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Summary of September 20 Ada Council meeting

With four guests including the Ada Icon and Kenton Times, the Ada Council chambers in the municipal building were at capacity seating on Tuesday, September 20.

The 90-minute meeting included a 46-minute executive session with EMS Chief Tom Miller with no action taken.

During the open floor period, Dustin Jordan answered questions from the council regarding the 150th Fire Convention itinerary proposal (2024). Council focused their discussion on the impact on Main St. traffic and whether the road would need to be closed or traffic temporarily diverted, as is done for shorter parades. Council passed a motion that it would continue to consider the application.

Preliminary details are on page 13 of the council packet.

Mayor David Retterer noted that the September 17 Harvest & Herb Festival went well with no major issues. He complimented the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce and Ada Police Department on their work. 

Retterer also noted that Nike now supplies footballs for Ohio State University and encouraged those present to write letters to OSU reminding them that Wilson footballs are made only in Ohio.  


Council passed two resolutions:

Advertising for bids for the Grandview Blvd. reconstruction project (as an emergency, effective immediately)

Accepting amounts and rates for tax levies; pages 17-27 of the council packet.

Council approved one ordinance: To vacate an east/west alley next to Wilson Sporting Goods.


Bob Simmons requested a Personnel Committee meeting following the council meeting to discuss Class Specifications for Water and Wastewater Plant Employees.

Jason Campbell requested a Streets Committee meeting on October 4 regarding improvements to Buckeye and Main streets, including a possible one-way street on Buckeye.


Michael Harnishfeger, Chief of Ada Police, reported the following activity since the Sept 6 council meeting:

  • Completed an investigation resulting in a 30-count indictment against an Alger man, including rape, sexual battery, and gross sexual imposition
  • Officers administered Narcan two times
  • Phone scams are being reported; caller ID shows false phone and name; advises you just hang up
  • Assault case
  • Underage consumption
  • Theft case that is a false police report
  • Harvest & Herb Festival went well; was shoulder to shoulder people
  • Met with lead assessor for hiring of new Police Chief; currently 6 or 7 applicants; deadline Oct. 10
  • Hardin County Sheriff and Ada Police Dept. will be talking with Ada Schools students and staff
  • Homecoming parade on Friday, September 23

Jamie Hall, Village Administrator, reported:

  • Letter sent for Grandview Blvd. reconstruction meeting #3 at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at the Community Health Professionals Building; p. 34-36 of the council packet.
  • Windshield tree assessments have been completed in quadrants B and C with 67 trees affected; 12 trees need to be removed; have asked 7 companies for quotes by Sept 28; pages 29-33 of council packet.
  • Triennial lead and copper sampling has been completed at 22 properties with 19 reporting less than .06 mg/L
  • Water plant sanitary inspection was completed with positive feedback; will need a backflow preventer ordinance

Council adjourned at 7:58 p.m. The next regular meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4.