City Council Update

Sheri holding the University Heights
2020 Citizen of the Year Award
for the
Citizens Committee on Policing Policies

Professional Background; Involvement on City Council

My experience at the executive level of leadership with multiple local non-profit organizations in program development, implementation, personnel, and fiscal operations, make me someone that you can trust on City Council. Throughout my career, I have managed over 300 employees, $10M in cumulative budgets, and generated over $35M through grant writing, operations, and fund raising.

As your representative on city council, I will continue to do my best to serve the needs of our community as I have done throughout my professional and volunteer career.

University Heights City Council

2022 Chair: Service and Utilities Committee

Member: Safety Committee & Recreation Committee

It is an honor to have been assigned to be the Chair of the Service and Utilities committee. This year’s first goal of the committee is to address the recommendations of the May 2020 Solid Waste Study – in order – because it has been designed that way to support the best outcome. 

The purpose of the study was to analyze the current method of rubbish collection in an effort to identify University Heights’ Residents’ preference to achieve a more cost-effective method and improved sustainable outcome for rubbish collection. 

The first recommendation is “Education, Awareness and Program Promotion” specifically pertaining to the various forms of rubbish including solid waste and a variety of available, local, sustainable alternatives and options.

It has been made known in public meetings in the almost two years since the Solid Waste Study was presented, that there is much contaminated and unusable recycled trash. However, there has been very little if any public discussion about how to improve recycling habits. Therefore, over the course of the next few committee meetings, presenters are being invited to provide valuable information to educate and increase University Heights’ Residents’ awareness of sustainability options – because whether we change to use blue plastic bins or continue to use blue plastic bags, it is most critical to know what is and isn’t recyclable in Cuyahoga County. Together, we can learn how to evolve from being “wishful recyclers” who wishes everything is recyclable to “informed recyclers” to actually avoid contaminating recyclables.  I encourage residents of University Heights to visit the website for the most current information on how to recycle correctly. I have already started asking that the education gleaned from these presenters be incorporated into University Heights materials for all to use as a reliable and quick reference.

While the next few committee meetings will involve discussions and presentations to fulfill the education and awareness recommendation, the second recommendation is “Customer Service” specifically pertaining to the solid waste survey. In the interest of time, in an effort to work together to move this long overdue process forward, I respectfully appeal to Mayor Brennan to work together with City Council and all Residents of University Heights by mailing the valid, reliable and legislated customer service survey. By hearing from as many resident voices as possible, we may finally move forward through all seven of the Solid Waste Study recommendations.  

Education and awareness will serve to improve the sustainability habits of University Heights residents. Results from the Customer Service Survey will provide insight into the needs of University Heights residents. The outcomes will work together as a guide to make cost-effective, beneficial, and appropriate decisions for rubbish collection service in University Heights. I look forward to working collaboratively with the Mayor, City Council, and the Residents of University Heights in an informed manner.

Paid for by Friends of Sheri R. Sax, William Sax, Treasurer