Public Works plays an important role in protecting the public’s health and safety by providing clean drinking water, ensuring proper wastewater treatment, maintaining the streets, and managing storm water. The Public Works Department operates and maintains the village’s infrastructure including streets, parking, traffic signals, signs, bridges, city facilities, storm water drainage system, water treatment, and wastewater treatment facilities. The department coordinates development through facility planning efforts, ensures environmental compliance, and manages the construction of capital improvements, such as new roads, bridges, water mains and sewer lines.
The Public Works Department consists of four individuals who are dedicated to the village. Stryker appreciates the service that Alan Riegsecker, Village Administrator, Mike Rodeheaver, Wes White and Kris Mcmillen provide.
Wes White has over 25 years of experience in public works. He is experienced in water, sewer, highway maintenance and drainage. Wes has been farming his entire life, and is also a certified welder and a fabricator. Some of Wes’s inventions include a special applicator for treating our catch basins that could harbor mosquitoes and a mechanical apparatus to help make leaf collection more ergonomic.
Mike Rodeheaver has over 20 years experience in public works. Mike’s strengths are in auto mechanics and highway maintenance. Mike’s common sense approach in addressing the village’s day to day problems are invaluable.
Kris Mcmillen is the newest member of the maintenance crew. He worked maintenance at Trine University for 5 years and before that he was a mechanic. Kris is married to April and they have two children David and Lilly.