Castner retires? Well, not really

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By LENORE RUTHERFORD

Lou Castner has ended his 35-year stint on the Jamestown Sanitary District Board of Directors.

But that doesn't mean he's slowing down.

Castner will turn 81 in April, yet he still works full time in surveillance at Chicken Ranch Bingo and volunteers as caretaker of the Jamestown Cemetery.

He's also commander of Sonora's William Lloyd Davis Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and an active member of American Legion Post 58 of Sonora and of the Disabled American Veterans.

When he joined the sewer board more than three decades ago, Castner might not have realized he would hold the job into the next century.

In 1969, he agreed to fill a vacancy on the Jamestown Sanitary District Board. Every four years since, he was re-elected, until December, when he finally called it quits.

"After all these years, I decided I needed some rest," he said. "It's time for the young guys to take their turn."

District Operations Manager Ron Boyd-Snee said Castner held an important role in improving Jamestown's sewer treatment system.

"He was one of the leaders that kept things moving forward," Boyd-Snee said, "especially when we had trouble with overflows and an antiquated system."

Castner was instrumental in getting about $2 million in grants to upgrade the system in 1986, Boyd-Snee said.

"He is a very dear man," said DeAnn Wise, board secretary. "I know he is a very busy man, but we will miss him a lot."

In his 35 years, Castner said the Jamestown board reached some goals he is particularly proud of, such as buying a sewer treatment plant site near Quartz Reservoir.

"The plans are ready to go," he said. "It will happen eventually."

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