Eagle loses second leader with resignation of town engineer
EAGLE — Tom Gosiorowski, Eagle’s town engineer for nearly 15 years, submitted his resignation last week just days after the Eagle Town Board suspended Town Manager Jon Stavney.
“I wish the timing of this was different,” said Gosiorowski this week. “I am feeing anxious for my coworkers because they are going to have some instability and some tough sledding for the next few months.”
Gosiorowski is leaving Eagle to become the director of Summit County Road and Bridge.
“I am really excited about this. It’s a great opportunity for me to make an advancement in my career and stay in the environment where I want to live,” Gosiorowski said. “It is a great team of people and career opportunities like this don’t come around very often.”
Gosiorowski’s final day with the town of Eagle will be Dec. 4.
Gosiorowski started work with the town in the spring of 2001. Eagle was a much different community then and Gosiorowski’s fingerprints can be found on many of the amenities residents currently enjoy.
“We have done so many good things in Eagle. The community has grown and changed so much since I have been here,” Gosiorowski said. “What I really enjoyed about working in Eagle was I was able to work with such great teams of people.”
In that vein, Gosiorowski cited fellow staff members, previous town boards who set aside money to fund long term projects and colleagues from Eagle County and the Colorado Department of Transportation for their efforts to improve the community.
“Now I am looking forward to working with my next great team,” he said.
During his time in town, Gosiorowski worked on projects ranging from hard surface recreation paths to the Eby Creek roundabouts.
“I think the project that is most dear to my heart is the Broadway streetscape,” said Gosiorowski.
He also was involved in Eagle’s planning efforts, working with developers and consultants on proposed developments in town. Some, like Eagle River Station and the Haymeadow have not materialized, but nevertheless Gosiorowski said he is proud of the efforts staff made to ensure large-scale projects would be an add to the community.
In his new role, Gosiorowski said his efforts will be focus on service delivery rather than development review and that will be a welcome change.
As he prepares to leave, Gosiorowski’s advice to his successor and to Town Hall is simple — reach out to residents.
“The best things we did were the times when we had lot of community input,” he said “A lot of the time that looks like squabbling and fighting. But those are the times when you work to the best decisions.”
Snow usually comes and goes in this part of the state. A forecasted storm is expected to stick around for a while. Forecasters are calling for snow to persist throughout the weekend in the high country, with a prospect of a couple of feet of powder by the time the storm starts to diminish on Monday.