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Notice to Willard Post Office Customers

From the United States Postal Service and the Willard Postmaster:

May 4, 2020

Dear Willard Post Office Box Customer:

Effective May 9, 2020, the Willard Post Office Box lobby will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday for customers to retrieve mail from their Post Office Box.

The new hours are being put into effect because of concern for the safety and security of our Post Office Box customers and the Willard Post Office facility.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at (607) 869-2841. Thank you,

Darlene Kay
Postmaster

Zoning Board of Appeals Vacancy

The Town of Romulus has a vacancy on its Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) interprets the Town Zoning Code and evaluates the benefit an applicant would realize if they were to be granted a variance against any impacts that the town might realize as a result of the variance. The ZBA can grant use variances to allow the use of land for a purpose that is otherwise not allowed or is prohibited by zoning regulations. The ZBA can also grant area variances to reduce the required setback distances if an applicant can demonstrate suitable hardship.

The Zoning Board of Appeals meets on the third Thursday of the month when there is business to which the board needs to attend.

If you are interested in this position, please send a letter of introduction to the Romulus Town Board at P.O. Box 177, Willard NY 14588. We will be accepting applications until April 16, 2021.

Supervisor Office Hours

David Hayes, the Romulus Town Supervisor, has scheduled regular office hours to allow residents to “walk-in” to meet with him. Beginning in March, he will be available the second Saturday of every month from 10:00AM until 2:00PM at the Town Office building in Willard. No appointment is necessary and he will be happy to discuss any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Or just drop in to say “Hi”!

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