Mayor Cherie Wood
Welcome to South Salt Lake!
Cherie Wood is a lifelong resident of the City of South Salt Lake, and began her career with the City 24 years ago at the front counter processing utility payments. Always accepting new challenges, she strengthened her skills through various positions with the City and in 2006 was appointed as Assistant Mayor to Mayor Robert Gray. Cherie graduated from the University of Phoenix with dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Management and Business Administration. After a well-orchestrated, grass roots campaign that declared progress and change, Cherie Wood became South Salt Lake’s first female Mayor on January 4, 2010.
Mayor Wood has assembled an impressive team of department directors and as promised, has set in motion strong initiatives that will forever change the face of South Salt Lake. Under her Promise South Salt Lake initiative the City has been chosen as one of 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2012 by America's Promise Alliance and she recognized as United Way of Salt Lake's 2016 Changemaker.
"I need your voice to shape our community's future!"
Statement regarding the Granite Library
As Mayor of South Salt Lake and as a clear advocate for a new county library in our community, I feel the need to address the flurry of rumors and blatant misinformation being spread about the status of the Granite Library. My entire administration and I are working for a new library for South Salt Lake.
The project applicant, Wasatch Residential Group, is under contract to purchase 11.16 acres of the former Granite High property from Granite School District. In turn, Wasatch is seeking to amend the zoning to allow for 113 townhomes to be built on just over 6 acres, higher density than is normally allowed. They will then sell the remaining acres to Salt Lake County for the Library, IF the City Council approves their new high density zoning to allow for the townhomes.
It’s important to note that this planning process is unprecedented and complicated, requiring the oversight of our planning, legal and public safety staff. We have two talented planners on staff managing hundreds of millions of dollars of development projects in South Salt Lake. I want to thank them for navigating this unique process.
At City Council Work Meeting this Wednesday, March 6, at 6 PM, I will ask the City Council to appropriate some additional (not currently budgeted) building permit fees the city has received to the Community Development Department, allowing staff to secure additional resources/professionals to more quickly process applications. If we want our City to attract more projects like the Granite Library, we need to give our staff the support they need to make them happen. I hope our City Council will agree.
If high quality development in our community is important to you, please attend Council Meeting this Wednesday, March 6, at 6 PM to hear discussion on this topic and at 7 PM if you would like to make a comment during the citizen comments portion of the agenda.
This application for the library and townhomes is going before the Planning Commission on Thursday, March 7, at 7 PM to receive a recommendation before moving forward to the City Council for final approval.
If you have any concerns or questions about this project, please contact your city council representatives as soon as possible.
Invest in People and Improve Lives - Together
As we begin 2019 and reflect on the progress our City has experienced I am in awe. The hard work of engaged citizens, City staff, businesses and partners is evident. But there is still lots of work to do. As you may know, the guiding principal for my administration is to invest in people and improve lives. When I evaluate our City’s needs and look to the future, I see three important key priorities for 2019:
1 – Continue quality economic development that benefits residents
Our Downtown is making strides, our S-Line Neighborhood is bursting with new residents and 3300 South is rising to the top as an area with diverse opportunities. We need to continue the momentum and bring needed retail, office space, nightlife and affordable residential to our City. We also need to ensure that our Riverfront neighborhood has our support to grow and evolve in a way that supports our residents. Investing our time and resources in economic development will have a tremendous impact.
2 – Create a sustainable funding source for public safety
Those sworn to protect our community are the most dedicated and best trained employees you will find. But we are at risk of impacting our safety, if South Salt Lake is not competitive with surrounding communities. In order to retain these valuable personnel we simply must secure a viable funding source to adequately compensate them for the incredible work they do.
3 – Update needed infrastructure that residents use every day
Safe and beautiful neighborhoods rely on quality streets, utilities, sidewalks, lighting, parks and other outdoor spaces. South Salt Lake’s infrastructure is literally the solid ground we need to endure and grow. Cities all over the nation have been “kicking the can down the road” for years in terms of maintaining infrastructure. South Salt Lake cannot fall into that trap. We must invest in our existing infrastructure to ensure our City’s future success.
In the coming months, I look forward to sharing additional information on these priorities and how I believe we can accomplish them. There is works to do and I hope you will get involved and join the conversation. Spring is approaching and so is the City’s annual budget process. So I encourage you to reach out to both me and your City Council representative and let us know what is important to you!
I am fortunate to have a team of compassionate, committed employees to work with daily. We are a City of outstanding residents, partners, businesses and organizations who collaborate to make people’s lives better. Let’s invest in people and improve lives – together.
Consideration of Green Waste collection program survey
If you are a SSL resident interested in having green waste recycling please submit your information using this link. We are currently reviewing this service offering, associated costs and the number of interested residents.
Mondays with the Mayor
The Mayor is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to meet with her constituents. The first Monday of every month she has extended hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to discuss issues, concerns or ideas you have for our city. In an effort to respect the time of those attending please call 801-464-6757 to schedule your appointment for either Mondays with the Mayor or any other time you'd like to come in.