Over the past 36 years and 8 months I have been afforded the distinct honor of serving the customers of The Town of Skaneateles water districts. It has never really been a job. It has been a privilege!
Thank you friends and thanks as well to those of you who do not receive public water. I have gotten to know many of you through interaction with our other town departments.
Each and every one of you has been supportive and offered encouragement and assistance as I have attempted to do the very best I know how.
Very special thanks to those of you in Mottville, my childhood home, and Skaneateles Falls. In the seventies and eighties you endured the inconvenience of a seemingly endless number of water main breaks with their accompanying service interruptions. Never, never a complaint! Never! Only encouragement and this question, "What can we do to help?" That applies to our commercial and industrial customers as well. Sure, you needed water to operate, but you were always patient and understanding.
Really, there is no way to thank you all properly, but I hope you know that I appreciate each of you!
For a poor kid from Mottville who took an extra year to graduate from high school and didn't go to college, "I done good!" I have had a fulfilling and rewarding career with the town. I raised two wonderful children here, participated in community groups and events and have been able to do my work amongst those with whom I grew up and with my closest friends and neighbors. Yeah, "I done good!"
I have worked with great people. As many know, I haven't always agreed with all of them and have never been reluctant to voice my opinion. If the old saying "The squeaky wheel gets the grease" is true, I am completely covered with the stuff. It's okay however, because most of the time I was right and I never, ever had a problem falling asleep. I have said what I believe and stuck to it! Hey, someone had to keep them on their toes!
Folks, I hope you know that, as with any job, it can be tough at times, but it has been a pleasure serving you by keeping the water flowing.
Seven town supervisors, dozens of board members and hundreds of employees later, I stand and look back at it all. You know what? It looks pretty good!