Author: Michael Joslyn

Public Hearing – Local Law

There will be a Public Hearing at the regularly scheduled Romulus Town Board meeting on Wednesday, October 21 regarding the adoption of Local Law 2 for the 2020. This law would authorize the Town Board to exceed the real property tax levy as specified in General Municipal Law 3-c.

Face masks and social distancing are required. Please note that this will limit the amount of available seating.

If you are unable to attend, comments may be submitted in advance to the Romulus Town Clerk at town.clerk@romulustown.com.

Please see the below attachment for additional details.

Town of Romulus Fall Dumpster Days

The Fall dumpster days for the Town of Romulus will be as follows:

Thursday, October 15th from 8:00AM – 3:00PM
Friday, October 16th from 8:00AM – 3:00PM
Saturday, October 17th from 8:00AM – 3:00PM          

Town of Romulus residents only.  The town will accept a driver’s license as proof of residency.

The dumpsters will be located at the Log City Road Transfer Station.  Should you need directions, please contact the Romulus Town Hall at (607) 869-9326.

The following items will NOT be accepted:

  • Electronics
  • Tires
  • 55-gallon drums
  • Paint cans containing wet paint (we will accept take them if they are empty and dry)
  • Hazardous materials
  • Propane tanks
  • Asbestos
  • Medical Wastes
  • Radioactive waste
  • Gasoline, oil, or solvents, and their containers
  • Pesticides
  • Yard waste
  • Shingles or other construction debris
  • Business wastes

The following items will be accepted with the listed restrictions:

  • Appliances if the freon has been removed and red-tagged by a specialist.

Please remain in your vehicles.  Town employees will unload your vehicles to help ensure social distancing is being observed.  Please note that we require each individual to wear a mask and practice social distancing if there is an issue and you are required to exit your vehicle.

Public Hearing – 2021 Town Budget

There will be a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 21 at the regularly scheduled Town Board meeting to present the tentative 2021 Romulus Town Budget and accept comments.

Face masks and social distancing are required. Please note that this will limit the amount of available seating.

If you are unable to attend, comments may be submitted in advance to the Romulus Town Clerk at town.clerk@romulustown.com.

Romulus Town Board – Emergency Meeting

There will be an emergency meeting of the Romulus Town Board on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 11:00AM at the Town Offices in Willard. 

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss and pass a resolution to allow the de-obligation of a small amount of monies as required by law.  The monies will be returned to the Rural Development organization. There will be no opportunity for comment and no additional business will be discussed. 

The public is welcome to attend but face masks and social distancing will be required.

Willard Water District – Important Notification

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER
The Willard Water District Has Levels of Total Trihalomethanes Above Drinking Water Standards


Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation. We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Testing results we received on 9/8/2020 show that our system exceeds the standard or maximum contaminant level (MCL), for Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM’s). The standard for TTHM’s is 80 micrograms per liter. The average level of TTHM’s over the last 4 quarters was 83.75 microgram per liter.

What should I do?
You do not need to use an alternative (e.g., bottled) water supply. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

What does this mean?
Trihalomethanes are a group of chemicals that are formed in drinking water during disinfection when chlorine reacts with naturally occurring organic material (e.g., decomposing vegetation such as tree leaves, algae or other aquatic plants) in surface water sources such as rivers and lakes. They are disinfection byproducts and include the individual chemicals chloroform, bromoform, bromodichloromethane, and chlorodibromomethane. The amount of trihalomethanes formed in drinking water during disinfection can change from day to day, depending on the temperature, the amount of organic material in the water, the amount of chlorine added, and a variety of other factors.

Disinfection of drinking water by chlorination is beneficial to public health. Drinking water is disinfected by public water suppliers to kill bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illnesses, and chlorine is the most commonly used disinfectant in New York State. All public water systems that use chlorine as a disinfectant contain trihalomethanes to some degree.

What are the health effects of trihalomethanes?
Some studies suggest that people who drank water containing trihalomethanes for long periods of time (e.g., 20 to 30 years) have an increased risk of certain health effects. These include an increased risk for cancer and for low birth weights, miscarriages and birth defects. The methods used by these studies could not rule out the role of other factors that could have resulted in the observed increased risks. In addition, other similar studies do not show an increased risk for these health effects. Therefore, the evidence from these studies is not strong enough to conclude that trihalomethanes were a major factor contributing to the observed increased risks for these health effects. Studies of laboratory animals show that some trihalomethanes can cause cancer and adverse reproductive and developmental effects, but at exposures much higher than exposures that could result through normal use of the water. The United States Environmental Protection Agency reviewed the information from the human and animal studies and concluded that while there is no causal link between disinfection byproducts (including trihalomethanes) and human health effects, the balance of the information warranted stronger regulations that limit the amount of trihalomethanes in drinking water, while still allowing for adequate disinfection. The risks for adverse health effects from trihalomethanes in drinking water are small compared to the risks for illness from drinking inadequately disinfected water.

What happened? What is being done?
We anticipate resolving the problem within the next several months by implementing a flushing program to prevent “older” water from collecting within the distribution system. For more information, please contact Robert Stapleton @ 607-319-9153.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by the Willard Water District. State Water System ID#: NY4901200.
Date distributed: 9/17/2020

New Town Main Office and Town Clerk Hours

The Romulus Town Court has resumed operations and in order to reduce the backlog of cases, will be conducting all-day sessions the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Accordingly, effective immediately and until further notice, the Romulus main office and Town Clerk’s office will be closed on those days.

Romulus Town Board Meeting – June 17

The Romulus Town Board meeting for Wednesday, June 17, 2020 will be held at the Town Offices starting at 6:00PM.

Social distancing will be observed and masks will be required. The public is asked not to attend in person unless it is absolutely necessary.

The meeting will also be streamed live by FingerLakes1 and may be viewed using the link below.

Live stream link:

Town of Romulus Residents – Mask Giveaway

Courtesy of the Seneca Count Health Department, the Town of Romulus will be giving away free face masks to Town residents on Saturday, June 13 from 10:00AM until 2:00PM at the Town Offices in Willard.  The masks are packaged five to a case and we will provide one case per vehicle while supplies last.  Please do not leave your vehicle; we will bring the masks to the driver of the vehicle.  We do ask that the driver be masked while we are making the exchange