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New hires and a major pool update at special village council meeting

By Amy Eddings
The Ada village council held a special meeting to take care of personnel issues on Tuesday. 

Members approved the hiring of Justin Burris and Chris Kapa as temporary full-time construction and maintenance workers. They’ll be paid $9.62 an hour with no benefits, and the length of their employment will be from Nov. 12 to Jan. 23, 2016.

“We’re four people down in this area,” Mayor David Retterer said.  “They’ll be doing leaf pickup and perhaps some snow plowing."

Reterrer said the former employees left for other jobs.

Ada council holds special meeting Nov. 10

Ada council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, in council chambers according to Angela Polachek, village administrative assistant.

The purpose of the meeting concerns personnel. There is expected to be an executive session called for terms of employment, with action expected to follow.

A previously scheduled meeting of the Building and Grounds and Utilities committee is expected to follow adjournment of the special meeting.

Council personnel committee meets Oct. 21

The Village of Ada Personnel Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers.


Village faces uncertainty with rising health care costs

By Amy Eddings

News that the Village of Ada is facing a 19% increase in its employee health insurance premiums went down like cod liver oil at Tuesday night’s council meeting at the village’s offices.

Council members and Mayor David Retterer expressed dismay and alarm at Anthem’s new rates. Under the terms of the renewal, an unmarried Ada village employee with no children would see his or her rate go from $448 a month to $532 a month.  A married village employee with two children would see their monthly cost jump from $1,382 to $1,642.

No surprise: Ada swimming pool receipts lower than last year

It’s no surprise to anyone that Ada pool receipts this summer were lower than previous years. That loss is a result of many factors including the weather.

In Tuesday’s Ada council packet a year-end pool report compares income and expenses for the past five seasons. Three of this year’s bottom lines show:

• $37,400 pool revenue before income tax ($35,933 in 2014)
• $112,880 income tax receipts ($163,203 in 2014)
• $150,288 total revenue after income tax  ($199,136 in 2014)

On the plus side expenses were $97,276 this year ($128,603 in 2014).

On council agenda: First reading of legislation that changes waste-recycling contractor

Ada council will consider the first reading of legislation authorizing Republic Services as the solid waste and recycling contractor for the village. The action is on the Tuesday, Sept. 15 council agenda.

On Sept. 1 council voted to accept Republic Services as the community’s new waste hauler, because its sealed bid was lower than Waste Management’s. 

The contract is for three years, beginning Dec. 1, with an option to renew for another three years.