Library opponent speaks to Bay Dems

The proposed new library in Cahoon Park in Bay Village threatens water quality in Lake Erie and is a waste of beautiful land along the lakeshore, according to Frances Mentch, co-chair of the water committee of the local Sierra Club.

Mentch will speak at the Monday, Aug. 14, meeting of the Bay Village Democratic Club. The session starts at 7 p.m. at the Bay police station community room, 28000 Wolf Road.

“I’m not against development,” said Mentch. “But, there’s other places to build a library.”

Mentch believes that rain water runoff from the building and parking lot could contribute to filling the sewer system, creating overflows that go directly into the lake.

“There isn’t a lot of open, green space along the lake,” she said. “It’s beautiful along there.”

Mentch said she hopes local residents will convince Bay Village to hold public hearings on the plan and put it on the ballot.

The city and county library have proposed to replace the existing library on Cahoon Rd. near the Middle School with a new building on land west of City Hall. The new library is estimated to cost $7.5 million.

Mentch, a librarian who lives in Cleveland Heights, was once sentenced to 30 days in jail following a dispute over a library in another suburb. Her conviction was overturned and vacated on appeal.

Dave Sartin

Dave Sartin

Comunications committee chair, Bay Dems

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:32 AM, 08.01.2017