Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 2-20-2017

FEBRUARY 20, 2017

  • Fiscal officer’s report
  • Personnel report
  • Mobile hot spots and safe place designation
  • Youth services outreach

Present were President Ron Holland, Vice President Abby Botnick, Secretary Chris Mentrek and board member Suzann Moskowitz. Susan Beatty, Max Gerboc and Jim Roosa were absent.

The meeting was held from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m.

Fiscal officer’s report

Deborah Herrmann, fiscal officer, reported on the finances of Heights Libraries for January 2017. Highlights from her report included an approximate decline of $3,500 from January 2016 to January 2017 in the Public Library Fund from the State of Ohio, a decrease of $110,000 in taxes, and the annual payments paid out by the library. The tax decrease is related to the tax advance and collection dates. In February a tax advance of $90,000 was received. Annual payments include expenditures such as HSA (health savings account) employer contributions, PERS (public employee retirement system) payments, memberships, and property and liability insurance.

Personnel report

Laurie Marotta, human resources manager, shared an update of personnel changes during the month of January, including staffing, benefits and compensation. She also provided a year-end report. The board approved resolutions to hire Maggie Kinney as special projects manager, and Ann MacNamara as full-time technology trainer. The library’s group medical plan renewed in July 2016 at a 16.5 percent increase. In 2015 the plan renewal was 5.05 percent. The increase was narrowed to 11 percent by adopting plan changes and credits for participating in a wellness program. Also in July 2016, library staff received merit increases of 2 to 4 percent, which is consistent with 2015 merit increases. In addition to staffing, benefits and compensation changes, the year-end report highlighted some of the wellness initiatives taken on by library staff. Challenges such as taking the steps, eating fruits and vegetables, electronic communication of health tips, and an annual flu shot clinic were components of the 2016 wellness program.

Mobile hot spots and safe place designation

Library Director Nancy Levin informed the board of trustees that mobile hot spots will be available for library card holders beginning in May. Heights library staff has also been trained to be a safe place for youth in crisis. This effort is in collaboration with Bellefaire JCB. If a youth is in trouble and asks a staff member for help, the staff will follow a protocol to access Bellefaire JCB staff and respond to the needs of the youth on site. This is will promote safety in the area and is in response to human trafficking.

Youth services outreach

In 2016, the youth services department’s outreach efforts have increased significantly since 2014. The bookmobile visited 92 places and served 2,185 customers from October to December 2016. In addition to staff visiting schools and preschools, they have visited other organizations in the community to share books and read to community members.

LWV observer: Khaliah Fisher-Grace.

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 email postings of full reports, send an email 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 of Greater Cleveland. This disclaimer must accompany any redistribution of these reports.

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