Ed Lyons

Below are candidate-submitted answers to a survey Landmark sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections. 

 

Age: 76

Office sought: Riverside Public Library Board

Previous political experience: None

Previous community involvement: Board member of Riverside Elementary Education Foundation.   Involvement outside of Illinois:  officers of a youth hockey league and trustee of a community center serving a minority population.

Education: BS – Rutgers University; MBA – University of Wisconsin; MS and PhD – Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

 

Occupation: Retired Vice Chair and President of Filtration Group and Filtrair. Current Partner of Gordian Business Solutions

 

 

Why do you want to be a library board member?

I believe it is imperative to address two major issues where my background can be of assistance.  First, a facility that opened in 1931 requires maintenance.  Second, the library must transition to meet the future needs of the community as well as utilization of modern electronic capabilities.

 

Have you attended library board meetings in the past year? What was the board discussing that was of interest to you?

I have been a library board member for the past two years.  Especially interesting to me are topics such as:  facility maintenance and design, strategic planning, utilization of the facility for community meetings and educational purposes.

 

What is the most important issue facing the next library board, and what should the solution be?

The most important issue is to balance the architectural integrity of the physical building and services to the community while still addressing needed upgrades to the building.  Near term upgrades involve the HVAC and electrical systems.

  

If elected, what changes, if any, would you like to have accomplished by the end of your term?

Develop and initiate implementation of a plan that places the library on a path to meeting the future needs of the community.

 

If elected, what changes would you most strongly resist?

I would resist changing the broad role of the library in serving the community.  It serves more than as a source of reading material; it is a meeting place for many organizations within the village. 

  

What other issues facing the library are of interest to you? Why?

  1. Deciding on the future facility design since it will last for many years.
  2. Defining a schedule of implementation of changes to the facility.
  3. Providing the technology supporting the future needs of the library in order to appropriately serve the residents of Riverside.