A member of the Save the Mansion Library group individually voices, from a unique perspective, her comments on this unbalanced position of the two sides to this major decision:
I am writing to you from Parma Jail where I am serving a 30 day sentence. I was found guilty on 3/4/14 of a misdemeanor simple assault charge for pulling Sari Feldman’s hair. She is the director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.
I was convicted of a single tug; Ms. Feldman signed a legal document stating that she was not harmed.
I am 62 years old, have no criminal record, have never been charged with a crime, have never sued anyone or been sued. I don’t even have any points on my license!
I am incarcerated, but please understand that my sentence is a message…
Don’t question the decision made by or for the Cuyahoga County Library. They have made it clear that the county and its resources are theirs, not ours. Other than paying taxes and voting… citizen participation is not wanted. They intend to chill public discourse.
The county library board was given independence and broad powers by the Ohio legislature many years ago.
It’s hard for me to imagine that those legislators would support the violation of the public trust that we and other communities in Cuyahoga County have endured from the CCPL Board. Legislators must have envisioned a benign board otherwise wouldn’t they have provided some form of oversight?
Even if you do not care about the Telling Mansion property, I think you’ll agree that selling it was fiscally unwise. CCPL’s consultant stated it would cost 5 million dollars to renovate all three Telling buildings, not just the current library; this included an elevator. The estimate for the new library is 12.6 million dollars.
Let it be known that the CCPL Board was presented with the following list of compromises at the November 2013 appeals meeting by concerned citizens and the committee’s lawyer regarding the sale of Telling Mansion, but that all of them were rejected by the CCPL Board.
1. Part of Telling Mansion remains in operation as a CCPL library branch in perpetuity.
2. CCPL establishes a preservation easement with the Cleveland Restoration Society for Telling Mansion.
3. CCPL establishes a conservation easement with Friends of Euclid Creek for the rain gardens and property along Euclid Creek.
4. CCPL pays for or provides a statistically valid survey of the residents of South Euclid and Lyndhurst asking them whether or not they want a new library.
5. CCPL develops and adopts a corrective action plan that will insure, by use of statistically valid surveys, that citizens from each and every community are included in the planning of any future capital improvements.
6. CCPL requests that the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District review the site plan for the proposed library on Green Rd.
Finally, many of you heard the Board and director promise that if sold, Telling would be preserved. Truth is that Telling was sold with NO historic preservation. There is language in the purchase agreement that sounds like protection, but it is empty legalese.
Please help the “Save the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Mansion Library Committee”…
Fran Mentchby admin
Dear Save the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Save the SE-L Mansion Library Supporters,
Please excuse the recent lack of active posting from the Committee. As some of you may or may not be aware, this cause is very labor-intensive and all consuming for a number of amazing and dedicated volunteers who have given every second of their free time and more to this cause and our Community.
2 years ago, many of us, would have never thought nor could have ever imagined what this effort would actually require in: energy, time, money, research, organization, management, accounting, writing, legal, web, press releases, videography, public relations, awareness raising, networking, politics, meetings, negotiations, conservation, preservation, picketing and activism.
We would like to start the discussion by sharing the following quote with you which we feel accurately reflects the situation where most of the community is trying to support saving the mansion versus the powers that be:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm,
the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause,
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
The above is not to claim that those who want to Save the Mansion Library (and believe us when we say there are many and are not just active members of this Committee) are big heroes but rather to illustrate the David and Goliath like position between the taxpayers who object to this major move and the powers that be who really do not have any checks and balances on their decisions once they are appointed, no real requirement that they truly take into consideration citizen input. As with any human endeavor mistakes have been made, but our cause is still alive.
In upcoming days, we would like to share some of the more personal aspects of this journey with you and address a situation that transpired on September 24, 2013 at the CCPL board meeting in Parma. Supporters came in from as far away as the West Coast of the US. to voice their objections and dismay to the Telling Mansion being sold and no longer utilized as the public library for our community.by admin