Public Works of the Village of Riverton, Illinois

Public Works

The Village of Riverton is among the few municipalities that own and operate all of their own utilities. The Village has a public works staff of 13 employees, represented by the Laborer's International Union of North America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, that operate and maintain its water, sewer, gas, electric, street and park departments. Below is a brief description of each department. Although the employees are assigned to individual departments, the village prides itself on its cross-training program to make each employee familiar with the other departments.

For any utility emergency call 629-9122, 24/7

Before Any Digging Call J.U.L.I.E. At 8-1-1 or 1-800-892-0123

Public Works Superintendent - Alex Lyons

Water Department

Riverton pumps it's water from 4 wells that are 1 mile south of its treatment plant located at 7th and Rt. 36. It is aerated, filtered, softened and the required chemicals are added at this facility. It is then pumped into the distribution system and to 2 elevated, 200,000 gallon storage tanks. Riverton also supplies water to Spaulding and some outlying areas. The water department is regulated by the USEPA and the IEPA. The water department employee are Ryan Holladay and Tomey Wilson.

Wastewater Department

Once used, the water must again be treated to allow for its introduction back into the environment. This process is accomplished at Riverton's Water Reclamation Center located on Riverton Road. Here the water is treated by a bacteriological process and detention to remove the impurities. After treatment the reclaimed water is discharged into the Sangamon River. The Wastewater Dept. is regulated by the USEPA and IEPA The wastewater employee is Rick Vice. 

Gas Department

The Village buys its natural gas wholesale through the Interstate Municipal Gas Agency, of which it is a member, and distributes it through its own distribution system. The Gas Dept. is regulated by the ICC. The gas department employees are Tim Shane, Jim Ford and Brock Shekelton.

Electric Department

The electric power for Riverton is purchased wholesale through the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency, of which it is a member, and distributes it through Riverton's own distribution system. This distribution system is maintained by Michael Runyon and Adam Claussen.

Streets / Parks

The Village has an extensive network of streets and parks which requires constant maintenance. The employee that installs, services and maintains these important facilities is Mike Packenham and Chris McCloughan.


The Village is a member of J.U.L.I.E., the nonprofit Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators service. Before any excavation is begun, no matter how small or large, you are required to call JULIE at 8-1-1 or 1-800-892-0123 to allow for the location of underground utilities to be marked. The employee that comes out to mark the Village's utilities is Rick Vice.


The Village uses many pieces of equipment to maintain its utilities and streets. The employee that maintain, repair, fabricate and service the equipment is Jim Ford. During the summer months he, and the other employees, mow the many acres of Village parks and grounds.