Plant renamed in honor of Ludlow

Submitted photo The city of Buckhannon held a rededication ceremony last week to honor longtime city engineer Sam Ludlow. The city’s sewage facility will now be known as the Sam Ludlow Sewer Plant.

BUCKHANNON — One of Buckhannon’s longest-tenured employees has been honored publicly as the city facility where he works was renamed the Sam Ludlow Sewer Plant.

The city welcomed friends, family, current and former staff members to a rededication ceremony June 21 to recognize Ludlow.

Though Ludlow is not retiring, he has dedicated more than 40 years to serving the community, which was the inspiration behind the facility’s rededication.

Originally from Delaware, Ludlow first came to the area when he took a job as an environmental engineer with the Region VII Planning and Development Council in Buckhannon, where he worked from 1973-80.

From 1980-88, Ludlow was employed as an engineer and office manage for Kelley, Gidley, Blair and Wolfe’s Buckhannon Operations, KGBW having served as the city’s primary consulting engineering firm during that time.

In 1988, Ludlow accepted the position of city engineer and superintendent of Buckhannon’s sewer plant, which was largely designed by Ludlow. The plant was intended to serve the community for 30-40 years when it opened in 1987; however, with Ludlow’s leadership of the facility, it is currently estimated that the plant has a life expectancy of an additional 40-50 years.

“Today, we celebrate our talented, visionary and excellent colleague, friend and public servant who has done so much for all of us in our B-U community,” said Mayor David McCauley during his opening remarks. “The tremendous ownership and oversight that Sam Ludlow and his staff have assumed during the past 31 years of the operation of this facility, allow us to predict today that this plant has another 40-50 years of life given the superb maintenance of and constant improvements to it.”

Ludlow established a “firm policy regarding control of sewer extensions and has become actively engaged in the construction of extensions, replacement sewers, and storm sewers,” according to the city’s website.

Other speakers for the rededication ceremony included Tony Gum, Jerry Arnold, Amby Jenkins, Rim Rock, Erasmo Rizo, Mark Sankoff, Jeff Ford, Gene Frye, Bud McCallister, Buck Samples and Phil Loftis.