Cadiz Plant Dedicated To Tom Carter
By J.D. LONG
For The Intelligencer
CADIZ — The Thomas H. Carter Cadiz Water Treatment Plant is now the official name for the village’s facility after a dedication took place Tuesday morning.
Carter died suddenly last February after 37 years of service to the community. He retired after 32 years as water and sewer superintendent, then served the last five as the director of water and sewer utilities, according to Village Administrator Brandon Ludwig.
“Just looking around tells what a wonderful person Tom was,” Mayor John Migliore said, noting many officials who turned out for the ceremony under a cloudy, sprinkling sky.
But the sun broke through just in time for the unveiling of the new name.
Migliore spoke of how important Carter was to the village and what a wonderful job he did. He called Carter a “super” person who would answer the call anytime someone needed an answer.
“And that’s the kind of caliber of a person that he was in our community and he has sorely been missed by all who knew him,” Migliore said.
Ludwig opened things by informing the crowd that the idea of dedicating the building to Carter formed just after his death, then it was introduced to Village Council members.
“They passed it with ease,” Ludwig said, adding how honored he was to be there and be a part of the dedication.
He said Carter had taken him under his wing and never put him into a situation where he would not be able to handle things, and led him in the right direction.
Ludwig said Carter was like an encyclopedia and always a phone call away.
He said it’s a little different in his absence because the workers have to dig a little deeper for the answers that Carter always provided.
Ludwig said everyone at the plant has pitched in to fill the void.
He said the village will evaluate its financial situation to see if it’s feasible to hire another utilities director. Roy Moore is now the superintendent for the water plant.
“It was an honor to work with him for the time I did, and I can say that probably every employee would say the same,” Ludwig said.
Carter’s daughter Kaci spoke briefly and emotionally of how much her family and her father had been appreciated.
“The only thing he wanted was this place to be better, and we’d really like to believe he left it that way,” Kaci told the crowd.
His son Kyle spoke briefly after the ceremony, saying how overjoyed the family was as a result of the outpouring of support and love from the community.
“We’re just grateful for all they’ve done,” he said.
Ludwig added that Carter also worked for at least three other communities and was highly regarded and will be missed, not only in Cadiz but throughout the state where he lent his hand.