Author: Michael Joslyn

Planning Board Position

A position on the Town of Romulus Planning Board will be open beginning January 1, 2020. If you are interested in joining the Planning Board please submit a letter expressing your interest to the Town Board for consideration (snail mail: Town Clerk, 1435 Prospect Street, P.O. Box 177, Willard, New York 14588 – email:

Welcome Back, Fisher!

We have had reports of a Fisher in the area. The Fisher is a small mustelid (a member of the weasel family) about the size of a large cat and has been seen in the area before. They are relatively rare animals and prefer to avoid humans but are seen from time-to-time near wooded areas.

Included below is a link to the Wikipedia entry for Fishers. They represent another example of the wonderfully diverse biological area in which we are fortunate enough to reside. If you happen to see a Fisher and are lucky enough to get a picture, please feel free to send it to us and we’ll post it on-line.

Fishers on Wikipedia

Public Hearing for Proposed Zoning Changes

The public hearing to allow comment on the following proposed zoning changes has been moved to Wednesday, January 15 (previously Wednesday, December 18) at 7:00PM at the Romulus Town Offices. The public hearing will take place prior to the regularly scheduled Town Board meeting.

The proposal by the Town of Romulus is to amend its zoning ordinance in two minor ways that do not change the intent or spirit of the law.

1. In the Definitions section, change the word “renewable” to “clean” in four instances to make the language consistent throughout the ordinance.

2. Striking Section 5: Certificate of Occupancy as the Town of Romulus does not enforce the Unified Building and Fire Code.

Holiday Office Hours

The Town of Romulus Main Office will be closed Wednesday, November 27, 2019 through Friday, November 29, 2019 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal office hours will resume on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Please have a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving!

FINAL UPDATE – November 11, 2019 at 11:16AM


The BOIL WATER ORDER for the Hamlet of Willard has been lifted. Testing has confirmed that the water supply is free of bacteria. A copy of the notice from the Seneca County Health Department is included below.

This will be the final update. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

November 8, 2019 at 7:57AM
The water was restored at approximately 6:30PM last evening, however, the BOIL WATER ORDER for the Hamlet of Willard remains in effect at this time. Additional testing is continuing and must be completed before the order can be lifted. It is possible the order will not be lifted until Monday.
Melissa Taylor, the Emergency Management Director for Seneca County has arranged for 16 pallets of bottled water to be delivered to the Ovid Fire Department. Residents of the hamlet may pick up free bottled water from there today between the hours of 8:30AM-12:00PM and 3:00PM-7:00PM.

November 7, 2019 at 10:48AM
Residents in the Hamlet of Willard are directed to BOIL TAP WATER that is to be used for consumption (drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, etc.) until further notice. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the water should be brought to a full rolling boil for at least one minute before use.

November 7, 2019 at 7:08AM
The Drug Treatment Center in Willard has notified the Town of a major water main break. Residents in the Hamlet of Willard may experience “low water pressure” or “loss of water”. That is all the information that is available at this time. We will update this notice as more details become available.

Senator Helming Visits

On Wednesday, October 2, Senator Pam Helming (R-54th District) visited the Town Offices in Willard to take a tour and discuss thoughts about attracting residents and visitors to the hamlet. She met with Sue Ellen Balluff, Tom Bouchard, and Bill Karlsen of the Planning Board, and Joe Brodnicki and Mike Joslyn of the Town Board.

Although her time was very limited she had the opportunity to take a brief tour of the hamlet including Hadley Hall on the Willard grounds. She was impressed by the potential opportunities for the area.

During her tenure, Senator Helming has been very involved and supportive of the Town of Romulus as well as all of the towns and villages in Seneca County.

(left to right) Bill Karlsen, Mike Joslyn, Pam Helming, Tom Bouchard, Joe Brodnicki, Sue Ellen Balluff
(left to right) Bill Karlsen, Mike Joslyn, Pam Helming, Tom Bouchard, Joe Brodnicki, Sue Ellen Balluff

Public Hearing for 2020 Town Budget

There will be a public hearing to allow comment on the 2020 Town of Romulus Proposed Annual Budget on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00PM at the Romulus Town Offices. The public hearing will take place prior to the regularly scheduled Town Board Board meeting.