Watertown Street Department looking for larger, more efficient home (Audio)

Mike Tanner/KWAT

July 22, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–The city of Watertown’s Street Department has been working out of the same buildings since 1956, and Street Superintendent Rob Beynon says the time has come for a change.

He told the city council recently that he’s run out of room to store equipment, sand and salt at their current facility at Arrow Avenue and 8th Street Northeast near Watertown High School………

Beynon says the current headquarters are most-inefficient during the snowplowing season, because several of the buildings are not heated or insulated, meaning big, expensive equipment sits in freezing temperatures….

The current street department headquarters sits on five acres. City Manager Amanda Mack tells KWAT News they’d like to find 10-15 acres for a new facility, and they’ve got money earmarked for it…

Beynon says once a site is chosen, they could bid the project out next spring, and start construction next summer.

Hear Beynon’s full report to the city council by clicking the link below: