Library Board of Trustees Regular Meeting, March 19, 2018

March 31st, 2018  |  Published in Observer Reports

Library Board of Trustees
March 19, 2018

Present: All Board members (Mr. Cicarella and Ms. Garrett were each a few minutes late), Library Director Amy Switzer and some library employees

The meeting was called to order at 6:36 p.m.

Half of the meeting was devoted to a presentation by Tania Menesse, head of the economic development office of the city of Shaker Heights, reporting the history and progress of the Van Aken District project. Details can be found at the website Vanakendistrict.com. About 18 acres are under site control. The development, nearing completion of Phase 1, will include 103 apartments, about 64,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space, a 300+ space parking garage (parking will be free), and an array of retail spaces. Retail shops and restaurants will begin opening in July and August. The site will also include a public park. Developers have been aiming for coordination with RTA.

In official business, the bylaws review has been moved to the April meeting. Mr. Cicarella was congratulated for his reappointment to a seven-year term. The fiscal officer produced the monthly report, which was accepted (nothing exceptional), and the board adopted the budget for 2018 (having been working under a temporary budget since the beginning of the year, as the previous year’s accounts have been closed).

Ms. Spitzer reported that library personnel will be presenters at a national conference on the topic of community engagement. The Barbara Luton art competition opens March 25 with a reception. Arbor Day activities are being coordinated with the city. She also noted that she was pleased that health insurance increases have been held to 3 percent (for April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019). At the end of 2017, there was a balance of $142,000 in the endowment fund held at the Cleveland Foundation, 6 percent of which is available each year for distribution (this is not part of the budget).

Minor policy changes were approved. Gifts were accepted and personnel action reported (departures and hires).

The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.
Kathleen Hickman

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