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Reminder: Neighborhood Revitalization meeting January 14

Hardin County and the Village of Ada are planning to apply for a grant to make improvements in the community. The Village is holding a meeting to discuss residents' priorities for street and sidewalk work, and to discuss local resources for community projects. 

The meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 14, 2023, in the Ada Railroad Depot, 110 Central Avenue, Ada, Ohio. For more information, please call the Village Hall at 419-634- 4045.

Since the last meeting, organizers have received information on what areas of the village are eligible to be included in the grant application.

Four of six census tracts in the village are income elibible.

The War Memorial Park is not within village limits and is therefore not eligible.

Ada Schools Board of Education 2023 reorganization meeting summary

By Paula Scott

The Ada Schools held the 162nd annual reorganizational meeting of the Board of Education on Thursday, January 12 with all members present (agenda attached). Members of the board are Ron Fleming, Matt Gossman, Ted Griffith, Amy Mullins and Steve Ramey.

The board entered a 5-minute executive session to make an appointment. Upon their return, the board elected Matt Gossman as president and Amy Mullins as vice-president. The group also established the date, time and place of regular meetings for 6:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month beginning in February. This schedule may be adjusted as needed.

The Treasurer’s report recommended authorizations and designations A-F (pages 2-3 of attachment). Ted Griffin made a motion to approve items B-F. In discussion he said he would like all investments to be insured. His motion was not seconded. Ron Fleming made a motion to approve all items, which was passed 4-1, with Griffin voting no.

Items A-N summarized below were approved by unanimous vote:


Tickets on sale for Ada Academic and Music Boosters purse raffle

The 11th Annual Purse Raffle, hosted by the Ada Academic and Music Booster groups is scheduled for February 19. 2023 at 2:00 p.m. in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern.

A 3 Purse Virtual Raffle is also planned.

Full tables are sold out. Currently, half tables and individual seats are on sale. Organizers note: "If you miss the last FULL TABLE, don't worry! If you purchase two HALF TABLE'S we will make sure you sit together! Folk's who purchase individual seats do not have a problem finding seats together with friends either.

"And finally: we will continue to sell any open seats up until the start of the first game of BINGO!"

Visit to order tickets. Please note that NO physical tickets will be sent out. At the event, you simply check in at the door.


Alger Public Library to host teen movie night, January 17

The Alger Public Library has announced a free Teen Movie night at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Darby and the Dead will be shown. This movie is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for strong language, suggestive material and some teen partying.

Fresh Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The library suggests bringing blankets pillows to help you enjoy the show.

Middle School incentive goes where the snow is

We've got rain and fog here, so the Ada Middle School incentive program found snow elsewhere! Check out a Snow Trails video on Ada Bulldogs Facebook HERE.

Summary of January 20 village council meeting

By Paula Scott

Ceremonial swearing-in of Chief Alec Cooper
New planning commissioners appointed
Fowler appointed as Detective
Neighborhood Revitalization meeting reminder for January 14

The January 10 regular meeting of the Ada Council began with the ceremonial swearing in of new Chief of Police Alec Cooper with his family and former colleagues from the Delphos Police Department present. (Meeting packet.)

A closed door organizational meeting for 2023 lasted just a few minutes.

Council elected Jeff Oestreich to continue as council president and voted to continue meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers. They further agreed to govern as a committee of the whole. Committee chairs will not change.

Mayor Retterer, who conducts council meetings, noted that there has not been a planning commission meeting for an extended period and that the terms of all commission members had expired. He therefore appointed Jeff Oestrich (as council representative), Fred Rush (Hardin County Commissioner) and Dennis (Junior) Mason to serve with him on the board.

The mayor also presented his annual state of the village address, which is presented in full HERE.


Personnel - Council approved an unpaid leave vacation request for Tim Parr.

Council approved a motion to appoint Ptl. Courtney Fowler as Detective. This is an assignment not a promotion. Mike Harnishfeger noted that Fowler has taken some 5 courses and is on track to become a Master Investigator.

Streets - Administrator Jamie Hall made a Grandview Blvd. project update. Work could begin as early as mid-Februray. He has begun preparing legislation involving assessments (in attached packet); an ordinance could be passed by early March.

Utilities - Sean Beck presented to new applications for water bill relief due to leaks. Both were approved.