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!

Monday, June 20, 2016


Finally, some BCS School Board minutes posted on the School website.  The Superintendent explained that the District Clerk was too busy for that kind of work... she had other priorities.   Still disappointing (but totally EXPECTED)  to see that the Board has NEVER FOLLOWED UP ON THE VANDALISM that occurred in SEPTEMBER OF LAST now we can consider it a FINAL COVER UP and .write off another $250,000 on top of that  $152,000 + wasted on the so-called Administration...another Brookfield cover up.... the Board didn't even want to know who the suspects were....yet, everyone else in Town seems to know...that's how we ADMINISTER things around here: friends & family first.

Just Askin.....Where are the TOWN EQUIPMENT LEASES

Why won't our "open & transparent" Supervisor release the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION requested copies of the Town's equipment leases?  ...requested over 40 days ago...formally, in writing...yet...only a few leases released and no there something more to these leases we should (or should NOT) know about???

Just askin...Salka must have them,....he went to great lengths to explain how he goes through these leases and the amortization tables each year to update the Town's Annual financials.....

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Magee works to expand access to farmland for beginning farmers

Assemblyman Bill Magee (D-Nelson) announced the passage of his legislation to help new farmers by developing an inventory of state-owned land that may be viable for farming. Furthermore, this bill would require the state’s Agriculture Advisory Council to provide tax and financial advice to beginning farmers in order to ease the difficult process of entering the agricultural field (A.9536).

“This proposed law will enhance access to farmland for new farmers,” said Magee. “With the average age of farmers getting older in our state, we need to do more to expand access to farmland to ensure a strong future for agriculture here in New York.”