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January 21, 2020

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$347,000 low bid on Ream Street, $260,000 low bid on Eric Wolber project

Council will act on bid acceptance soon

By Monty Siekerman
Village officials recently opened bids for the Ream Street sewer project and improvement of part of Eric Wolber Avenue in Grass Run Industrial Park.

Zee Contractor's bid of $347,000 was the lowest of three bids for the sewer project. Zee is from Ottawa.

Hohenbrink Excavating's bid of $260,000 was the lowest of 10 bids submitted for the Eric Wolber project. Hohenbrink is from Holland, Ohio.

Eighty percent of the cost of the sewer project and 88 percent of the cost of the street project will be paid for by state grants.

Council has not met to decide the winning bidders.

Village begins approval of tougher dog law

Legislation's first reading passes on Tuesday

By Amy Eddings
Tougher penalties against vicious and loose dogs, as well as new restrictions aimed at owners who keep their dogs tied up all day, were introduced at the regular meeting of Ada’s village council on Tuesday night. Council members unanimously voted in favor of them during the first of three readings of the legislation.

The legislation was inspired by a pit bull attack last July in which a pit bull that had escaped from its pen charged and attacked one of two dogs owned by Jim and Jackie Meyer of Ada. Jim Meyer is the former village administrator of Ada.

Ada council moves closer to approving stiffer penalties against owners of vicious dogs

Legislation would not target pit bulls or other breeds

Story and photo by Amy Eddings
The Ada village council moved closer to approving stiffer penalties against owners of vicious or dangerous dogs, following the attack last August of an Ada couple and their two small dogs by a pit bull that had escaped its kennel.  

The legislation would not ban or target pit bulls or any other breed, a focus that council members had previously considered.  
“I changed my opinion a lot on that after I talked to my vet, and my sister, who has five dogs”  councilor Bob Simmons said. “It’s true, any dog can bite."

Ada village safety committee continues dog discussion Oct. 18

Specifically ordinances concerning dogs

Ada council's safety committee will continue a discussion of village ordinances concerning dogs at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Ada depot.

According to a news items on the Village of Ada Facebook:

"This is an open meeting and all people are welcome. As has been the custom (except at the opening meeting of this discussion) no dogs will be admitted to the building."

Following the safety committee meeting, Ada council will meet. Council's meeting will start no earlier than 7 p.m.


Ada council will consider action involving contract with Beaverdam Contracting on Tuesday

Ada council will consider several resolutions affecting the village during its Tuesday, Aug. 16, meeting.

One of those resolutions involve accepting a bid from Beaverdam Contracting for the storm sewer collection system improvement project  along and upon North Simon Street.

The council's agenda is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Council approves money for Fourth of July concert, increases donation

By Amy Eddings
The Ada Village Council voted to contribute $1,500 toward the cost of a free concert by the Lima Symphony Orchestra on July 2 on the grounds of Ohio Northern University, an increase of $500 from last year.

The decision, tabled from the last meeting two weeks ago, came after ONU First Lady Chris DiBiasio addressed council members and Mayor David Retterer.  She and ONU resident artist and music lecturer Kirsten Osbun Manley are spearheading the fundraising efforts for the second annual Fourth of July-themed concert.