Council OKs other projects

December 6, 2018 GMT

The Watertown Common Council approved one ordinance on its first reading during its meeting Tuesday regarding the adoption of the planned unit development, general development plan and precise implementation plan, allowing Rock River Gymnastics to move into a building at 426 S. Montgomery St.

“I’m really happy to see this business getting a place to relocate,” Alderman Rick Tortomasi said. “They’ve been forced out of two different places, from circumstances that they had nothing to do with, and it’s good to see that they’re re-establishing their business and we got a good place for them.”


Rock River Gymnastics is moving to this facility, shared with Building Products Inc., after issues with flooding at its original location on Wakoka Street.

A number of resolutions were approved by the common council.

One resolution will terminate five contracts with Utility Services Company and to obtain bids for water tank maintenance.

The Watertown Public Works Commission reported during its last meeting that these contracts cost the city’s water department over $100,000 a year. These contracts with Utility Services Company were not competitively bid at the time of their inception back in 2000 and 2002.

$1.7 million had already been spent on this maintenance, according to the minutes of the Public Works Commission.

Another resolution approved is a contract with MSA Engineering Firm for ground water and landfill gas monitoring and plan modification of old landfill site on Boomer Street for $42,375.

The common council also approved the purchase of a second Double Tree, wind sail structure shelter for the Watertown Aquatic Center for $8,977.55.

Three resolutions on the agenda honored the retirements of Danny Bratz, Howard Gutzdorf and Jack Moore.

Mayor John David read each of their resolutions, wishing them “many happy and rewarding years of retirement” and presented them with a plaque. Each one made a brief speech on how they enjoyed their jobs.

“It’s been a great ride,” Gutzdorf said. “There have been a lot of ups and downs, but mostly a lot of ups.”