The
Oneida NY
Observer
NEWS

Sherrill senior builds food pantry for school project - 6/22/2019
Opportunity Shop soon to reopen, continue serving community - 6/22/2019
E.A. McAllister principal has led generations through education - 6/22/2019

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Emergency radio upgrade rollout continues by Onedia county with coverage tests - 6/22/2019
Farmers: Legislative Session's Passage of Farmworkers Bill Has Consequences - 6/23/2019
Trump warns Iran of ’obliteration like you’ve never seen before’ - 6/23/2019

SPORTS

Mets apologize after confrontation with reporter - 6/24/2019
Women's World Cup odds, predictions: Betting lines, top picks for USA vs. Spain - 6/23/2019
Green, 22, hangs on to win her 1st LPGA major - 6/24/2019

OPINION

Biden needs to worry about his own party before courting the GOP - 6/23/2019
GOVERNMENT LINKS

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Madison County
Oneida County
City of Sherrill
Village of Canastota
Village of Vernon
Town of Vernon
Oneida Indian Nation
New York State Government
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NEWS LINKS

Oneida Daily Dispatch
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Syracuse.com
Utica Observer Dispatch
Rome Sentinel
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WKTV
CNY Central
Spectrum Cable News
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COMMUNITY LINKS

Kallet Civic Center
United Way of Greater Oneida
Oneida City Center Committee
Oneida Public Library
Madison County Office for the Aging
Turning Stone Resort Casino
Oneida Improvement Committee
Madison County Historical Society
Sherrill Kenwood Free Library
Oneida Community Mansion House
Monday, June 24, 2019
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Madison County to Participate in
Statewide STOP DWI Fourth of July
Crackdown Enforcement Effort
MCSO PRESS RELEASE

Wampsville, NY - Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood announced today that Madison County police agencies will participate in a special
enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on July 3rd and will end on July 7th. The Fourth of July extended weekend is
historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year the 4th of July falls on a Thursday so we expect heavy traveling to begin on
Wednesday evening and festivities to run through the weekend.

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the
nation's roads. The fact is this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to impaired-driving crashes.
Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints
play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. The New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement
agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to aggressively target those who put lives in
danger.

The Fourth Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI
Association. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets Labor Day Weekend, Halloween and the national Holiday
Season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still
too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the
STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to
find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning.
Madison County Health Department
Conducting Community Health Assessment
MADISON COUNTY PRESS RELEASE

Wampsville, NY – Do you think affordable housing and good jobs improve the quality of life in a community? What health problem do
you think has the greatest impact on your community? Madison County wants to hear from you.

Every three years the Madison County Health Department partners with Oneida Healthcare Center and Community Memorial Hospital in
Hamilton to identify and address local health priorities through the Community Health Assessment. During this assessment the Health
Department gathers information from its community partners, other health organizations and members of the public.

The Madison County Health Department is now looking for that community input. They have teamed up with Zogby Strategies to
conduct confidential and anonymous surveys.

A robo call will be conducted between July 8 - 10, 2019. If you want to be part of the survey please contact the Madison County Health
Department at 315-366-2361 or email health@madisoncounty.ny.gov.

The end result is a Community Health Improvement Plan. This plan is used to set priorities for future initiatives and strategies for the
community. The results will guide the work the Health Department does over the next few years to improve the overall health of Madison
County.
Office of the New York State Comptroller recently conducted an audit
regarding the Stockbridge Valley Central School District Information
Technology Policies and Procedures.  
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audit report in PDF format
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Free Private Water Testing Available
to Madison County Residents
MADISON COUNTY PRESS RELEASE

Do you have a well or other individual onsite water system? Have you tested your drinking water in the last year? It may look, smell, or
taste fine, but may not be safe to drink. Test your water to know if it is safe and free from harmful contaminants.
The quality and safety of your individual water supply can change during the year. Your risk of water contamination can depend on a
number of factors, including:

 How your well was constructed

 Where your well is located, and if there is enough separation from sources of contamination, such as septic systems, agricultural
activity, or surface water

 How well your water source is protected

 How well the components of your water treatment system are maintained Natural geological conditions in addition to industrial,
agricultural and human activities in your area can potentially impact your drinking water quality.

Be confident your water is safe to drink. If you are on a private individual water system, contact Madison County Health
Department’s Environmental Division at 315-366-2526 about free water testing and consultation services. Services are for eligible
owners of residential wells, and other small individual onsite water systems in Madison County.

“The water testing is free and comprehensive,” said Geoffrey Snyder, Environmental Health Director. “Appointments are
scheduled convenient to the homeowner, and a trained specialist performs an assessment of your water system and collects water
samples. Water samples collected are sent to a certified lab for testing. Our Water Specialist will provide you a water quality report and
review of the laboratory analysis, along with recommendations on what you can do to improve and protect your water source.”
The Health Department’s Individual Water Program has completed over 400 well assessments from 2016-2018. Test results have found
39% of water systems tested had coliform bacteria present. The presence of coliform bacteria is an indicator that a water system may
be vulnerable to contamination.

Among systems positive for coliform bacteria, 6% further tested positive for E. coli bacteria that can cause serious gastrointestinal
illness. Naturally occurring arsenic was also detected at various levels in 26% of the home water systems tested.

Madison County Health Department’s website includes interactive maps showing known sources of potential contamination and
geographical areas likely to have higher levels of arsenic, nitrates and other contaminants of concern. Check out the interactive maps
to help guide your water testing activities online at http://bit.ly/McWaterTest, or call our Water Specialist for this information.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends you test your individual water system:

 Yearly for total coliform bacteria and nitrate

 If you notice a change in water taste or color

 After working on your water system

 If you notice standing water around the base of your well

 If you notice the well cap is not secure

If it has been more than a year since you last tested your drinking water, call the Madison County Health Department at 315-366-2526,
or go to www.healthymadisoncounty.org to learn more.

Primary funding for this free water testing program is provided through cooperative agreement CDC-RFA-15-1507 between
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Madison County, NY Department of Health.