Read on...

Posted on: November 8, 2015

WFR resopnds to 2 vehicle accident.

WFR was called to intersection of S. Maple and 1st Ave SE for a 2 vehicle accident with injuries. Assisted medical crew and cleaned up leak from radiator.

Posted on: November 6, 2015

Watertown Fire Rescue Responds to Semi fire

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to the report of a semi fire pulling a fully loaded grain trailer of corn, in the area of 177th St and 465th avenue. Upon arrival on scene fire crew found a 1991 Freight Liner cab over semi with light smoke coming from unde...Read on...

Posted on: October 12, 2015

WFR responds to Shed Fire

WFR responded to a shed fire. Upon arrival, shed was fully ingulfed and fire was being spread by very high winds to adjacent property and structures. Fire was contained to property of orgin. Shed and contents were a total loss. Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2015

Watertown Fire Rescue Responds to Motor Vehicle Collision

Saturday Afternoon WFR responds to a 911 call for a Car verses Motorcycle Motor Vehicle Collision, Medic 4 and Engine 3 respond. Engine 3 arrives on scene. Engine Crew assists Med 4 with patient care. Engine Three returns to station. No Fire, No Hazmat.

Posted on: September 18, 2015

Watertown Fire Rescue Responded to a Vehicle Accident

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a 2 vehicle non-injury accident at the intersection of South Broadway and 4th Ave. Debris from the accident was swept off the intersection by WFR personnel. A small amount of antifreeze was also cleaned up. Read on...


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Posted on: July 21, 2016

Pavement Conditions Undergoing Evaluation

The City of Watertown is working on a Pavement Management Study with the South Dakota Department of Transportation which will involve a special vehicle driving every paved city street to collect detailed information.

IMS Infrastructure Management Services, LLC of Tempe, AZ has been hired to complete the study, and they will use the data they collect to put together a report including recommendations for prioritizing road maintenance activities.

There should be n...Read on...

Posted on: July 12, 2016

Crack Seal Program

The Watertown Street Department will begin this year’s street crack seal program on Tuesday, July 12th in various locations around town and on Part of North Lake Drive.

The work will involve routing the cracks and applying a sealer to them. Residences and businesses will remain accessible most of the time. As with any road construction project, motorists should exercise caution, observing all traffic control devices in...Read on...

Posted on: June 29, 2016

One Book South Dakota - Watertown Regional Library

Jane Smiley's "Some Luck" was chosen as the 2016 One Book South Dakota state-wide read.

The discussion will be held August 8th at 7:00 p.m. with Gary Westgard as our guest moderator.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

Posted on: June 29, 2016

South Dakota Share-It through Watertown Regional Library

Beginning July 1st, Watertown Regional Library will be using the South Dakota Share-It program to request interlibrary loans. Patrons will be able to search the catalogs of participating South Dakota libraries to find books.

The "Interlibrary Loan" link in our catalog will also redirect you to the new South Dakota Share-It catalog.

Posted on: June 28, 2016

Motor Vehicle Runs in to Wheel Inn Restaurant

Watertown Fire Rescue was called to the Wheel Inn for a vehicle that hit the restaurant Monday afternoon.

The accident occurred at 1:00 pm. The initial call was for two customers inside the restaurant that had been hit by a car and needed medical attention.

Upon arrival, it was determined a vehicle had made contact with the outside of the building at a ...Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2016

New 4-Way Stop

On Monday, June 27th, the Watertown Street Department will be installing Stop Signs at the intersection of 3rd Street West and 4th Avenue South, making this intersection a permanent 4-Way Stop.

Please exercise caution when approaching this location.

If you have any questions, please contact the Watertown Street Department at 882-6207.

Posted on: June 9, 2016

Highway 81 Closure Moves to New Phase

See below News Release from SDDOT regarding the Highway 81 Project

SDDOT News Release 4-25-16
Posted on: June 9, 2016

Coffee & Coloring

June 2, 6:30 p.m.to 8:00 p.m. at the Watertown Regional Library Community Room.

Calling all colorists! Join us every Thursday for a relaxing evening of adult coloring. Use our supplies or bring your own. Drop in any time between 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Posted on: April 15, 2016

Storm Warning Siren System Testing

Storm warning siren system testing to begin Friday April 22, 2016

The City of Watertown will once again begin weekly testing of the storm warning siren system.

The siren warning tests will run every Friday from April 22, 2016 through September 23, 2016 at 12:00 noon to approximately 12:05 pm..Read on...

Posted on: April 15, 2016

Temporary Sump Pump Variance - Ended

The temporary variance period for sump pumps to discharge clear water to the sanitary sewer ended April 15th.

The temporary variance period for sump pumps to discharge clear water to the sanitary sewer ended April 15th. Sump pump water must be directed to your yard or another acceptable location and not to the sanitary sewer.

Removing sump pump water from the...Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2016

Update on Highway 81 Construction

Reede Construction, Inc., a contractor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will be closing Highway 81 between 3rd Ave. N. and 4th Ave. N. in Watertown on Monday, April 11, depending on weather.

A signed detour route will be provided along the west side of Highway 81 for local traffic only, truck traffic is advised to take an alternate route. This closure is part of Phase 1A and expected to take 21 days to complete.

Reconstruction work to acc...Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2016

US Highway 81 Set To Close At Watertown

See attached South Dakota Department of Transportation News Release

SDDOT News Release 3-14-16

Police Department

2 Stories
Posted on: June 24, 2016

New 4-Way Stop

On Monday, June 27th, the Watertown Street Department will be installing Stop Signs at the intersection of 3rd Street West and 4th Avenue South, making this intersection a permanent 4-Way Stop. Please exercise caution when approaching this location. If ...Read on...

Posted on: June 7, 2016

Transient Vendors

Transient Vendors

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Contact: Jonathan Harms, Communications Director, 605-773-3311

Transient Vendor Season in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D., -- Many transient vendors have begun selling products and services in South Dakota. ...Read on...


Street Department

2 Stories
Posted on: July 12, 2016

Crack Seal Program

The work will involve routing the cracks and applying a sealer to them. Residences and businesses will remain accessible most of the time. As with any road construction project, motorists should exercise caution, observing all traffic control devices in...Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2016

New 4-Way Stop

Please exercise caution when approaching this location.

If you have any questions, please contact the Watertown Street Department at 882-6207.


Wastewater

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Posted on: April 15, 2016

Temporary Sump Pump Variance - Ended

The temporary variance period for sump pumps to discharge clear water to the sanitary sewer ended April 15th. Sump pump water must be directed to your yard or another acceptable location and not to the sanitary sewer.

Removing sump pump water from the...Read on...


Watertown Regional Library

3 Stories
Posted on: June 29, 2016

South Dakota Share-It - Watertown Regional Library

Beginning July 1st, Watertown Regional Library will be using the South Dakota Share-It program to request interlibrary loans. Patrons will be able to search the catalogs of participating South Dakota libraries to find books. The "Interlibrary Loan" link i...Read on...

Posted on: May 24, 2016

Coffee & Coloring - Every Thursday @ Watertown Regional Library Community Room

Calling all colorists! Join us every Thursday for a relaxing evening of adult coloring. Use our supplies or bring your own. Drop in any time between 6:30-8:00.

Posted on: June 29, 2016

One Book South Dakota - Watertown Regional Library

Jane Smiley's "Some Luck" was chosen as the 2016 One Book South Dakota state-wide read. The discussion will be held August 8th at 7pm with Gary Westgard as our guest moderator.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.