FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 12, 2014 —
A couple of key pieces of West Sacramento infrastructure were officially named after local leaders last week. The names were approved by the West Sacramento City Council on Wednesday for:
— “The George Kristoff Water Plant,” formerly known as the Bryte Bend Water Treatment plant. This facility sits on the city’s northern riverbank and has served as the city’s drinking water plant in 1988.
It has been named after the late George Kristoff, who helped govern the region before cityhood by serving on the East Yolo Community Services District Board. Kristoff was also a member of “People for Better Water,” which succeeded in “wresting the water system from a private purveyor that was more interested in making a profit than providing high quality water to the residents,” according to a city staff report.
Kristoff and his group helped pass a bond measure to build the plant, and helped secure rights to the use of river water to supply the town. He is the father of current city councilman Bill Kristoff.
— “The Michael McGowan Bridge” will be the name for the new crossing now under construction at South River Road and the barge canal. The bridge is expected to be finished in November, and will help better connect Southport, the “Pioneer Bluffs” area and the freeway.
It is named after current (and longtime) West Sacramentan Mike McGowan, who recently left a post on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in order to accept a governor’s appointment with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
McGowan has also been a member of the West Sacramento City Council (where he served as the city’s first mayor) and on the commission that governs the local port.
“Naming a crossing after Mike commemorates Mike’s unique ability to provide solid connections and cross over obstacles,” said a city report advocating for the bridge naming.
The two naming proposals were approved by a 4-0 vote by the council.
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