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”…
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