New Resident Welcome
WELCOME TO WATKINS

As new residents, you may have some questions about our community.  Please use this as a reference to the many things Watkins has to offer.

CITY SERVICES and OTHER UTILITIES

CITY HALL
City Hall is located at 111 Central Avenue South.  Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Phone Number: 320-764-6400.  Fax Number: 320-764-6401.  Mailing address is P.O. Box 306, Watkins, MN 55389.  Please visit our website at www.cityofwatkins.com for more information and Points of Interest in our City.  E-mail address: info@cityofwatkins.com.

 
LAND USE PERMITS
Land Use Permits are required for almost all construction.  This includes new homes, garages, additions, decks, sheds and fences.  Please contact City Hall before any construction is begun for the required permit application and for payment of fees.
 
  •    Fences, decks, non-permanent sheds                                                     $12.00
  •    Secured (on slab) storage units                                                             $18.00
  •    Additions, porches, patios (attached to structure)                                     $24.00
  •    Garages, structures moved in with approval, other not attached                 $30.00
  •    New residential construction                                                                 $36.00
  •    New commercial construction                                                               $60.00
Land Use Permits are not required for siding, roofing or window replacement.

WATER AND SEWER SERVICE
The City will bill you for water and sewer usage every month. All water meters are digitally read by the Maintenance Department.  Your bill is calculated from the number of gallons of water used.  There is a Drop Box available at City Hall for payment of Water & Sewer bills.


ELECTRICITY
Electric service is provided by either XCel Energy (1-800-895-4999) or Meeker Cooperative (1-800--232-6257 or 1-320-693-3231) depending on where you live in the City.

NATURAL GAS
Natural gas service is provided by CenterPoint Energy (1-800-245-2377)

TELEPHONE  & CABLE TELEVISION
Arvig is the local telephone company (764-7600).  They also offer internet service and digital cable TV through the phone line.  
GARBAGE/RECYCLING SERVICES
The City is served by two companies, Veolia Environmental Services (320-251-8919) on Tuesday or West Central Sanitation (1-800-246-7630) on Wednesday. You may contact either provider for service.
A & A RECYCLING
A & A Recycling has provided a container free of charge to residents of Watkins City to dispose of their larger recyclable products. Some of the acceptable items are: appliances - non-freon - dishwashers, dryers, washers, microwaves, garbage disposals, water heaters, stoves, water softeners. Appliances - freon - air conditioners, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, freezers, refrigerators, water coolers. Electronics - computer CPU (tower), computer keyboards & mouse, printers, copiers, stereos, VCRs, DVD players.

Absolutely NO: T.V.'s, computer monitors, tires, mattresses, hazardous waste or garbage.

Please contact City Hall at 764-6400 for an appointment time for drop off of your recyclables.

GRASS CLIPPINGS AND YARD WASTE
Grass clippings and yard waste pick up is provided by the City on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from mid-May until mid-November, weather permitting.  (These dates may be subject to change.)  The following rules apply:

                All vegetation materals must be placed curb side by 7:00 a.m.
                Grass clippings and leaves must be in bags weighing no more than 30 pounds.
                Brush, sticks, and small branches must be tied in bundles of no longer than four (4) feet long and must not weigh more than 30 pounds.
                No logs or branches larger than six (6) inches in diameter will be accepted.
                No boxes of materials will be accepted.

This is a free service offered to the citizens of Watkins.  Bruch materials not complying with the above rules will not be picked up.  If you have a large quantity of brush or branches to be picked up, prior arrnagements must be made with the City and a rate of $65.00 per hour for truck and equipment use will apply.  If you wish to haul your own brush material, arrangements must be made with City Hall at least one day in advance.

WINTER PARKING AND SNOW REMOVAL
Parking is not allowed on any City street after 1 inch or more snowfall, until the streets have been plowed to their full width.  No parking is allowed on Central Avenue (Main Street) in the downtown business district from November 1 through April 1, during the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.  For any of these violations, there is a $25.00 fine for the first offense, $50.00 for the second offense and $100.00 for every offense thereafter.  If you have overnight company, make sure they are aware of the parking restrictions.  We also remind you not to push, plow, or otherwise deposit snow on any street or alley.

PETS AND LICENSES
Pets are not allowed to roam free.  If your pet is running free and is picked up by one of our animal control officers, a $25.00 impound fee, plus a $5.00 per day boarding fee will be charged before your animal will be returned.

 

All pets require a license.  Any dog or cat over six months old needs to have a license.  Licenses may be purchased at City Hall fro $5.00 per year with proof of current vaccinations for rabies and distemper.  Pet license renewed annualy on August 1st.

 

When walking your dog, you are responsible to pick up any droppings left behind.  A fine of $10.00 will be enforced if you are caught not picking up after your dog.

SWIMMING POOL
The City operates a Junior Olympic sized heated outdoor public swimming pool during the summer months.  Lifeguards are on duty during swimming lessons and open pool hours.  Concessions are awailable.  Swimming lessons are taught in the morning and early afternoon hours.  Sign up for swimming lessons is in the spring and coincides with the Summer Recreation Program registration.  Watch the Tri-County News for details and times or visit our website at Recreation - Swimming Pool.
  
OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER
The Tri-County Newspaper is the official newspaper of the City of Watkins.  All official notices are published in this newspaper.  Subscriptions are available at the Tri-County Newspaper office in Kimball or single copies may be purchased from local retailers.
 

SCHOOL SYSTEM
Watkins is located in the Eden Valley-Watkins School District #463.  There is one elementary school building located in Watkins and another elementary school, the middle school and high school located in Eden Valley.  For information on grades K-6, contact Rob Pederson at 320-453-2900.  For information on grades 7-12, contact Bruce Kiehn or Mark Messman at 320-453-2900.

IMPACT
This is a community based program to increase the number of opportunities for youth and adults to connect in meaningful ways.  Funded by a grant from PACT 4 Family Collaborative, it is a program to help our youth to be outstanding adults.  The program is based on the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Fairness, Responsibility, Caring, and Citizenship.  This is done through programs such as Mentoring and Intergenerational activities to create a whole array of opportunities for adults and youth to work and play together.  For more information, contact Nancy VanVleet at 320-453-2908.

AREA CHURCHES
St. Anthony Catholic Church, Watkins, Phone: 320-764-2755
Ostmark Lutheran Church, South Haven, Phone: 320-693-8450

Assumption Catholic Church, Eden Valley, Phone: 320-453-2788
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Eden Valley, Phone: 320-453-2472
Church of God, Eden Valley, Phone: 320-453-6375

St. Anne's Catholic Church, Kimball, Phone: 320-398-2211
St. John's Lutheran Church, Kimball, Phone: 320-398-7151
Church of Christ, Kimball, Phone: 320-398-3660
United Methodist, Kimball, Phone: 320-398-2925

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS AND MEETING SCHEDULES

Watkins City Council, 2nd Thursday of each month at City Hall, 7 p.m.

Watkins Economic Development Authority, 2nd Monday of each month at City Hall at 7 p.m.

Watkins Planning/Zoning Commission, 3rd Wednesday of each month at City Hall at 7 p.m.

Watkins Fire Department, 1st Monday of each month at Fire Hall, 7 p.m.

Watkins Ambulance and Rescue Squad, 1st Monday of each month at Rescue Squad Room, 7:30 p.m.

Watkins Lions Club, 2nd Wednesday of each month at Lions Meeting Room, 8 p.m.

Watkins Lioness Club, 2nd Monday of each month at VFW Meeting Room, 7 p.m.

Watkins American Legion, 1st Tuesday of each month at Legion Club Room, 8:30 p.m.

Wat-Kim-Valley VFW Post & Auxilliary, 1st Thursday of each month, VFW meeting room, 8 p.m.

Watkins Sportsman Club, 2nd Tuesday of each month, Legion Club Room, 9 p.m.

Alcoholics Anonymous, every Thursday of the month, Watkins Village Hall, 7:30 p.m.

IMPACT, 3rd Monday of each month.