Water and sanitation district GM to retire
VAIL, Colorado – Eagle River Water and Sanitation District General Manager Dennis Gelvin is retiring, the district’s board said last week.Linn Brooks was named Gelvin’s successor at Thursday’s meeting. Brooks, a 12-year employee, has been the assistant general manager for four years.Gelvin was hired in 1993 by the Upper Eagle Valley Consolidated Sanitation District, a predecessor to Eagle River Water & Sanitation District. Gelvin was hired as the full-time general manager in July 1994. He then oversaw the merger of water and sewer services in Vail, which combined two local governments into one, forming the existing Eagle River Water & Sanitation District in 1996.Gelvin arrived in Vail in 1975 on a ski vacation. He returned to California only long enough to load his furniture in a U-Haul truck and return to Vail. Early on, he managed the Sunbird Lodge in Lionshead. His involvement in developing the Homestead subdivision provided broad knowledge of water and sewer infrastructure and was integral to the district partnering with the town of Vail to construct its first employee-housing complex in 1998.Gelvin’s early public service on the Edwards and Eagle-Vail metropolitan district boards led to playing a role in creating the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority, which he chaired for nearly four years. Later, as the district manager, his staff managed authority operations via its operating agreement with the district.Gelvin oversaw the district and authority’s participation in developing Eagle Park Reservoir, which provides water storage within the Eagle River basin. He supported partnerships, such as one with Vail Associates to install a pipeline through Dowd Junction that connects the district’s Vail water system with the authority’s midvalley water system. The resulting interconnected systems created a regional water system, which, when taken together, forms the second largest in western Colorado.During his tenure, the district partnered with the Eagle River Watershed Council to clean up and minimize the impact of highway traction sand in Black Gore Creek, renovated a home to create an employee housing unit and a Habitat for Humanity home and created a system for town of Vail parks to use raw water for irrigation rather than treated water.Gelvin’s three children, two daughters and a son, were raised in the valley and graduated from Battle Mountain High School. His community involvement extended to his children’s activities, including 10 years as a Buddy Werner League volunteer. Gelvin plans to relocate to the Denver area to be closer to family.For more information, go to http://www.erwsd.org or contact Brooks at 970-477-5444.