Last week, state officials suggested spending some of a $10 million state grant to close traffic on the south side of Public Square as a way to free the area for pedistrians.
The city won the money in the so-called "Hunger Games" competition after Governor Andrew Cuomo picked Watertown over Ogdensburg in the northern region.
In response to the state's suggestion, the owner of Cam's Pizzeria--located on the corner of Arsenal and Court--is asking customers, residents and other business owerns to sign a petition opposing any changes to Public Square. Matt Strader told 7 News he already has about 10 pages worth of signatures, roughly 30 of which are from other business owners.
While nothing has been finalized yet, the city has until March to submit official plans for the grant.