City of Lyndhurst, Ohio Executive Sessions
Agendas & Minutes
February 18, 2013: Executive Session
There will be a Special Meeting of Council to be held on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers to review the plans for the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.
Patrick A. Ward, Vice Mayor
Lane A. Schlessel, Councilman
Keith C. Packard, Councilman
February 18, 2013: Executive Session
The Council of the City of Lyndhurst met in Special Session on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 7:00 P.M., Vice Mayor Patrick A. Ward, presiding.
Council Representatives: J. A. Gambatese, C. A. LoPresti, J. A. Marko, K. C. Packard, L. A. Schlessel, D. A. Frey.
Others Present: R. F. Porrello, Chief of Police; M. A. Franco, Assistant Clerk of Council; Sari Feldman, Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library; Robert Varley, Chairman of the Board for Cuyahoga County Public Library.
Mr. Ward announced the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Cuyahoga County Public Library's proposed move. Mr. Ward introduced special guests Sari Feldman, Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library and Robert Varley Chairman of the Board for Cuyahoga County Public Library.
Sari Feldman read the following comments into the record:
I am Sari Feldman, Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) Executive Director. With me are Trustees Dale Powers and Robert Varley and a number of members of the Library staff.
1. Let me start by framing our conversation and stressing that CCPL is a system of 28 branches serving 47 communities across Cuyahoga County. We have a responsibility to act in the best interest of the system and the nearly 620,000 residents we serve.
-We've earned the Library Journal 5 Star Library designation for libraries our size the past four years, and we topped the list of 5 Star systems for third year in a row.
-We are currently the busiest public library system in the country with the highest per capita circulation of any library serving a population of our size.
2. We arrived at our plan for the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch as part of the broader capital improvement program, which is aiming for two outcomes: to enhance service and to reduce our operating costs.
These are the facts:
3. CCPL will continue to serve as a responsible steward of the historic building.
4. The new SEU Branch will offer enhanced service at a more reasonable operating cost.
Mr. Gambatese asked when discussions began regarding the move of the library and the process of informing the public of their meetings.
Mr. Frey stated there is not a better location than the present location to serve both communities and be within walking distance from both the junior and high school.
Mr. Schlessel expressed concern that residents were not addressed politely when calling with questions. Mr. Schlessel stated that many senior residents have voiced their concern that the distance will prevent them from visiting the library.
Mr. Ward said bus services are not available to the new location.
The following citizens voiced their concerns regarding the proposed move of the South Euclid Lyndhurst library:
Tina Tricarichi, 5610 Chelmsford, Lyndhurst
Marge Cirillo, 5173 Graham, Lyndhurst
Renee Epstein, 1855 Winchester, Lyndhurst
Francine Willis, 5122 Spencer, Lyndhurst
Peggy Garr, 5473 Kilbourne, Lyndhurst
Jeff Price, 5372 Chickadee, Lyndhurst
Dr. Michael Anderson, 5270 Golfway, Lyndhurst
Richard Clark, 5347 Chickadee, Lyndhurst
E. Dale Inkley, 5126 E. Farnhurst, Lyndhurst
Anand Nadar, 5037 Bristol, Lyndhurst
Elizabeth Anderson, 5270 Golfway, Lyndhurst
Jody Turk, 1424 Beaconfield, Lyndhurst
Steve Hamilton, 4997 Delevan, Lyndhurst
Vilija Klimas, 4893 South Sedgewick, Lyndhurst
Edward Klimas, 4893 South Sedgewick, Lyndhurst
Linda Green, 4651 Whitehall, South Euclid
Kathleen Gulden, 4992 Fairlawn, Lyndhurst
Barbara Klinger, 4943 Mayfield, Lyndhurst
It was moved by Mr. Marko, seconded by Mr. Gambatese, that the meeting be adjourned.
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
Meeting adjourned at 8:02 P.M.