April 10 marked University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld’s first 100 days in office. Mayor Infeld was sworn into office in January after former-Mayor Beryl Rothschild was required to step down from her seat after 32 years in office, due to term limits.
We commend Infeld for her efforts to re-evaluate the City’s budget, re-format the newsletter, and improve communication between the University and the City. These are the hallmark accomplishments of her first 100 days, but she is looking forward to many other reforms as well.
Her plans include modernizing the City’s Web site and putting City procedures into writing. The goal for the University Heights Web site is to make it more interactive and user-friendly and make online bill payment available to the community.
We appreciate her aggressive agenda, but the University and the city’s residents must continue to hold her accountable. Just because she achieved parts of her agenda in her first several months in office does not mean that both parties should become complacent and fail to act as watchdogs.
One of her biggest goals is to improve the relationship between John Carroll University and the rest of the University Heights community.
Mayor Infeld already demonstrated her willingness to cooperate with JCU when she proposed a successful motion that Relay for Life, the East-West high school football game and the Continental Cup be held outside without petitioning City Council each year. We feel that this is the type of progress that is needed to improve relations.
There are many other programs that she plans to implement that will mutually benefit the University and surrounding neighborhoods.
Among them are: environmental programs, community gardens, and a bicycle donation program. Her plan to donate confiscated bicycles to JCU for student use is a beneficial and practical plan. However, we must ensure that she follows through with these actions.
We feel Mayor Infeld has a lot to offer the community, including the University, and JCU should take advantage of this opportunity and once again open up a two-way dialogue.