Author: Michael Joslyn

Help Wanted!

There are currently two vacancies for Town officials.

The Planning Board has one seat open as board member Mary Joslyn has reached the end of her term and has left the board to pursue other interests. This is an appointed position with a term of seven years.

The Town Board also has one seat open as Councilman Kyle Collinsworth has left the board to take his new position as Town Justice for the Town of Romulus. This position will be filled by appointment to complete the remainder of the year (until December 31, 2020). This is normally an elected position with a term of four years and if you would like to continue in the position at the end of the appointment you would need to run for the office in the 2020 election.

You must be a resident of the Town of Romulus to serve in either of these positions. Anyone wishing to apply for either of these positions should submit a letter of interest to the Romulus Town Clerk at your earliest convenience.

Changes

There are several changes as the result of the recent election and other events (and more to come).

  • David Hayes has been elected Town Supervisor replacing David Kaiser.
  • Planning Board member Mary Joslyn has decided to leave the Planning Board at the end of her term.
  • Newly elected Councilman Stacey Bennett will be filling the seat on the Town Board vacated by David Hayes.
  • Councilman Kyle Collinsworth is leaving his position on the Town Board to take up his duties as the newly elected Town Justice for the Town of Romulus.
  • Angela Testa will be joining us as a bookkeeper. This will allow us to better serve the residents and maintain proper segregation of duties to ensure compliance with audit requirements.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dave Kaiser, Mary Joslyn, and Kyle Collinsworth for their valuable service to the Town. We wish them well in their future endeavors.

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

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

Senior Living Help

Senior Living Help (https://www.seniorlivinghelp.org/assisted-living/new-york/) is an organization that provides senior living assistance to the elderly. Senior Living Help assists New York senior citizens, their family members and caregivers in finding appropriate senior living and care facilities. Many elderly adults are no longer able to be cared for at home, so finding a senior living facility with caring and loving staff becomes necessary.

Please contact Senior Living Help for assistance with using their free services.

Lifeline Discount Telephone Service Program (Lifeline)

The Lifeline Discount Telephone Service Program (Lifeline) is designed to make telephone service more affordable for income-eligible consumers. Consumers qualify for Lifeline by participating in certain federal or state assistance programs OR by having income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Information about the Lifeline program can be obtained from the Lifeline page on our AskPSC.com website. By working together, we can ensure that our most vulnerable residents are connected to vital emergency services, community resources and loved ones.

Sincerely,
John B. Auricchio
Director, Office of Consumer Services
New York State Department of Public Service

August 21 Romulus Town Board Meeting

The August 21st meeting of the Romulus Town Board featured two public hearings as well as normal meeting activities. During the first public hearing concerning the request by Seneca Dairy Systems to rezone a portion of the former Seneca Army Depot, attorneys for Seneca Dairy presented additional details regarding the area in question. A number of the people present spoke in favor of the request although there are still some concerns about the details or lack thereof for the second and third phases of the project.

The second public hearing was to invite comment on the proposal to allow non-Romulus-residents to serve in the position of Zoning Enforcement Officer for the Town. The current ZEO has moved from the area and is resigning his position. Attempts have been made, including advertising, to find a resident to fill the position with no interest expressed. There were no objections and later in the evening a resolution was approved to create a local law to allow the variance to New York State laws. An additional resolution was passed to accept the application of Tim Dorn who is currently serving as the Town of Varick ZEO. As both positions are essentially part-time, Mr. Dorn will serve as ZEO for both municipalities.