Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 10-15-12

OCTOBER 15, 2012

  • Dobama lease agreement
  • Foundation established to aid in fundraising
  • Contractor chosen for Heights Knowledge & Innovation Center
  • September Public Service report highlights

All board members were present.

Dobama lease agreement

Dobama wishes to renegotiate its lease with the library, primarily because funds are not available to pay the increase scheduled for January. The lease ties annual rent to ticket sale receipts, and Dobama’s current fiscal year sales call for an increase of $7,000. Jennifer Stapleton, Dobama board vice president, said, however, that other sources of revenue have been a problem and funds do not exist to increase the rent beyond an additional $400 per year. Dobama has offered to pay the additional $400 retroactively for the three years that it has occupied space in the library. After discussion, a unanimous board passed a resolution not to renegotiate the lease at this time.

Another unresolved issue between the library and Dobama is the amount of liability insurance, $1 million, carried by Dobama since it began serving wine to patrons. When Dobama presented the question of beverage service to the library board, the board was amenable but the library’s insurance carrier recommended $2 million liability coverage. After much deliberation, the board unanimously passed a resolution to instruct the director “ . . . to review the operating agreement provisions in light of this breach of Library policy and seek legal counsel for appropriate action . . .”

Fundraising foundation established

The Fund for the Future of Heights Library, a foundation, held its first meeting on Oct. 17 with the election of seven directors, including board member Jim Roosa, representing the library board. The foundation’s mission is to raise funds for large capital projects as well as to enable planned giving for the library. For example, if a donor chose to gift the library with stock, the library would have to sell it. The foundation, however, would be able to hold stock.

Contractor chosen for Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center

At a special meeting on Oct. 1, Sterling Professional Group was chosen as contractor for the Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center. Construction is to be completed in 110 days for a total of $485,300 from the Building and Repair Fund. The former YMCA gym will be renovated to become a new computer lab for long-term reservations. Meetings, presentations and large classes will have a flexible space with wireless access and sound system installations.

The former computer gallery space will be renovated with a new false ceiling, lighting and carpeting, while the art gallery space in the atrium will not be changed.

September Public Service report highlights:

  • Bill Rubin, librarian, gave the introductory session in a series of programs on genealogy research. Advanced programs will be scheduled.
  • Claudia Taller, author of Ohio’s Lake Erie Wineries, spoke about Ohio’s wine history. Kara Hamley-O’Donnell, Cleveland Heights city planner, talked about a late 1800s Heights winery. Following the program there was an optional wine tasting at The Wine Spot.
  • Preschool outreach programs have been scheduled with 11 preschools and day care centers.
  • Henry Drak, librarian, began Planet Storytime, focusing on exploring nature through stories, songs and hands-on examples.
  • Claire McMillan, author of Gilded Age, began the fall season of the Cedar-Coventry Author Series following an interview with Dee Perry on WCPN the day before her appearance.
  • Amanda Rome, Noble Neighborhood librarian, attended Mother Goose on the Loose training and will offer this specialized musical storytime during the winter.
  • A Cleveland Heights police officer presented Keeping Safe at Home and in the City to 40 people at Noble Neighborhood Library.
  • At the University Heights Library, Freda Saleem, LISW, of RapArt/Center for Families and Children, held twice-weekly Girls Circle gatherings in September.
  • A special project is bicycle outreach, which will obtain a vending trike for use in schools, nursing homes, grocery stores, etc.

LWV observer: Anne S. McFarland.

These meeting summaries are abstracted from LWV observers’ written reports. The summaries have been edited and prepared by Anne McFarland, Charlene Morse, and Maryann Barnes. To receive e-mail postings of full reports, send an e-mail to or join through Google groups using “lwv-chuh observer reports” as a search phrase.

These reports contain member observation and selected highlights of public meetings and are not official statements of the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area. This disclaimer must accompany any redistribution of these reports.

League of Women Voters

Observer Corps editor for the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters, Cuyahoga Area

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