Thursday, September 15, 2016


In Brookfield, the unofficial results give Paul T. Owens the Republican on the November ballot for the town’s highway superintendent after defeating opponent Wade D. Furner by a tally of 77 to 31. In that town, there are only 5 absentee ballots, according to the election board.

So, will Owens give up his School job.... ?

PS - Becker ...With fewer than 40 votes separating Republicans Andrew Busa and John Becker in their bid for the Town of Sullivan highway superintendent ballot line in November, the town’s 59 GOP absentee ballots will determine the victor.
Busa currently holds 367 votes to Becker’s 321, according to the unofficial results posted by the Madison County Board of Elections. Republican Commissioner Kelley Hood and Democratic Commissioner Laura Costello confirmed there are currently 59 absentee ballots out; therefore, the board of elections must wait until Sept. 20 before making the results official.

Monday, September 12, 2016


September 17 - and you can bid on line!
Here is a link to the auction catalog.  There are a few Brookfield properties listed.  Check out the County listings at this site.....

Madison County Tax Foreclosure Real Estate Auction
Auction: Saturday, September 17 10AM. Registration at 8AM.
Location: Kallet Civic Center, 159 Main Street, Oneida, NY 13421

Bidder Seminar/Early Registration: Thursday, September 15th
Early registration 6PM and Bidder Seminar 7PM

Location: Madison County Office Building, 138 North Court Street, Wampsville, NY 13163

RURAL MORTGAGES for Low Income Residents Available - Contact Morrisville College - Oct 12 Workshop Meeting

This is a terrific opportunity for many residents and young families starting out.  This program was advertised in the MADISON COURIER....worth checking out!

USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Direct Loan Interest Rates Reach Historic Low

Direct Home Loans Require No Down Payment and Offer a 2.875% Fixed Rate
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development recently announced that interest rates for the Single Family Housing Direct Loan mortgage program will decrease in September to 2.875%. This rate is a historic low since the program’s inception in 1949.
USDA Rural Development’s Direct Loan mortgage program helps very-low to low income families and individuals buy, build or improve homes in rural communities. These loans require no down payment or private mortgage insurance (PMI) and the standard term is 33 years. Payment Assistance, which subsidizes the interest rate can further reduce monthly mortgage payments for those who qualify.
“Expanding and preserving homeownership is a major part of the foundation for a stronger, more prosperous rural New York,” said Jennifer Jackson, USDA Rural Development New York Single Family Housing Director. “There is tremendous potential for our housing programs in Madison County, New York.”
“Rural Development will be conducting an on-campus Homeownership Workshop at Morrisville State College on Wednesday, October 12th 2016 – in Charlton Hall from 6pm to 8pm,” Jackson said. “I would encourage residents throughout Madison County and surrounding communities to join us if they would like to purchase or repair a home and learn more about our housing programs.”
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs that will increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. Last year, Rural Development in New York provided over $250 million in housing loans, grants and loan note guarantees, helping 2,274 families and individuals to purchase and repair homes.
For more information on this program visit — for details about the event at Morrisville State College, email Christopher Stewart at

Friday, August 5, 2016

Madison County Health Dept. finds 3 of 10 residential water supplies studied at risk

The Madison County Health Department has determined that a number of residential water systems may be at risk of contamination.

Following nearly a year’s worth of research and study in which the department analyzed the private wells and on-site water systems at nearly 100 Madison County residences, the health department found 3 out of 10 private wells or other on-site water systems may be vulnerable to contamination and not safe for drinking.

“If you haven’t tested your well water in over a year, give us a call,” said Director of Environmental Health Geoffrey Snyder.

Through a grant provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Madison County Health Department is providing free testing of residential wells, and other self-supplied water sources (also called individual on-site water systems) to Madison County residents.

“As we near the end of the first year of our program, we have sampled close to 100 private water systems,” said Snyder. “The most common problem observed is the well cap is either missing, broken or does not provide a sanitary seal, making the well vulnerable to contamination from insects, rodents, and surface water runoff.”

The contamination risk of a well depends on a variety of factors, including its construction, location, depth, water source protection, and treatment system performance. The type of soil, rock or other environmental conditions in an area may also affect the quality of private drinking water systems. Local activities including industrial, agricultural, and human activities in an area, could potentially impact the quality and safety of the water you drink.

Madison County Health Department recommends testing individual water systems yearly for total coliform bacteria and nitrate or:

• Whenever you notice a change in taste or color of the water;

• After work on the water system;

• If you notice the well cap is not secure;

• If you notice standing water around your well

Primary funding for this free water testing program is provided through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Madison County Department of Health.

To learn more about this free testing service for eligible Madison County residents, call Madison County Health Department at 366-2526 or learn more online at

HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT - Republican Primary Candidates

We will have two REPUBLICAN PRIMARY candidates for the Brookfield Highway Superintendent vacancy.  Wade Furner (Main St., North Brookfield) and Paul Owens (Main St., Brookfield) have both submitted petitions to run on the Republican ticket in NOVEMBER.  In additon, Joe Walker has filed his petition for his current Town Board seat.


Here are important details from the Madison Courier, if you want to vote in the SEPTEMBER REPUBLICAN PRIMARY

There will be Republican primaries in the town of Brookfield, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. If you wish to vote in the primary election, you must be registered by Aug. 19, 2016, and be a member of the Republican Party.

Anyone who has moved since they last registered must re-register. Registration forms are available from the Madison County Board of Elections by calling (315) 366-2231 or downloaded from

Forms are also available at post offices and town, city and village clerks offices.

Voters can verify their registration and enrollment at

If you wish to vote by absentee, the absentee application forms are available from the Madison County Board of Elections by calling (315) 366-2231 and can also be downloaded at You may also come into our office at 138 North Court Street, Building 4, Wampsville, fill out an absentee form and vote in person.

WADE FURNER, Main St. , N. Brookfield
PAUL OWENS, Main St., Brookfield

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

STILL MISSING OUR Town Highway Equipment Leases ....and Why?

WHY? has been over three months now. and our Supervisor, John Salka, still cannot find those leases for the Brookfield Highway equipment.......why would that be???....MISSING?...or "lost" because there is information he may not want us to know?....they are still missing, so, if found, please forward to the Town Clerk for safe keeping...just makes you wonder just what Salka is hiding now! Sorry I wasn't able to make it to last night's Town Board meeting.... hated to miss the most recent episode of "Breaking" Brookfield.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

LOST....Equipment Leases for Brookfield Highway Department

....if found, please return to the Town Clerk.... Salka does not know where they could be....par for the course....just the kind of person we need in Albany...a guy who couldn't find his ass with both hands!