Library Board of Trustees, December 2017

December 29th, 2017  |  Published in Observer Reports

Library Board of Trustees
Dec. 18, 2017

Present: All board members

The annual organizational meeting was held, with officers reelected to serve for the coming year. The same members will be continuing to serve on the board’s financial committee, and the fiscal officer (Susan Beaver) and deputy (Amy Switzer, the library director) remain the same. Salary for the fiscal officer is unchanged at $74,000/year. The calendar of meeting dates for 2018 was approved, and the library director was authorized to acquire and dispose of materials. The organizational meeting lasted about 15 minutes.

The regular meeting followed and included comments from resident Mary Boyle. She is one of a group of citizens concerned about the prospect of tax increases, and urged the board to consider pursuing the possibility of joining the Cuyahoga County Library system, and enter into conversations in that direction.

A presentation was made by Kevin Kennedy of HBM Architects, focused on possible renovations and additions to the present library facilities at Main and Bertram Woods. The latter would involve updates and repairs and have a price tag of about $1.1 million. Plans for Main call for an addition on the east side of the existing building at ground level, amounting to about 8,400 sq. ft., to provide access and reorient the existing 44,000+ sq. ft. of space. Estimated price tag for that project is about $10.1 million. Additional technology-related and other costs would be about $700,000.

Later in the meeting, after considerable discussion, a vote was taken on the resolution to proceed with a ballot request in May for a 1.9 mill operating levy to fund the project. The resolution was approved, with Mr. Cicarella voting no to the May ballot, preferring a November date. He added comments that he fully supports the project.

The fiscal officer presented year-end projections for funding and expenditures, noting a surplus. There had been a deficit the previous year, and cost-cutting measures had been implemented. Also funding from the state was slightly higher than budgeted. The board approved moving $94,000 to the capital fund, and also adopted a temporary appropriation (through the first quarter of 2018) with expectations of completing an annual appropriation measure by March.

In the director’s report, the designation of the two libraries as Safe Spaces, in conjunction with Bellefaire, was reported and explained.
Kathleen Hickman

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