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1. What is the Charter?
2. Where can I find a copy of the Charter?
3. Why is Watertown reviewing its Charter?
4. Why are we reviewing the Charter in 2021?
5. Why is Charter Review important?
6. What can (& can’t) be accomplished through changing the charter?
7. When does the Charter Review Committee meet?
8. How do I keep current with the Charter Review Process?
9. What information can I find on Watertown’s Charter Review website watertown-ma.gov/charter?
10. What is Watertown’s current form of Government?
11. Is Watertown a town or a city & does it matter?
12. Is Watertown going to change its official name from “The City known as the Town of Watertown” to just the City of Watertown?
13. Who decided who is on the Charter Review Committee?
14. How were the resident members of the Charter Review Committee chosen?
15. Who’s on the 2020 Charter Review Committee?
16. How can I contact the Charter Review Committee (CRC)?
17. Who approves changes recommended by the Charter Review Committee?
18. What is the timeline for Charter Review?
19. This sounds complicated; does Watertown have any help sorting this out?
20. Who should participate in Charter Review?
21. Why should I participate in the Charter Review?
22. How can I participate in Charter Review?
23. What are the main components of Watertown’s Charter?

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1. How do you get to the Watertown Senior Center?
2. What are the Senior Center's hours during COVID-19?
3. Who is considered a senior?
4. Who are the Friends of the Watertown COA?

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1. As a resident, what website should I access for info
2. What is the phone number of the Police Department ?
3. What if there is a power outage ?
4. I have a dog. What precautions should I take ?
5. What if a fire occurs when I am sleeping ?

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1. Can animals be left in cars? What do I do if I see an animal in a hot car?
2. What should I do if my pet is lost?
3. How can I dispose of Household Hazardous Waste?
4. What guidelines are provided for flooding in my home?
5. What food safety guidelines are provided for power failure in my home?

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1. What is a Historic District Commission?
2. Why do we have historic districts?
3. What is the Mount Auburn Street Historic District?
4. Who serves on the Historic District Commission and what do they regulate?
5. Where is the Mount Auburn Street Historic District?
6. What if I want to make changes to my home?
7. How Do I File an Application?
8. What if I have questions?

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1. What are the hours of the recreation department ?

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1. What Time is Public Skating ?

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1. How do I register to vote?
2. How do I run for office?
3. How do I obtain birth, marriage, or death records?
4. How do I obtain licenses and permits?

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1. Who has to file a business certificate?
2. How much does a business certificate cost?
3. How can I obtain the business certification form?
4. Will I get a tax i.d. number when I file a business certificate?
5. How often does a business certificate have to be renewed?
6. What if the business address changes?
7. What if the ownership of the business changes?

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1. When are property tax bills due?
2. If I pay my property tax bill late, will I be charged any interest penalties?
3. Can I pay my tax bills by credit or debit card or online?
4. If I sell or trade-in my motor vehicle after I paid my motor vehicle excise tax, can I receive a refund?
5. Am I able to Pay Water and Sewer Bills Online?
6. What are the town rules regarding all night parking on town streets during the winter months?
7. If my license or registration is marked for non-renewal at the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) due to outstanding parking tickets or unpaid excise amounts, what should I do?
8. What are the hours of operation for parking meters on the STREET?
9. What are parking meter hours of operation in MUNICIPAL PARKING LOTS?

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1. What is the Watertown Community Path ?

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1. How do I find my Zoning District?
2. What do I have to do to add a deck or addition to my home?
3. How do I know what setbacks are required?
4. What is a Plot Plan?
5. Can I run a business in my home?
6. What are the rules on fencing and sheds?
7. Do I need a permit to enlarge or extend my driveway?
8. What is Reasonable Accommodation?