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Ada council: Recent hire at Ada Police Department quits

By Amy Eddings
A set-back for the Ada Police, storm sewer projects, and surprising bids for repainting the water tower were topics at Tuesday’s village council meeting in Ada.

In his report to councilors and mayor, Chief Michael Harnishfeger announced that a recent hire to the police department is leaving.

"Ryan Schroeder, our full time officer that we hired in July or August. he’s midway in our probation, and he’s leaving us,” said Chief Harnishfeger with a grimace.  “He’s going to go back to selling cars.”

He said he hated the process of finding and training a new officer.

Ada council considers legislation for North Simon Street storm sewer project

Ada council will act on two resolutions on Tuesday involving the North Simon Street storm sewer project.

Passage enables the village to seek state funding assistance for the project. Upon passage, Mayor David Retterer will submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission’s State Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement Programs.

Council will also act on legislation for engineering for the project.

Jeff Oestreich will serve as Ada council president in 2016

Jeff Oestreich will serve at Ada council president in 2016. Oestreich was chosen for the position by council members at Tuesday's 2016 council reorganization meeting.

Other council committee appoints were also announced. Those committees are listed in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Members of Ada council are:

Terms through Dec. 31, 2017
• Don Fleming
• Jeff Oestreich
• Bob Simmons
• Terry Keiser, appointed Aug. 4, 2015

Terms through Dec. 31, 2019
• Cathy Cole
• Beth Fenton

• David Retter, mayor, will serve through Dec. 31, 2019

Ada council set to reorganize for 2016

Ada council has some New Year appointments to make at its first meeting of 2016, slated for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Among those decisions is selecting a council president and seven committee chairs:
• Finance
• Street
• Building/grounds
• Safety
• Personnel
• Utility
• Economic development

Plus, council members will chose representatives to the ambulance board, planning commission, negotiation committee enterprise zone and enterprise review committee.

All this is in addition to the regular agenda, which is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Ada council looks at engineering for storm extension project

Ada village council will act on legislation to enter an agreement for engineering and related services for the ONU storm extension project during Tuesday's council meeting.

Additional items on Tuesday's agenda are in the council packet in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, in Room 205 of the First United Methodist Church, Ada.


Copper theft, meth bust, keeping Ada police bus

By Amy Eddings

There were no meetings and no reports forthcoming from Ada village council committee heads during the village council meeting Tuesday night.  But Police Chief Mike Harnischfeger had plenty to say when it came time for him to give his monthly public safety report.

He said someone tried to steal copper wire from the construction site of the new wastewater treatment center at East Lincoln Avenue near Grass Creek, cutting an opening in the wire fencing around the plant.  A patrol officer interrupted the theft and discovered the wire.