Saranac Lake Members of the Saranac Lake Village Board honored Trustee John McEneany during their March 26 regular meeting.
Both Republicans on the board — McEneany and Jeff Branch — attended their final meeting Monday as village trustees. While Branch will be honored April 16, it was McEneany’s time on the 26th.
After regular business was over, Mayor Clyde Rabideau handed McEneany a plaque honoring his 10 years of service on the Village Board.
“I know you’ve given your heart and soul to the village of Saranac Lake,” Rabideau said. “It’s in every sinew of your body, and I know that you’ll continue to care, and you’re going to continue to serve our great village for many years to come.”
The mayor also played a “good-bye” DVD, featuring interviews of village staff members.
Showing line art of a chocolate cupcakes with pink frosting, the DVD asserted that McEneany could be lured to Village Board meetings with baked goods. And while he didn’t deny the cupcake teasing, he said, “I don’t like pink frosting.”
After the cupcake jokes and Irish bagpipe music, Village Clerk Kareen Tyler appeared on the TV screen, saying she was impressed with McEneany’s 10-year tenure.
“Thanks for everything,” Tyler said. “We’ve been through three trustees, two chiefs of police, four village managers, a lot of fun, a lot of laughs.”
After the DVD finished, McEneany made a 20-minute speech, thanking everyone for their support. Surrounded by friends, family, board members and village department chiefs, McEneany also said he’s ready to start his new job as fire driver at the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department. He’s the village’s newest employee.
“Although I haven’t officially started until Thursday, I did have an opportunity to go out and drive some of these trucks, which are a little larger than my pickup,” McEneany said. “I’ve also had the opportunity to back them up. I’ve also had the opportunity to back them into something.”
A reception was held in McEneany’s honor after the meeting at Nonna Fina restaurant.