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.

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 of Romulus Re-Opening Update

Effective Monday, June 8, 2020 and in keeping with Executive Order 202 and its amendments, “Re-Opening New York” guidelines, guidance from the Finger Lakes Region Control Room, and any local, state, or federal directives, the Romulus Town offices will resume normal business operations.

Pursuant to Executive Orders 202.17 and 202.18 and to ensure the health of our staff and visitors, the following restrictions will be in place:

  • All visitors over the age of 2 and medically able to tolerate a face-covering are required to cover their mouth and nose with a cloth face-covering or mask.
  • Everyone is asked to maintain a minimum social distance of 6 feet from other individuals.
  • Visitors will be allowed open access to the lobby and board room but must be escorted for all other areas of the building.

Please do not visit the Romulus Town offices for any reason if you have any of the symptoms currently associated with COVID-19.  A list of those symptoms may be found here:

These restrictions will be in place at least until June 19, 2020.  We will re-evaluate these based on the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room’s and New York State’s re-opening directives and modify them, as necessary.

Thank you for your help and understanding.

Romulus Planning Board Meeting – June 1

At this time, the Romulus Planning Board meeting for Monday, June 1, 2020 at 7:00PM will be held at the Town Offices. There will be an abbreviated agenda for discussion to allow action on several submitted requests, but no other business will be conducted and there will be limited comment or discussion. The public is asked not to attend unless it is absolutely necessary.

Please note that masks are mandatory and the public may not enter any part of the building other than the lobby and the board room. Social distancing guidelines must also be observed.

Joint Assessment Group – 2020 Grievance Day

Joint Assessment Group
Lodi – Ovid – Romulus – Varick
Post Office Box 355
Ovid, New York 14521

Grievance Day for 2020
Due to “Social Distancing Requirements” the following will be observed:

1. Call the Joint Assessment office no later than May 25, 2020 for an appointment.

2. Fill out the required form (RP-524) available from the Joint Assessment office by mail or online at

3. Masks are required for appointments.

4. NYS law provides that a completed form (RP-524) may be delivered to the assessment office by mail and will be reviewed by the Board of Assessment Review without attendance by the property owner.

5. Although this is, by rule, an open meeting, seating will be limited to comply with current NYS health regulations.

Any questions, please call (607) 869-9689.

Town of Romulus Grievance Day is June 2, 2020.

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

Romulus Town Office Building Closure

UPDATE – Monday, March 16 at 8:45PM

Due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak and in keeping with other federal, state, and local agencies, effective Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5:00PM the Romulus Town office building in Willard will be closed to the public until further notice. Staff will continue to report, but the office doors will remain locked. We are still available to answer questions (contact information is included below). Payments may be deposited in the secure mail slot at the front of the building. If a face-to-face meeting is absolutely necessary, an appointment may be made, but we are encouraging everyone to conduct any necessary business remotely if at all possible.

All previously scheduled meetings utilizing the Town office facility are also cancelled (i.e. Town Board, Planning Board, etc.)

UPDATE – Monday, March 16 at 8:45PM – The Romulus Town Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 6:00PM will be held. There will be an abbreviated agenda for passage of resolutions to allow the Town government to continue to function, but no other business will be conducted. The public is asked not to attend unless it is absolutely necessary.

Pursuant to the NYS Office of Court Administration Order issued on Monday, March 16, 2020, the Romulus Town Court offices will also be closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5:00PM until further notice.

Thank you for your cooperation and consideration.

Contact Information

Romulus Town Offices
Mary Farnsworth
607 869-9326 x222

Romulus Town Clerk
Jane Braunig
607 869-9326 x226

Romulus Town Website

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.

Spring Dumpster Days

The Town of Romulus will be holding spring dumpster days on Thursday, May 20, 2021 through Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 8:00AM until 3:00PM daily at the Log City Road Transfer Station. This is open to all Town of Romulus residents.

  • Paint cans must be open, empty, and dry
  • No electronics (computers, TVs, printers, microwaves, etc.)
  • Appliances with coolant (refrigerators, air conditioners, etc.) must be red-tagged by a professional certifying the coolant has been removed.
  • No construction or yard debris
  • Passenger car and light truck tires (up to 10 per household) will be accepted but must be dismounted from the rim. No agricultural or construction equipment tires.

Facemasks and Social Distancing are required.

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.

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.

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.

Town of Romulus Board Meeting 8/19/20 (Live Stream)

The Town of Romulus Board will hold their regular August meeting on Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm at the Town offices at 1435 Prospect Street in Willard. The meeting will be streamed live on and at

Town of Romulus July Board Meeting 7/15/20 (video)

The Town of Romulus will conduct their regular July board meeting on Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm at the Town offices at 1435 Prospect Street in Willard. The meeting will be streamed live on and at

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