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1958      Armory Site Proposed for New City Hall

01 16       The site of the old Armory building, now the Recreation Building, in Main Street between North Seventh and North Eighth Street, has been proposed as the most logical location for a new City Hall for Watertown.  The recommendation has been proposed by the architects, Durrant and Bergquist of Boscobel, Wis., and Dubuque, Ia., who some months ago were delegated by the City Council to study the matter of a solution to the present overcrowded and largely outmoded City Hall

 

1959      Armory Site, Old Webster School, Proposed for New City Hall

09 02       Two sites are under consideration and available for the construction of Watertown's long-discussed and proposed new city hall—when and if the city council at last goes ahead and decides to build.  That was announced last night following the regular meeting of the council when City Manager C. C. Congdon presented to the councilmen the first “layout” for the building.  As yet the council has not authorized a new city hall and it is still in the planning stage.  The information presented by the manager merely reflects the various department spaces and facilities that have thus far been proposed for the new building.  The two sites which have been made available are the old Armory location in Main Street, now utilized as the city recreational building, and the old Webster School site in Western Avenue.  Plans for a new city hall, which have been discussed for years, reached a point more than a year ago when two miniature models of such a structure were prepared and studied by the council.

 

1961

01 05       $400,000 BOND ISSUE FOR NEW CITY HALL

Plans for a $400,000 bond issue to finance the proposed new fire and police department building moved ahead another step last night when the city council approved the initial resolution for the bonds. The vote was 6 to 0, with Councilman Floyd Shaefer being absent. Acting City Manager Glenn R. Ferry said after the meeting that Mr. Shaefer’s absence was due to a funeral out of town. The vote on the initial resolution, sponsored by Councilman George Shephard, came without a word of discussion or debate.   WDT

 

1962

02 02       MEMORIAL PARK SITE FOR NEW CITY HALL

By a vote of 12 to 2 and with no debate whatever, the common council last night approved Memorial Park as a site for Watertown’s proposed new city hall, which is to include both fire and police department headquarters.  Last night’s approval had been foreshadowed on Monday when the aldermen held their committee meeting and at which only two aldermen — Erich E. Nuernberg and Kenneth Wilkes — indicated they would oppose the plan.  They cast the only two negative votes on the resolution last night, a resolution which was introduced by Alderman William Wiegand, the council’s president.   WDT

 

05 02       ARCHITECT WILLIAM HORNE

The common council at its committee meeting decided that it will vote on a resolution to approve authorization of a contract with the Madison architect, William Horne, relative to his plans for a new city hall in Memorial Park.  The council was told by Mayor Robert P. White that the city hall cost is placed at $495,000 approximately, and that the plans should be in by June 1.

 

08 28       COST OF NEW MUNICIPAL BUILDING

The new proposed municipal building, to be erected on Memorial Park, and which will cost the city close to $600,000 if basement quarters are included in the project, will be erected at no increase in the city tax rate, Mayor Robert P. White asserted last night at a special meeting of the common council.  White gave the assurance of no increase in taxes during a discussion of the building project financing.  He also reported that there now is an excellent chance of obtaining federal funds so that Civil Defense facilities can be included in the structure.    WDT

 

1963

04 12       CONTRACTS AND FINANCING FOR NEW CITY HALL

The common council by unanimous vote last night gave the go ahead signal for a project which has been kicked around here for several years, including not only by the present council but during the previous one.  It approved contracts and financing for a new city hall which will be located in Memorial Park.  The meeting last night had been set for the specific purpose of taking final action on the proposal and as expected, the council decided to approve the project, since practically all arguments for and against it had long ago been exhausted.   WDT

 

1964

04 08       CITY’S HONOR ROLL

The request from the Watertown Veterans Council that the city’s honor roll be placed somewhere in the new Watertown Municipal Building or city hall now nearing completion in Memorial Park is being considered and will in all probability be carried out.  The veteran’s council has also requested that the name of the present City Park, between South Third and South Fourth Streets, be changed to Veterans Memorial Park and this is also to receive serious study in the next few weeks.   WDT

 

06 09       CIVIL DEFENSE CENTER in City Hall

Wisconsin’s Civil Defense organization for the 17-county area in which Watertown serves as the center was put on its first major test alert Saturday, drawing some 200 persons, both from the city and the area.  Headquarters for the area, which have been established in the basement quarters of the new Watertown Municipal building, were utilized in what was the first large scale operation.  State Civil Defense leaders, including Owen Monfils, Green Bay, said the Watertown installation is the finest they have seen anywhere in the state.  One called it “the best by far.”   WDT

 

07 07       Park Superintendent E. E. Brumm and workers in the park department will have charge of maintaining the grounds of the new Watertown Municipal Building.  This will involve taking care of the shrubbery, cutting the grass, snow removal in the wintertime and such other outdoor maintenance work required to keep the former Memorial Park area in proper condition and in good appearance.  It was pointed out that the department had charge of the area when it was known as Memorial Park and that the construction of the new municipal building should make no change in its maintenance.  It was also pointed out that the actual maintenance area is now greatly reduced, because of the building which occupies the major share of the former park.    WDT

 

08 26       Work was begun this morning on moving city departments into the new Watertown Municipal Building in Memorial Park.  Several delays resulted in the city being unable to occupy the building at the time originally set, but moving is now underway.  The mayor said that at a meeting of the special building committee held this morning a letter from William Horne, the architect, stated that the building was “substantially complete” and was discussed.    WDT

 

1965

02 04       NEW MUNICIPAL BUILDING DEDICATION

Watertown’s new municipal building stands today as a memorial to the city’s veterans and its war dead and a monument to municipal government that will continue to serve the city for years to come.  The building was dedicated Saturday afternoon, seven months behind schedule and five months after it was first occupied.  Gov. Warren P. Knowles came from Madison to deliver the principal address.  WDT

 

08 12       REPAIRS AND REPLACEMENTS OF NEW MUNICIPAL BUILDING

Work on repairs and replacements at the recently constructed Watertown Municipal Building is continuing.  It has turned into a major repair job.  Deep trenches had to be dug with earth moving equipment to correct ground settling.  Areas around the main entrance of the building are being filled with sand after which concrete work will be re-done and repairs made to entrances damaged by the removal of old construction.  Masche, Inc., of Lake Mills was awarded the contract to make the repairs.  Still to be done is the vast area in front of the fire department section of the building.   WDT

 

1967

INSTALLATION OF MONUMENT HONORING VETERANS

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03 30       CIVIL DEFENSE CENTER MOVED TO WAUKESHA

The last Civil Defense office, still occupying space in the Watertown Municipal Building, will be moved out along about next November and will be relocated in new headquarters being established at Waukesha.   Originally the Civil Defense Administration was paying $100 per month to the city for its quarters here.  Now it is paying $70.  It was disclosed that the emergency equipment housed here will remain on a local basis.

 

1988

07 18       The Watertown Common Council took a step to alleviate overcrowding in city hall Tuesday by endorsing the purchase of two properties on South First Street.  The council voted, 11-1, to offer $87,500 for buildings and land owned by Brandt Inc. at 507 and 515 S. First St.   WDT

 

1990

05 19       SPACE NEEDS AT MUNICIPAL BUILDING

The Watertown Common Council decided to hire an outside firm to take a look at space needs at the Watertown Municipal Building.  The council voted, 11-1, to hire Foth & Van Dyke of Madison for an amount not to exceed $6,790.  The engineering/architectural firm will review current and future needs of city departments and make recommendations on how to provide for those needs.  Alderman Norman Bartel, who is chairman of the public welfare and buildings and grounds committee, said the study should help the city plan for building needs for 20 years.  He noted that Watertown has experienced substantial development in recent years.  WDT

 

1999

03 21       Recommended a cap of $5 million on a new police facility and renovations to the municipal building    WDT

 

2000

02 11       SPACE NEEDS, Municipal Building

A new concept for solving the city's space needs at the Watertown Municipal Building was proposed by Mayor Fred Smith at Tuesday evening's meeting of the public works committee of the Watertown Common Council.  Smith suggested the city purchase Tom's United Foods, located at 100 E. Cady St., renovate it and use it as offices for the city's administrative departments.  He said he would only pursue the plan with the support of the “full (common) council.”  Smith suggested that if the food store, located across the street from the municipal building, could be purchased for an acceptable price, it could be renovated for municipal offices.  That would leave the existing municipal building for police and fire needs.   WDT

 

2001

03 21       PROPOSED MUNICIPAL BUILDING ADDITION AND RENOVATION

Information on the proposed $4.3 million municipal building addition and renovation, which will appear on the April 3 election ballot as a referendum, will be available for the public to review at an open house at 6 p.m. Tuesday.  The open house meeting will take place in Room 69 of the municipal building.  City officials and a city-hired architect, Thom Miron, of Stubenrauch Architects, Inc., will be present at the meeting.  Miron designed the proposal. Residents can view displays of the proposal, as well as study its square footage and cost breakdown.   WDT

 

2002

CITY HALL EXPANSION AND RENOVATION / Watertown Municipal Building

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