If you are a candidate for City Council in Watertown then take a look at the poll on the right sidebar. Clearly the streets, which are deplorable, in the city are the most important issue to the voters, followed by police patrols/crime prevention, sidewalks and parks.
The sum of all of this is really just quality of life issues that mean something to the voters, they want to be proud of the City they live in. So, provide good looking streets that are pleasant to drive on (versus ones that spill your coffee every 15 seconds) along with safe neighborhoods that have quality assets like sidewalks so people can enjoy their surroundings.
City residents pay considerable taxes compared to neighboring towns and all that city residents want for their taxes are a few basic amenities to make them feel good about what they pay for!
Council Candidates - this is pretty basic, talk to the voters this year about issues that are relevant to them!