Skaneateles town board gives water foreman proper sendoff

"I grew up in Mottville, so a lot of those people I've known since childhood," he said. "They're my friends and neighbors, and it's been a pleasure to be able to take care of them and make sure they have good drinking water."

Famoly worked under seven different supervisors. Skaneateles town clerk Janet Aaron compiled a "partial list" of employees Famoly worked with during his run.

"On July 2, 1972 Bruce Famoly began his employment with the town of Skaneateles working at the Landfill for $3.25 per hour," she wrote. "Little did he know that he would outlast so many people employed by the town." (See list at right)

One of those people was Charlie Major, who was town supervisor for 14 years starting in 1977. He said Famoly's service to the town could be summed up in two words - reliability and dedication.

"The whole key is dedication and always being on the job," he said. "Water mains break at all times of the night and day, and it's not fun in the winter being down in a hole if the water breaks in the middle of the night."

Famoly asked the town board to promise him to "please just make sure that our water customers keep getting the same level of service that they've always gotten."

"Because you get attached to something after that many years," he said. "And they promised me they would, and I believe them.

"For some reason I think I own that water system, because I've taken care of it so long. And I want the customers to get good service, and they will. They will."

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