SELMA – The Consolidated Irrigation District is honoring Selma resident Anastacio Lupe Chavez for his more than 50 years of service by naming a groundwater recharge facility after him at a special ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at 8692 South Ave.

Chavez started working for the district as a general maintenance worker in 1965 when he was just a month shy of his 18th birthday. He rose up within the promotional ranks as an equipment operator, construction foreman and superintendent/watermaster and ultimately became the assistant general manager of the district. Chavez retired in 2015.

The dedication is open to the public and includes a formal dedication and naming of the facility by action of the CID Board of Directors and an unveiling of a monument sign.

The facility that will be named after Chavez is on East South Avenue, between South Leonard and South Highland avenues, in an unincorporated area of Fresno County of Fresno east of Fowler.

The ceremony will be held near the south entrance to the facility which is on the north side of East South Avenue. Gates open at 9 a.m. and refreshments will be served.

“A staple to the District, Mr. Chavez was the longest tenured employee in the district’s 97 year history. Respected by the people he served, the employees he worked with and the management and boards he’s worked for, Mr. Chavez left a lasting impression on the lives of many. His hard work and dedication to the district will forever be appreciated,” Assistant Manager Augustine Ramirez said.

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