Below are candidate-submitted answers to a survey Landmark sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.
Office sought: Riverside Library Board
Previous political experience: None
Previous community involvement: Riverside resident for 12 years, local business owner for 10 years, previous Fredrick Law Olmsted member, current Indian Princesses member, school volunteer – Blythe Park School
Education: Oak Park-River Forest High School ’86, Triton College ’86-’88, Ball State University ’93 (Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Science – Environmental Design)
Occupation: Owner/President, Circo Architects, Inc., Riverside, Illinois
Why do you want to be a library board member?
Since moving to riverside in 2002, I immediately fell in love with the Library – the warmth and historic architecture, natural setting, views (both inside and out), the informative and cultural programs, and the extensive collection available on-site and through the SWAN network. My wife, 10 year-old son, and 5 year-old daughter, also make the most of the facilities and services available. I’d love to see the library continue to be important for many more years, and have as great an impact as it has on my family. I was honored to be asked to submit my candidacy for the Library Board. Being a Board member will allow me to offer my knowledge, and give back to my community.
Have you attended library board meetings in the past year? What was the board discussing that was of interest to you?
While I have actively participated in many Village-related meetings (Village Board of Trustees, Planning and Zoning Commission, Preservation Commission), I have not yet attended a Library Board meeting. I am, however, well-known to the library Director, and staff.
What is the most important issue facing the next library board and what should the solution be?
I feel that defining and managing a comprehensive strategic long-range plan for the Library is the most important issue facing the Board. In order to maintain the level of services offered, as well as continuing to update the library’s collections, the library should embrace the pursuit of knowledge by bringing its facilities into the 21st century. This could be achieved with space-planning to enhance patron’s use of library spaces and services, including the Children’s and Youth Services areas. Any modifications, or renovations, should not over-exhaust operating funds or special reserve funds.
If elected, what changes, if any, would you like to have accomplished by the end of your term?
I would like to see the historic Library facilities embrace the 21st century, while remaining a premiere destination for patrons, by enhancing the spatial environments and technology advancements available.
If elected, what changes would you most strongly resist?
I would resist expenditures on unnecessary changes that could reduce overall funds available for long-range strategic plans. As an architect, I would also resist any physical modifications that would harm the architectural historic integrity of the current building.
What other issues facing the library are of interest to you? Why?
Riverside Public Library is such a wonderful place, and I would love to see it continue to help its patrons with the pursuit of knowledge, information, and cultural programming. I am hoping that any future discussion or issues involve improving the physical and spatial characteristics of the facility.