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Fran Mentch October 21, 2013 at 12:01 am
Sorry, I forgot to add the link! Here is the link to the information about rules regardingRead More preservation of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Please note that if no federal money is spent on the building, the owner can do "whatever they want" to the building.http://www.nps.gov/history/nR/faq.htm#modify
Garry Kanter October 21, 2013 at 12:04 am
So sad. So expected. So unnecessary.
Homer Calcalavecchia November 12, 2013 at 06:31 am
So what.
Garry Kanter August 30, 2013 at 03:31 pm
The per citizen value is even lower, as that water serves all of us, not just resident of SE. ThisRead More wanton disregard for We The People, now and future, is inexcusable.
Garry Kanter July 9, 2013 at 07:13 pm
It's not complicated, is it?
Laura Matt Gagnon July 10, 2013 at 01:40 pm
That is such a beautiful building. I assume that the property is now zoned for commercial/ retailRead More of some sort. I would hate to see what happens to not only that building, but the beautiful property if it is sold. I worked on the roof replacement design for that building about 13 years ago - Ludowici Tile - that roof will be good forever - so I am biased, but I'd like to see it stay the library.
Bonnie Dolezal July 13, 2013 at 05:48 pm
I have visited the new County Library on Som Center Rd. on the Cuy. Lake County border. It isRead More awful. There are few books and lots of computers. I have spoken to others that agree. I will NEVER go there. Perhaps someone on Cuy. Cty Council needs to hear from residents on this! I have voiced my opinion to one of them. They need to hear from more!
Ralph Solonitz April 8, 2013 at 02:37 pm
I agree with Fran.I want more "quality of life!"
Diane DiPiero Rodio April 8, 2013 at 09:11 pm
It's a beautiful building. I've been taking my kids there since they were toddlers. They would notRead More feel as "at home" in a new facility as they do at the mansion.
Ted Dick April 9, 2013 at 03:26 am
I agree with you and admire your fights good luck with this one.
Ted Dick March 15, 2013 at 04:57 pm
I am impressed by Fran Mentch's commitment to the community - I say if Notre Dame needs 5 acres --Read More soon they can have Severence Mall once WalMart abandons it to move to that beautiful green space that once was a golf course - Ms. Mentch has fought for us to retain valuable resources in the community and it is about time we supported her.
Garry Kanter March 15, 2013 at 04:59 pm
Amen, brother! But I don't understand the ND thing. No matter.
Fran Mentch March 16, 2013 at 11:32 pm
Ted and Garry, Thank you both for your kind words. I really appreciate it! Fran PS I hopeRead More everyone will sign our online petition: bit.ly/TellingLibrary or email Ed FitzGerald (ContactEd@cuyahogacounty.us) and ask him to ask the Library Board to take Telling Mansion off the market.
Garry Kanter March 3, 2013 at 03:41 pm
Awesome job, Fran! That decision to close and sell the Telling Mansion is wrong for so manyRead More reasons. You mention a bunch of them, and there are lots more!
John H. January 11, 2013 at 06:01 pm
Desktops are easier to upgrade, harder to steal, and easier to monitor by library personal thanRead More Laptops or tablets. They are the obvious choice for public access computers for any library. This doesn't mean that can't also provide free Wi-fi for other devices, but the library should not provide tablets and smart phones.
Garry Kanter January 11, 2013 at 07:07 pm
Why abandon such a beloved and historic place, just because desktops are harder to steal? None ofRead More the reason for moving make a lick of sense.
John H. January 11, 2013 at 10:40 pm
I wasn't defending the move, just that tablets and laptops may not be practical for a publicRead More library. Certainly if CCPL decides to go with desktop computers they can do so in their current abode. Or even if they move to tablets and laptops they can do that in either place. The choice between buildings and locations doesn't change the technology choice.
Garry Kanter January 7, 2013 at 02:55 am
Fran, you are getting *really* good at presenting the issues. How could any reasonable person seeRead More this differently? *Plus*, there's all the specialness of the Telling Mansion. I've been reading the comments on the petition. There are *hundreds* of heartfelt, personal stories of how much that special, magical old place means to so many people, and their whole families! It would be a travesty, and a loss to the entire region, if that wonderful building wasn't available for the public to experience. And that's almost every day of the week. Not many grand buildings are so accessible to We The People. Keep up the great work!!!
Vera January 7, 2013 at 03:05 am
Great article Fran! My husband and I walked around the SE library on Saturday and it was so sad toRead More think that it might not be around in the future
Garry Kanter January 8, 2013 at 07:58 am
Did they have any figures or reports to back up their claims? You can't both be right. And let'sRead More see how they came to the thoughtless decision to leave the beloved Telling Mansion.
Garry Kanter November 19, 2012 at 12:05 am
Great job by everyone in sleuthing this thing! *Nothing* in politics ever "just happens".Read More There's always a reason, usually having to do with $, fame/glory, and/or favors. Every now and again, roughly on the same schedule as Haley's Comet, a politician will be motivated to serve We The People. There's usually an oversight or error responsible, whenever that happens.
Fran Mentch November 19, 2012 at 01:11 pm
The meeting is TODAY, Monday, November 19, 2012. At 7pm TONIGHT. Please help save Telling Mansion.Read More Because no federal money was spent on Telling no law protects it. The new owner could do anything, include tear it down. People assume that because Telling is on the National Register of Historic Places that it is protected. Cleveland Restoration Society verified that Telling is NOT protected. See you tonight.
Sunny Simon November 16, 2012 at 05:41 pm
From: County Council Member Sunny Simon The Cuyahoga County Public Library is under the controlRead More and management of a statutory board of seven members appointed for seven-year terms. Monday evening’s meeting is simply an opportunity for South Euclid-Lyndhurst residents to be more fully informed about the library’s decision and plans for the Telling Mansion and the new library site; to offer comments and to ask questions. The Cuyahoga County Council has no authority to overturn a decision by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Board of Trustees.
Garry Kanter November 16, 2012 at 06:12 pm
County Councilprson Simon is an elected representative of We The People. I hope lots of herRead More constituents will let her know of their displeasure with the Telling Mansion decision. And I hope the councilperson will use her office to advance the will of We The People regarding this matter. For the county councilperson to imply she can do "*nothing* strikes me as very jaded and cynical.
Fran Mentch November 17, 2012 at 05:16 pm
We citizens depend on our elected officials to use their political influence to bring about what isRead More the best for our communities. All our elected officials can do is try to talk with the Cuyahoga County Library Board members about this issue and persuade them to keep the Library in the Telling Mansion. There is NO evidence that any elected official has done so. We appreciate and thank the officials who have said they do not like the idea, and we urge them to DO SOMETHING to save Telling Mansion. Many elected officials are very quick to become vitriolic and nasty with citizens --so why are they so reluctant and demure in dealing with this important issue? Cuyahoga County LIbrary Board and administration will probably move on, resign or retire in the next 10 years, but the community will live with this loss FOREVER. SUNNY, PLEASE HELP US SAVE TELLING MANSION!
Garry Kanter October 23, 2012 at 01:34 am
Let's work together to keep those bad things from happening. Being as council isn't part of theRead More solution, I see them as the problem.
michaelschwartz October 23, 2012 at 01:48 am
Garry, it will never happen as the Democrats have carte blanche in this city. The citizenry neverRead More raises a peep about any of this. Look at all the Obama/Brown signs plastered all over. The sheeple take any directive hook, line, and sinker. And don't get me started on te Heights schools--another bastion of no accountability highly paid teacher union controlled happy talk while the system goes down the drain.
Garry Kanter October 23, 2012 at 01:56 am
Let's take it one bite at a time. Five council members will run for election in 2013. We have 13Read More months to figure something out. We only fail if we don't try, or we quit.
Fran Mentch November 1, 2012 at 04:11 am
Mr. Mitchell, I am sorry to have upset you with the drawing; I never meant to send a negativeRead More message about you or any other current businesses. It honestly never entered my mind. I was talking about a proposal on Meadowbrook-Lee. But, I am happy that you read the article and chimed in. I feel our efforts to stop a COMMERCIAL and residential tax abatement and free land to Orlean Co. SUPPORTS all the other businesses and landlords in the area. Subsidizing Orlean will hurt your business. If you have to compete in the market without an abatement, shouldn't everyone else?
Fran Mentch November 1, 2012 at 03:44 pm
We are in the process of removing the drawing that was offensive to Mr. Mitchell and have replacedRead More it. As the great philosopher John Dewey pointed out, business and citizens are in a community and must treat each other morally and ethically and work together for the welfare of the whole community. We have to work together.
Garry Kanter November 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm
Great job, Fran and Ralph! Did he request that, or did he just complain?
Garry Kanter August 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm
Right on!
Charles Taylor August 31, 2012 at 08:36 pm
An earlier post by Gary suggested there were legal impediments to granting a tax abatement to aRead More going concern, such as the Orleans Company that involved principles with prior unresolved tax liens. The allegation involved Ken Lurie obligations and the further suggestion of a reclassification of his position to avoid this state law prohibition. Can we explore, through this lens, a legal challenge to any abatement upon this basis? If Lurie is a principle in this going concern, changing his title and classification may be legally cognizable as fraud. Whether and what type of development should be imposed on this parcel may be open for debate, but allowing Orleans anywhere near this decision is irresponsible and might not be able to withstand legal scrutiny in court.
Garry Kanter August 31, 2012 at 09:23 pm
Thanks for bringing this up!!! In a telephone conversation, I informed the law director of KenRead More Lurie's inclusion on the October, 2011 Cuyahoga County Dirty Dozen Delinquent Property Owners listing. He was not previously aware of this. He said that Lurie would have to disclose that, and that a tax abatement can't be given to someone that has a tax delinquency with any taxing authority in the state of Ohio. A week or so later, in a phone conversation, a council member told me that issue had been resolved. She explained that Lurie was an "employee of the Orlean Company." I don't think the taxpayers' interests are being represented with "solutions" like that. It highlights the inherent conflicts when a developer "partners" with the mayor and council. How can We The People's best interests be served, while those elected to represent me, and their subordinates, are looking for ways to keep the deal alive? I want to be represented, not sold to. Channel 5: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/list-revealed-cuyahoga-county-cracks-down-on-dirty-dozen-delinquent-taxpayers The PD: http://www.cleveland.com/naymik/index.ssf/2011/11/its_about_time_cuyahoga_county.html Ken Lurie's response to the PD. What's that saying about the guy who represents himself?: http://blog.cleveland.com/letters/2011/11/developer_responds_to_unfair_c.html
Richard Hollis August 29, 2012 at 09:21 pm
Fran's original post states that the developer told the BOE that he could make it work without anRead More abatement.
Garry Kanter August 29, 2012 at 09:53 pm
My bad! I jumped into the wrong response to the wrong statement. Yes, the developer showed aRead More positive cash flow of $41,000 in the first year. That's after debt service. And "reserves", which is socking $ away for a rainy day. And paying the whole unabated tax bill. Publicly, they have demonstrated no need for any abatement of any size. Or for "donated land".
Gary Maddox September 24, 2012 at 01:30 pm
I applaud the vigorous debate on the merits of the development. Hopefully, more folks will takeRead More interest. The vigilance dispayed is worthy of escalated attention. At the heart of it all is what is best for Cleveland Heights, and the passion driving this quest is worthy of commendation. Bravo!!
Just Joe August 1, 2012 at 09:21 pm
Maybe if we had a sane Energy Policy in the United States this would not be the case. Blame Obama
Garry Kanter August 2, 2012 at 01:59 am
Great job, Fran. The full term is "Hydraulic Fracturing". Pretty obvious why *that*Read More term doesn't get much ink.
Garry Kanter August 2, 2012 at 02:20 am
Well, the lack of hydraulic fracturing regulations at the federal level, even by the EPA, is oftenRead More referred to as the Haliburton Gift. Cheney made that happen just weeks into his first admin, in 2001.
Emily Jones July 24, 2012 at 02:38 am
Fran, again you lack coherency. You said that Dennison needed to stay open "Because the DenisonRead More area has large numbers of poor children". Yet, you are advocating "raise fees on swimming passes". Why would you "raise fees on swimming passes", if the purpose of Dennison pool is for "poor kids" to have a place to swim? Fran, please do all of us Patch readers a favor and "think before you post".
Michelle Simakis July 24, 2012 at 10:09 am
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Fred Weiser July 29, 2012 at 09:56 pm
I believe council in this case is doing the right thing. Too many of us in Cleveland Heights areRead More barely holding on. It is time to cut some of the fat from the budget, closing Denison is the right thing to do.
Fran Mentch July 10, 2012 at 09:42 pm
The cost of $5 million came directly from the library director, Sari Feldman.
Richard Hollis July 10, 2012 at 09:55 pm
What will become of that beautiful building if they build a new library. Wal-Mart, CVS, Taco Bell?Read More This idea must have come from the same people who want to "repurpose" the CH-UH schools.
Hallie Rich July 11, 2012 at 04:38 pm
Sari Feldman added information about the Cuyahoga County Public Library South Euclid-LyndhurstRead More Branch in a new blog post: http://clevelandheights.patch.com/blog_posts/saving-money-through-efficient-building-design Also, Richard, the current South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch is owned by CCPL, so it will be sold to a buyer that will have to respect its place on the National Register of Historic Places.
Paul Gaffney June 24, 2012 at 10:29 pm
Of course dogs should not be banned from our parks! I couldn't believe when I first moved here sixRead More years ago that the city has such a rule -- it was one thing that made us think twice about buying a house in Cleveland Heights.
Emily Jones June 11, 2012 at 01:48 am
Fran, what decision are you talking about? Last I read, the School Board was "negotiating"Read More a potential long term lease with Mosdos for use of the Millikin School. I have not heard or read of any "Decision" on these lease negotiations? I do recall that it was reported on Patch, that Board President, Karen Jones said that the long term lease option would be the "first option that will be made available" and that sale of Millikin was not off the table. Fran, are you trying to "pressure" the School Board with your post or are you involved with the negotiations and are speaking from a position of knowledge? I sure hope you are not trying to "force" your beliefs on the School Board members. Last time you did that with South Euclid and Oakwood, it did not turn out well.
Fran Mentch June 11, 2012 at 11:41 am
Emily (is that really your name?), Ad hominem attacks are inappropriate in this kind of socialRead More forum. I am expressing my opinion. You, of course, can and should do the same. Please talk about the topic. I am not the topic. Also, please have members of your congregation cease and desist sending odd mail to my home. Thank you.
linda jenkins May 31, 2012 at 02:21 am
Carol,I am positive too,it's the positive approach and outlook that I know with all my heart, thatRead More there will be some good in the outcome of it all .I'm a firm believer in goodness and the light that comes to us all with the beauty of the gift of Life.
Garry Kanter May 31, 2012 at 03:24 am
I tried to get involved, but the leader of the Taylor Road citizens shunned me. Not even a kissRead More good-bye.
Carol June 10, 2012 at 09:23 pm
I would have had more faith they were speaking the truth had they openly admitted it was about theRead More cost of putting in an extra curb, and not about the sewer location, which we can see was not true.
Garry Kanter November 30, 2011 at 06:48 am
Thank you for this great summary of the amazing battle you and CfO fought. I know that your wrap upRead More could have been twice as long, or even 10 times as long. They threw everything at you guys, including the kitchen sink. And still, going into election day, your record was a perfect 3 - 0. But they just had too much misinformation, and the $ and the council to sell it. I hope you and the others will fight these guys with just as much vigor when they go for rezoning in CH!
Garry Kanter November 4, 2011 at 01:36 am
Great post, Fran. Your tip about only voting for the 2, and not 3 on council, needs moreRead More promotion!!! It's important!!
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