By: Renea Kessler
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The Village of Stryker held their meeting on Monday, January 15th. The meeting began at 6:00 p.m. with a moment of silence for Kim Feehan followed by prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
In the first order of business, Village Solicitor Kevin Whitlock swore in Mayor Joey Beck for a new term following Mayor Beck swearing in council members Sean Ingram and Stanley Whitlock.
The floor was then opened to visitors with Jason Randall standing up to address council.
Randall is running for Williams County Sheriff. He is currently the resource officer at Bryan Local Schools and use to be a K9 officer.
Randall talked about his experiences from being an explorer to now with a total of 18 years of service. If he is elected sheriff, he wants to focus on implementing an officer and first responder wellness program.
This program is not only going to focus on physical health but mental health as well. When asked by Mayor Beck what his biggest strengths were Jason responded, “The ability to work with anyone.”
Mayor Beck also asked Jason what his biggest challenges would be if elected, Randall responded with, “The biggest challenge will be fixing mentalities from before I took over.”
Mayor Beck had one last question directed towards Randall’s wife, what are Jason’s strengths? Jason’s wife stated, “His patience, understanding and sympathy that he has. He’s a great listener and a pretty approachable guy.”
Next, Mayor Beck opened the floor for nominations for 2024 council president to which Victoria Cameron was elected and council voted all in favor. Council then approved the minutes from the previous meeting as well as the financial report.
Council discussed brick order forms for the memorial wall. Bricks will cost $75.00 and anyone wanting to order can pick up an order form at the village office.
Next, council moved to approve the following legislative actions, 2024 Representation Agreement with Ryan Thompson for Income Tax matters and Ordinance #2024-01 Amending Stryker Income Tax Ordinance.
Following Legislation, council heard from Police Chief Mendez. Mendez just wanted to remind citizens of Stryker that the police department does residence checks if requested while the resident is on vacation. To request a residence check, stop by the police department and have an officer fill out a Residence Vacation Check Form.
The Village Administrator Alan Riegsecker then talked about several projects and things going on in the village. The Johnson Waterline Project is up and running with asphalt to be redone in spring. There is a slow water leak on Defiance Street, but warmer weather is needed to fix this issue.
With nothing else left to discuss, council moved to adjourn at 6:46 p.m. The next regular scheduled meeting will be Monday, February 19, at 6:00 p.m.