Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 5-20-2019

MAY 20, 2019


  • Coventry Peace Campus presentation
  • Financial report
  • Budget submission
  • Lee Road basement repairs
  • A 2019-2020 medical benefits
  • Coventry basement waterproofing
  • Advanced ASL classes
  • Coding for Kids program
  • Circulation report


Present were President Chris Mentrek, Vice President James Roosa, Secretary Dana Fluellen, Max Gerboc and Vikas Turakhia.

Coventry Peace Campus presentation

Deanna Fisher Bremer, president of Coventry PEACE Campus and executive director of FutureHeights, gave a presentation to the Board of Trustees about the current financial status, grant proposals planned, and upcoming events of the Coventry PEACE Campus. The non-profit members of the Coventry PEACE Campus are Ensemble Theater, ARTFUL, Family Connections, Lake Erie Ink, FutureHeights, and Reaching Heights.

Financial report

The board reviewed and accepted the February financial statement. Total cash balances across the operating accounts, Bauer Fund accounts, and investment accounts at the end of April was $15,501,851.01.

Budget submission

The board approved a resolution that the Tax Budget, indicating the income needed by the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library for the year 2020, is $22,728,342 in revenue from the general fund. Of that, $2,700,000 would be received from the Public Library Fund of the State of Ohio, be submitted to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board for submission to Cuyahoga County on or before July 20, 2019.

Lee Road basement repairs

The board approved a purchase order for $12,761 to Cleveland Building Restoration for concrete repair in the Lee Road library basement

2019-2020 medical benefits

The board authorized the finance manager to enter into a contract with United Health Care for employee medical and prescription coverage, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The health insurance cost to the library is not anticipated to exceed $610,000 annually.

Coventry basement waterproofing

The board approved a contract with Studio Techne for $16,500 for assistance in technical drawing, bid and permit specifications review, and construction administration associated with a proposal to waterproof the basement in Coventry Branch library, making that space available for staff and patrons.

Advanced ASL classes

Another series of advanced ASL (American Sign Language) classes are offered to the public at the Coventry Village library. There classes are the only free advanced ASL classes in the area and allow people to learn to communicate with deaf family members or clients.

Coding for Kids program

The University Heights library presented a Coding for Kids Program where those attending explored a variety of coding toys and learned how to use Cosmo robot, coding on the iPad, and other fun educational coding options.

Circulation report

The circulation report presented to the board showed that physical materials constitute over 90 percent of the current circulation, that all four branches showed an increase in circulation in April 2019, compared to April 2018, and that the overall total number of visitors to the libraries is also higher this year than last year.

Next meeting will be held at the Lee Road Library on Monday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m.

LWV Observer, Elizabeth M. Tracy.

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