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Mayor’s Annual Report to Council, January 18, 2022

By Mayor David Retterer

The following text is a report made by Mayor Dave Retterer to the Ada Village Council on Tuesday, January 18, minus comments made to those in attendance including Fiscal Officer Patty Navin, Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger, (remotely) Village Administrator Jamie Hall and Legal Council Jane Napier. Also in remote attendance were the Ada Herald and Kenton Times.


Routine issues in the Village continue to be handled well. Ada is fortunate to have had active, deliberative, engaged, intelligent and dedicated councilors for many years and that has much to do with the current state of the village. This allows Ada to be prepared for future needs, opportunities and emergencies.



A successful reorganization of the accounting system in 2020 led to additional progress in 2021. Council has planned and budgeted to acquire one software package that will support utility billing, payroll, payables and receivables as well as other related activities. Currently there are at least two software packages to accomplish this and they don’t communicate with each other.

New and reelected council members take office

Summary of organizational and regular meetings on January 4

On January 4, the Ada Village Council held organizational and regular meetings.

Members of council have been sworn in by Mayor Dave Retterer and legal counsel Jane Napier. Newly reelected members Jeff Oestreich and Bob Simmons, and new member Jason Campbell were sworn-in on January 4. New member Sean Beck was sworn-in on December 31.

At the organizational meeting:

Ada council organizes, takes oaths on January 4

Agendas for the January 4, 2022 organizational and regular meetings of the Ada Village Council have been posted on the Village of Ada website, as outlined here.

The full council packet including the minutes and supporting materials of the prior council meeting is attached here.



Transportation of suicide risk cases discussed by Ada Council

The subject of the longest discussion at the December 21 Ada Village Council meeting was brought to the floor during the public comments section by Adriane Thompson Bradshaw, Ohio Northern’s Vice President for Student Affairs. She asked if transportation methods in Ada of individuals who are suicidal was going to change.

Ada Liberty EMS Chief Tom Miller had notified her that in the new year law enforcement should transport such individuals. Council assured Bradshaw that any changes required their approval and further communication.

Agenda for Dec. 21 Village Council

An agenda for the Village of Ada Regular Council Meeting of December 21 has been posted on the village website.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Council Chambers, 2nd floor, 115 W Buckeye Ave. and can be joined remotely at

The first agenda items are Pay Ordinances, Open Floor to Public, Mayor’s Comments.



Summary of December 7 village council reports and actions

At the December 7 regular meeting of the Village of Ada council, actions and reports included the following:


The council unanimously approved a 4% salary increase for all non-union employees. They also voted unanimously for a $1/hour increase for employee Eileen Peterman.


Police chief Michael Harnishfeger reported