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Tisdale revisited

People at the Frisco Town Hall are shocked that their town attorney, the well-regarded Patricia Tisdale, is dead.So are we in the media who saw her as a fixture at the town council table and as a source to explain legal issues.Tisdale suffered two still-unexplained strokes Sunday and died Tuesday. She leaves behind a husband and four children. An obituary appears on page A4.Tisdale, who worked in the Denver law firm of Holme, Roberts & Owen, became town attorney in 1995.She learned Frisco could be a tumultuous town.During her tenure she saw bitter rivalries among elected officials and staff and a number of notable lawsuits, including the Ten Mile Times victory regarding the town’s advertising boycott of the weekly newspaper.In 1999 and 2000, things got real interesting when Harry Troubonis obtained a Frisco business license to start a club featuring topless female employees.All he needed was a location.Troubonis thought he had a couple of spots, but a timely town moratorium on so-called adult-oriented businesses was put in place with Tisdale’s expert guidance.Then, Tisdale directed the town council through a complicated adult-oriented business ordinance.The ordinance had to satisfy Troubonis’ constitutional right to do business with bare breasts – yes, that’s a right – but limit where he could do it.In the end, Tisdale and the town council zoned a small area by the Interstate 70-Summit Boulevard exit as where an adult-oriented business could operate. The opportunities to do so are pretty minimal.Tisdale satisfied the Constitution and protected the town. It was a good job.More recently, Tisdale helped the town sort through the peninsula golf course ballot issue.Her most unpleasant experience with the town might have been the still-brewing brouhaha over health benefits for elected officials.It is a tribute to Tisdale that town employees and elected officials, present and past, greatly grieve her loss.Frisco liked Tisdale so much it changed its meeting schedule so she could attend each one.


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