Cherry Hills Village Mayor, Laura Christman, announced she has opened her re-election campaign. First elected in 2014, Christman explained that it is important to her to complete the projects and fulfill the agenda that first brought her into public service.
“I have always tried to listen to our community and neighbors, including differing opinions. This has always served me well. Through discourse comes better decision making.” Together with the city council, we have accomplished a number of goals which were priorities in the Village Masterplan, but which had been languishing. Christman pointed out that when she started as mayor both the existing Public Works Facility and City Hall were in violation of FEMA, environmental laws, and the American’s with Disability Act in addition to suffering serious deferred maintenance.
Christman, as well as members of the council, discovered that there was no long-term fiscal management in place. The CHV functioned solely based upon a one year budget. It took leadership both at the mayor level and city council to make bold changes to create financial change and fiscal responsibility in the Village, among them, creating a 10-year financial plan. It takes leadership to hire a new city manager with the skills to make fiscal responsibility a mantra.
Under Christman’s leadership, a new Public Works Facility has been constructed in Sheridan, on time and under budget, a new City Hall is in the process of being constructed on time and on budget, and Meade Park is being developed as a recreational park for the enjoyment of all citizens.
By combining the three projects costs were kept down, services were not impacted (in fact the police department added an officer) and taxes were not increased. Christman believes with careful thought and planning the semi-rural Village can live within its budget while still accomplishing many of the goals of the master plan.
Christman is a former real estate partner at Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber and a 30 year Cherry Hills Village resident. Christman is proud of her work with council and staff to update the website to make it easier to navigate, professionalizing the Village Crier and making it a monthly communication, initiating the first drone law in Colorado and creating ordinances prohibiting short-term Airbnb type rentals in neighborhoods. Christman explained, “These may seem like small things, but they all add to the safety, security and community feel of our Village.”
The mayor and three members of city council are on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot as non-partisan officials.
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