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          When Mayor Tisdale was running for his first elected term as Your Mayor, he paid for a half page ad in The Villager.  You can view that ad here: http://tisdalecherryhills.com/?page_id=867It was a simple ad, with a simple message: Mayor Tisdale was dedicated to the idea that Cherry Hills needed more open space.  He continues to support that idea.

          Two months after being elected Mayor, Doug Tisdale initiated a series of meetings with Villager Frank Hutto.  Frank and his partner Peter Niederman owned a 2.5 acre parcel adjacent to the Joint Public Safety Facility and they were thinking of selling that property to the Village.  Mayor Tisdale convinced them that it would be a great idea to donate that property to the Village and that it could be named the Alan Hutto Memorial Commons, in honor of Frank’s young son who passed away untimely at the age of nine.  After months of negotiations over coffee at Caribou Coffee, a deal was struck: the $1.6 Million parcel would be transferred to the Village in exchange for an extremely modest sum to cover the owners’ expenses of sale along with the promise to place a small platform on the property where students could gather and put on informal performances.  On August 1, 2013 the site was dedicated, with Mayor Tisdale, the donors and dozens of other Villagers gathered to celebrate the occasion (photo above).   A video of the dedication ceremony can be viewed on KCHV-TV, Comcast Cable channel 22.

          Mayor Tisdale was also instrumental in the formation of the Quincy Farm Visioning Committee, a group of dedicated Villagers tasked with creating a vision for the 19 acre parcel that had been gifted to the Village by Cat Anderson, subject to a life estate reserved to her.  Rather than being forced to address the important issues raised by this gift in a rush after Cat’s eventual passing, Mayor Tisdale collaborated with Council in creating a Committee that would start answering those questions now.  The QFVC’s report is due to the Council by the end of this year.

          After several Council members said that the Village did not have a cohesive plan to deal with open space, Mayor Tisdale scheduled a series of public hearings and open forums on the subject of open space over the course of two months this year.  He wanted and welcomed input from residents.  Dozens of Villagers—many of “the usual suspects,” but also a large number of Villagers who had never spoken out on the issue—appeared and shared their ideas with Council.  As a result, Council is now working with the Parks Trails and Recreation Commission to effectuate the ideas discussed there and craft a coherent and cogent plan for preserving, protecting and expanding open space in the Village.

           Mayor Tisdale has proved that he keeps his campaign promises!

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