Author: Michael Joslyn

IMPORTANT – Town of Romulus Virtual Planning Board Meeting – February 1, 2021

To help minimize the risk of accidental exposure to the COVID-19 virus, the Town of Romulus Planning Board meeting for Monday, February 1, 2021 will be conducted as an online meeting using the GoToMeeting application. Please use the information and links below to access the meeting from your device. The meeting will open at 6:45PM and begin promptly at 7:00PM.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/296762893

You can also dial in using your phone.

(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (646) 749-3122 – One-touch: tel:+16467493122,,296762893#

Access Code: 296-762-893

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/296762893

Willard Door-to-Door Survey

As part of the process to obtain funding for the potential Willard water line upgrade, G&G Municipal Consulting (Jay Grasso) will be conducting door-to-door surveys to gather information for the grant application. No personally identifiable information will collected and all responses will be kept in confidence with only the aggregate data used for the application.

The surveys will be conducted from 10:00AM until dark on Saturday, January 2, 2021 and from 11:00AM until dark on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Please help us with this important task.

IMPORTANT – Town of Romulus Virtual Planning Board Meeting – January 4, 2021

To help minimize the risk of accidental exposure to the COVID-19 virus, the Town of Romulus Planning Board meeting for Monday, January 4, 2021 will be conducted as an online meeting using the GoToMeeting application. Please use the information and links below to access the meeting from your device. The meeting will open at 6:45PM and begin promptly at 7:00PM.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/803539877

You can also dial in using your phone.

(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (312) 757-3121

– One-touch: tel:+13127573121,,803539877#

Access Code: 803-539-877

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/803539877

Tax Collector Hours

The Tax Collector will be available in the Town Office building the following hours for payment of property taxes.

January 1, 2021 to January 31, 2021

  • Monday           9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday          9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday     9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Thursday         9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Friday              9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

February 1, 2021 to February 28, 2021

  • Monday           Closed
  • Tuesday          9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday     9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Thursday         Closed
  • Friday              9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

March 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021

  • Monday           Closed
  • Tuesday          9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday     9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Thursday         Closed
  • Friday              9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

A drop box located in the front of the Town Office building is also available anytime.

All taxes unpaid as of April 1, 2021 will have to be paid at the Seneca County Office Building, 1 DiPronio Drive, Waterloo, NY 13165.

Warning – COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Excerpted from the United States Department of Health and Human Services

Though we’ve only seen one COVID-19 vaccine scam at this point, we know that this this type of fraud will move very quickly, very soon, and will take many forms. Scammers rapidly alter their tactics and adapt their schemes to the changing landscape, and we anticipate that they will leverage the pending COVID-19 vaccine to prey on unsuspecting beneficiaries. At this point, it is essential that we be aware of likely schemes:

  • You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.
  • You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
  • You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  • No one from Medicare or the Health Department with contact you.
  • No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
  • Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.
  • If you get a call, text, email — or even someone knocking on your door — claiming they can get you early access to the vaccine, STOP. That’s a scam.

Willard Water District – Important Notification – UPDATED December 9, 2020

December 9, 2020 – UPDATE

Effective immediately – The Willard Water District is now in compliance with all standards.

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

Town Offices Holiday Hours

The Romulus Town Offices will be closed Thursday, December 24, 2020 and Friday, December 25, 2020 for the Christmas holiday and will be closed Thursday, December 31, 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021 for the New Year’s holiday. Normal office hours will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Seneca County Rabies Clinic

The Seneca County Health Department is sponsoring a free rabies clinic. It will take place on November 4, 2020 from 6:00PM to 7:00PM in Romulus. You must pre-register to take advantage of this offer.

Please see additional important information below.