Council OKs marquee sign rules

October 4, 2018

The Watertown Common Council approved an ordinance that establishes guidelines for allowing marquee signs in the Central Business District with certain qualifications on its final readings during its meeting Tuesday at the Watertown Municipal Building.

Marquee signs will require a conditional use permit and can be erected only where they were originally located in the past. They must also be original in appearance and dimensions as documented in earlier photos. The signs can be put up only on buildings which previously had the same sign installed in the past but has since been removed.

″...We thought it be nice to allow the capability of property owners in the downtown that historically had a marquee as a property that had to have it removed or did remove at some point in time to allow them to again have a marquee,” Zoning Administrator Jacob Maas said.

Another ordinance the council approved on its final reading was changing the maximum height for fences from the current 36 inches to 48 inches. It will also include a provision that fences cannot be closer to the street than they are to the building on the lot.

A number of resolutions were approved by the common council. Two resolutions are for approving bids for asbestos removal for 209 and 211 Market St., the former Market Street Inn, and a building on 1112 West St. which will be transferred to Clasen Quality Chocolates.

Another resolution is to authorize a 2019 contract for EMS coverage for the village of Reeseville, which will cause the rate to go up by 2 percent.

The common council approved the 2019 Fire Protection and EMS Agreement for the townships of Watertown, Milford, Emmet and Shields. City officials discovered two years ago that the equalized value and tax rate the city of Watertown was charging the townships for fire protection was inadequate to cover the actual costs.

In 2019 the townships will pay $265,755.84, only half of the difference between the old rate and the true cost. The townships would pay the full cost in 2020.

A 2005 Ford Escape and a 2008 leaf blower were approved by the council to be sold on the Wisconsin Surplus Online Auction site.

The council also approved authorizing a block of time with Digicorp which handles the city’s information technology needs. The city uses hours in the blocks every time employees need IT expertise.

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