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Seneca County – State of Emergency

On Sunday, March 15th at 10:00AM, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Hayssen, declared a State of Emergency in Seneca County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All county school districts will close on Wednesday, March 18 through Tuesday, April 14.

In the Romulus Central School district, only staff are to report on Monday, March 16. Students and staff will both report on Tuesday, March 17. The school will be closed from Wednesday, March 18 through Tuesday, April 14.

The same closure rules apply to the Waterloo school district.

South Seneca and Seneca Falls students and staff will both report to school Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, with school closures starting Wednesday, March 18 and continuing through Tuesday, April 14.

Seneca County 2020 Free Rabies Clinics

The Seneca County Health Department will be providing free rabies clinics for 2020 as follows:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Magee Fire Department
1807 Route 318
6:00PM to 7:00PM
Dr. Wiggins


Saturday, August 15, 2020
Ovid Fire Department
2136 Brown Street
10:00AM to 11:00AM
Dr. Denmark

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Waterloo Fire Department
39 East Water Street
6:00PM to 7:00PM
Dr. Wiggins

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Seneca County Highway Department
2017 County Road 135A
6:00PM to 7:00PM
Dr. Denmark

Dogs should be on leashes, cats must be in secure containers, animals MUST be 3 months of age to receive rabies shots.

Bring proof of prior vaccination.

Donations Appreciated.

Notice of Public Meeting – Seneca County Sewer Districts 1, 2 and 3

The Seneca County Commissioner of Public Works will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 6:00PM at the Romulus Fire Hall on plans for the Seneca County Sewer Districts 1, 2, and 3 (text of the official notification is included below).

These plans may have a significant impact on any users of these districts in the Town of Romulus (and in Seneca County) and the public is encouraged to attend.

Text of the official notification:
THE SENECA COUNTY COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS WILL HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2020 AT 6:00 P.M.  AT THE ROMULUS FIRE HALL, 2010 CAYUGA STREET, ROMULUS, NY  14541.

THE MEETING WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE OPERATIONS AND PROGRAMS FOR SENECA COUNTY SEWER DISTRICTS 1, 2, AND 3.

ANYONE WITH COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS IS REQUESTED TO SUBMIT SUCH COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS IN WRITING PRIOR TO THE MEETING. SEND COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS ATTN: PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, 1 DIPRONIO DRIVE, WATERLOO, NY 13165, OR BY EMAIL: PWcomments@co.seneca.ny.us

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

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.

Proposed Zoning Changes for Seneca Dairy Project Under Review

The proposed re-zoning for the Seneca Dairy Systems, LLC manufacturing project has been forwarded to the Town of Romulus Planning Board and the Seneca County Planning Board for review. The three phase project (phase one of which is a galvanizing plant) to build a new manufacturing facility on a portion of the former Seneca Army Depot will require a change to existing zoning at the location of the proposed plant.

Kim Nason of the Phillips Lytle law firm representing Seneca Dairy as well as Earl Martin principal owner of the LLC were present at the July 25 Town Board meeting to present the request. The proposed zoning change is only one of the tasks that are required before the project can go forward. Concurrently, a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) has been filed and is under review. The Seneca County IDA acting as the lead agency for the SEQR process is coordinating that submission and review.

A public hearing concerning the proposed zoning change has been scheduled for August 21, 2019 at 7:00PM at the Romulus Town Hall. The public will be able to ask questions and make comments about the proposed change.