Blast From the Past: 1963 Watertown City Council Meeting


This week's "Blast From the Past" is from the fall of 1963 and the Watertown City Council was holding its regular meeting to discuss issues of importance.

The meeting, which was being broadcast on television, opened with the Lord's Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.  

Mayor William Lachenauer was presiding.

In attendance: council members Don Taylor; Ted Rand; Charlie Hayes, and David Marshall. 

Also there were City Manager Ron Forbes and Corporation Counsel Ken Brett.

The meeting was underway in the old City Hall on Court Street.

So what where the hot topics of discussion? 

According to the minutes, council members authorized $225,000 in bonds to purchase land for a new municipal building.

They hired four parking lot attendants for the Public Square lot at a cost $7,600.

Council also discussed whether a traffic light should be placed where Franklin and Academy streets meet. 

Nearly 50 years ago the city of Watertown and Jefferson County were talking cooperation.

But that's all it was - talk - even back then. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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