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Water Treatment Plant to be named for Davis
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McMinnville Water Treatment Plant is scheduled to be renamed for Carl William Davis, former water department director. A ceremony is tentatively set for April 13.
“Carl was a great man,” said Alderman Billy Wood. “Renaming the building has been a long time coming. Actually, it has taken too long. We should have already done this.”
Davis died more than two years ago, on Sept. 5, 2010, at the age of 59. His fatal injuries occurred on Aug. 28 while he was riding his motorcycle on Manchester Highway going toward Morrison. A vehicle traveling east pulled into his path as it turned onto Old Well Road. The two collided.
A long-term employee with the city, Davis was an employee for 38 years. He started in September 1972 as the sewer plant supervisor. He held that position for 13 years before being promoted to water director.
Being re-named after Davis will be the city’s McMinnville Water Treatment Plant located at 200 Bell Street. Plans are to rename it “City of McMinnville Carl W. Davis Water Treatment Complex.”
Wood says the reason behind the tentative date is to coordinate the ceremony with a time when Davis’ wife, Joy, and  children, Kim and Jeff, can all attend.
“Jeff has an odd work schedule so we are going to try and work around that,” Wood said. “Hopefully, that date will be acceptable.”
Renaming the building was accepted by Water and Sewer Committee members Wood and Aldermen Jimmy Bonner and Ken Smith. The measure will be sent to the full board for its consideration.