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Holmes replaces Schulz on SSJID board
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Bob Holmes, left, took the oath of office Tuesday to replace retiring Robert Schulz as Escalon area representative on the South San Joaquin Irrigation District board. - photo by GLENN KAHL
Robert Schulz’s 32 years of service on the South San Joaquin Irrigation District board ended on Tuesday.

The Escalon representative – who served almost a third of the time the 101-years-old district has been in place - was replaced by Escalon grower Bob Holmes who ran unopposed. Holmes – along with Ralph Roos of Ripon who was elected to another four-year term – took the oath of office at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Some of the district’s major accomplishments during his tenure include building the Nick DeGroot Water Treatment Plant near Woodward Reservoir, the installation of the 1.4 megawatt solar farm bearing his name that was built to provide most of the energy needed to operate the treatment plant, the implementation of a groundwater recharge program, putting in place drainage systems, and automating the district’s canal operations.

Schulz is an almond grower and small-business owner. He has served as mayor of Escalon as well as on that city’s council. He is a volunteer firefighter and longtime member of the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau.

In October Schultz was inducted into the San Joaquin County Ag Hall of Fame.