No more Snow in Milo: After 30 years, supervisor steps down
For 30 years Norm “Jack” Snow has been a familiar face in the Town of Milo Office. He was Councilman for 12 years before moving into the supervisor position for the last 18 years.
During that time he has seen many changes. “I don’t know where the time went,” he said. He has seen the evolution of technology over the years, observing, “There were no computers when I started. Then we got one and now we have several. The town only had small trucks for the highway department, now we have 10-wheelers.”
The offices have even moved three times during his tenure. Beginning on Maiden Lane, the next location was just around the corner in the old Citizens Bank.
A few years ago the offices moved to a larger, renovated space on Main Street. Until that move, Snow said the town justice and code enforcement officers worked out of their homes. The new location has a large, modern court room, Snow said.
The biggest project during Snow’s time in office was the water and sewer installations along Keuka Lake. In 1983, he said voters turned down the project by only 3 votes.
At that time the project would have been 93 percent funded. When the project eventually went forward during his administration 20 years later, funding was not available. It took four to five years to plan and five to six years to complete.
A native of this area, Snow grew up on a dairy farm south of Geneva. He walked a mile to a one room school house on Billsboro Road for grades one through eight.
In 1957 he became Agency Manager for Yates County Farm Family Insurance Company and moved to Penn Yan in 1959.
He went to work for Wayne Feed Co. in 1960. Snow’s next move was the purchase of Crosier’s Feed Mill on Seneca Street. Eventually his business became Penn Yan Farm Supply on Seneca Street.
Snow said in the spring of 1989 Milo Supervisor Ned Breuer asked him to run for his position. He was Deputy Supervisor at the time. His son, Norm Jr. was getting very involved with the business and taking over some of the management duties.
Norm, Jr. became ill the first of July and passed away two weeks later. Thinking he would not have time, Jack was not going to continue to run for office, but his wife, Karen convinced him to go on.
Snow said he was able to continue running the store and also assume the Supervisor’s duties with a lot of help from family and friends. He cites employee Phil Strong, for his help. Strong is now Town of Milo Highway Superintendent.
Snow has also been active in the community. He was a member of the Jaycees when they were active in Penn Yan.
For many years he served as President of the Penn Yan Shrine Club and through that organization was involved in helping make it possible for up to 700 children in the surrounding area school districts attend the Shrine Circus in Rochester each year. Presently, he also belongs to the Elks and Moose Clubs.
When he retired from business 12 years ago, he had lots of plans, but didn’t do many.
He said he wouldn’t have stayed in the government positions this long without having good people to work with. Snow said what he will miss the most is the interaction with the people.