SYRACUSE -- After more than 24 years as a member of the North Davis Sewer District Board of Trustees, 21 years as its chairman, Ivan D. Anderson is retiring effective Dec. 31, 2012.
In recognition of the contribution Anderson has made to the district, serving the Roy to Kaysville area, the eight-member sewer board has renamed the laboratory at the Syracuse treatment center in Anderson's honor, said NDSD board member Dave Tafoya.
Anderson, a retired ATK engineer, was instrumental in bringing the lab to the center, which is regularly used to perform "basic science" on the waste product the plant receives to make certain the district is meeting federal regulations and is not passing any harmful material on to the Great Salt Lake, Tafoya said.
Under Anderson's direction the treatment plant has grown from serving 29,000 hookups to 64,000 hookups because of the residential and commercial growth that has occurred in Roy and the North Davis communities.
Anderson, 69, of Clearfield, said his goal has always been to be a decade ahead of the district's projected growth patterns.
"It is one of the greatest opportunities I have ever had the chance to do," Anderson said, who was appointed to the board in 1988 by then-Clearfield Mayor Neldon Hamblin.
Hamblin appointed Anderson, who was then part of the Clearfield City Council, to be the city's representative on the board. The council in later years passed a resolution allowing Anderson to remain on the board even after leaving the council.
"I've been there to watch things start and come to fruition," said Anderson, who has also been part of doubling the size of the treatment facility through general obligation bonds approved in the 1990s.
"I think I've left my footprint down there," he said. "You can't be there that long without things, plans, being the way you wanted them."
Preparing for the future has always been Anderson's philosophy, Tafoya said.
Under Anderson, Tafoya said, the treatment plant has grown by leaps and bounds, with Anderson always having an eye on meeting the future needs of the district's service area.
About a decade ago Anderson supported a bond to expand the treatment plant due to the commercial and residential growth occurring in Layton and Syracuse, said Tafoya, who, as Roy city's district representative, has served 12 years with Anderson on the board.
Treating waste and waste water is a necessity, Tafoya said.
"Without it, the world is in a pretty big hurt," he said, noting the importance of Anderson's role in the community.
Under Anderson's direction the district has also been able to mitigate many of its odor complaints by creating a land buffer around the treatment facility and encroaching development.
"There will always be odors," Tafoya said, "but we have done our best to eliminate that."
Anderson also opened up the treatment plant for school field trips to educate students about the importance of treating waste and waste water, Tafoya said. In the past few years, between 8,000 and 10,000 students per year from Davis School District have visited the plant.
NDSD Board Member Ryan Furniss, a Sunset City councilman, said the plant workers will miss Anderson.
"What has impressed me the most is his care and concern for every employee," he said. "The employees just love him."