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Brookfield Road Width Topic Of Court Dispute

The Town of Brookfield is being taken to court over the width of Chase Road.

Chase Road is a dead-end road in West Edmeston off Button Falls Road. The dispute is being brought by a family who live in Texas and have a summer home there.

During last week’s Brookfield Town Board meeting, Supervisor John Salka and councilmen Clint Abrams and Joe Walker met for 15 minutes in executive session with Town attorney Tina Wayland-Smith near the start of the meeting to discuss litigation.

During the public comment period at the end of the meeting, resident Karen Walker said it angered her that people could cost the town money over something so simple. Salka agreed that as a taxpayer it also ticked him off.

Diana Weaver said her family owns property near the road. The issue, she said, is the summer residents want the road moved a foot or two closer to the Weaver’s side.

That would mean taking out about 30 trees, Weaver said, which her family does not want to tear up. Salka said residents can go up to Chase Road and look at the trees to better understand the lawsuit.

In other matters Salka said a woman interested in buying the former Leonardsville school to use as a dog rescue sanctuary has withdrawn her interest after the community raised concerns on noise, the waste that would be generated and how her facility in Yorkville is run.

A church remains interested, and Salka said a construction company in Utica has recently inquired about the building. While it is in the town, the Mount Markham School District owns it and would handle the sale.

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