City of Watertown

The Watertown City Council met in regular session Monday  night.  At the beginning on the meeting Mayor Sarah Caron recognized that the City of Watertown had lost two great men recently, John Calvin and Dale Jones.

The mayor asked for a moment of silence before continuing on with the regular meeting.

The council unanimously approved an authorization for the mayor to sign a memorandum of understanding with Codington County, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System and the Watertown Area United Way for the funding of 211 Services in Codington County.  United Way Executive Director Lisa Dahl and County Commissioner Brenda Hanten spoke to the council about the partnership.  Dahl explained the 211 services….

Mayor Sarah Caron says that having the 211 services available to the public will also take pressure off the 911 call center. 

Brenda Hanten said they hope to be able to roll out the service in February….

The original cost of the 211 service would have been just over $26,000. That amount is determined on the population of each county.   Because of a 50% state match, that dollar amount was cut in half. Then once again split between the United Way, Prairie Lakes Healthcare, City of Watertown and Codington County. That results in a cost of $3,279.75 to each entity.