Skaneateles town board gives water foreman proper sendoff

When Bruce Famoly decided to retire from the Skaneateles Water Department, he didn't have to look far. Famoly was employed by the town for 36 years.

"I sat down to put these boots on one morning ... and I just said, 'Naw, I can't do it anymore,'" Famoly said.

It wasn't because of any personalities or the job itself - it was just time for a change.

"I started playing golf two years ago and I realized that things change," he said. "I'm kind of an old fashioned guy and I don't necessarily keep up with the changes. It's just the right time." Joe Dwyer, who has worked for the water department for about 10 years, will take over for Famoly.

Famoly was foreman of the water department since 1995, and before that worked for the water department and at the landfill. He was even dog warden for a short period of time.

"I wore several hats in 36 years, primarily water," he said.

The town of Skaneateles hosted a retirement luncheon for Famoly Friday March 18 at town town hall. Famoly couldn't help but reflect on all that went into working at the water department.

"We fixed a lot of water main breaks in 36 years, I know that," he said. "Hundreds."

He said his goal was always to improve the whole water system, and he succeeded at it.

"It's due in large part because the town board voted to do that, but I prodded them and showed them where we needed the improvements," he said. "And together, I think, that's our main accomplishment - improving the town's water system."

Most of the significant improvements were to the systems in Mottville and Skaneateles Falls. "That's all relatively new, within the last 20 years," he said.

As a lifelong resident of the town, making sure the residents received proper drinking water was not a task he ever took lightly. For him, it was always personal.

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