Playgrounds and tot-lots will reopen this week, along with basketball courts and other Recreation facilities. Also this week, the Town Council will hold budget hearings, and traffic around Hosmer School during construction is on the Traffic Commission’s agenda.
Town Manager Michael Driscoll announced that more Recreational facilities will reopen after being closed to the public during the COVID-19 shutdown.
On Wednesday, June 24th, playgrounds and tot lots, basketball courts, and picnic tables and grills (by permit only) will reopen.
“These facilities are open for passive, non-contact use. No congregating, group activities or game playing is allowed. Violations of the social distancing standards (no more than 10 people, staying 6 feet apart from others) may result in the field, park or track being closed,” Driscoll announced in his COVID-19 Update.
In previous weeks, the following Recreation facilities reopened: parks, fields, the Victory Field Oval, tennis courts, dog parks and the Community Gardens.
On Monday, June 22, Town Hall will reopen to the public by appointment only. People must wear a face covering while in the building and must remain at least 6 feet apart from employees or other visitors.
The Watertown Library and Senior Center remain closed.
See the entire Town Manager’s COVID-19 Update for June 19 by clicking here.
Town Budget Meetings
The Town Council will hold a pair of budget meetings this week, both of which will be conducted online. On Tuesday, June 23 at 6 p.m., Driscoll will present more details of the budget, which he first presented last week.
On Wednesday, June 24 at 6 p.m., the Town Council will host a meeting where Councilors will be able to ask questions to department heads about their budgets.
There are a number of ways to watch and participate the two meetings:
- The meetings will be televised on Watertown Cable ( online at wcatv.org/government-channel/ or on Comcast Channel 99 or RCN Channel 13).
- The public can join the virtual meetings online via Zoom at: https://watertown-ma.zoom.us/j/92991331344. By Telephone audio only at (877) 853-5257 or (888) 475-4499 (Toll Free) and enter Meeting ID: 929 9133 1344 #.
- Comments can be sent by email prior to or during the meeting by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Following Tuesday’s budget hearing, at 7 p.m., the Council will hold a regular meeting. Click here to see the agenda and find out how to participate.
A public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget will be held Monday, June 29 at 6 p.m., when the Town Council is expected to vote on the budget. (Details of how to participate have not been announced).
Hosmer Traffic Meeting
On June 24 at 1:30 p.m., the Watertown Traffic Commission will be hearing a request from the Watertown Public Schools to change the pickup and drop off of students around Hosmer Elementary School to accommodate the construction at the school.
The meeting will be held online. Here is information about joining the meeting:
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