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Brookfield looks toward future

Brookfied Town Supervisor John Salka talks about town's transitions

Although he has lived in the town of Brookfield for about 20 years, Brookfield Supervisor John Salka said he could be considered a "newcomer," since so many of his neighbors have lived there for generations. Nevertheless, Salka said he was honored when he was made Brookfield Central School District's school board president for four of his seven years of service, and most recently he was elected to the position of town supervisor.

Now, Salka, the director of cardiac and pulmonary services at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, is in the final stretch of his first term as supervisor and running for re-election. Salka has filed with the Madison County Board of Elections as an endorsed Conservative, Independent and Republican candidate for the Nov. 3 election. Proud to be the first non-Brookfield native to assume both positions, Salka said he is hoping to be re-elected to continue some projects that he and the board have already commenced.

Much like his campaign motto for his current term, Salka said he sees more change for Brookfield on the horizon. In his opinion, Salka said a good example of the "changing times" in the town is the fact that he was elected to represent the town as supervisor, even as a "newcomer."

"There are two ways to look at change," Salka said. "Accept it and use it or it will happen anyway."

Salka said he wants to lead the town into the next year with positive change. Currently, Salka and the Brookfield Town Board have been exploring land purchase plans for a 19-parcel subdivision of farms that were run by second or third generation family members.

Although some Brookfield residents have voiced opposition to selling the farmland to "out-of-towners" or in some cases, out-of-state buyers, Salka said that the families selling the land "weren't making ends meet and found this as a good opportunity."

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