Construction is under way on West Lima Avenue. (Ada Herald/Ashley Lehman)
Construction is under way on West Lima Avenue. (Ada Herald/Ashley Lehman)

ADA -The Village Council approved an 8.4 percent increase of insurance premiums as a part of the regular meeting held on Tuesday, March 19. The motion for the increase was for the premiums paid by the village with the effect on premiums paid by the village employees not yet known.

A resolution was approved giving Chief of Police Mike Harnishfeger the authority to sell several items in order to use those funds to update the guns used by the department's officers.

Mayor Dave Retterer updated council on the new Village of Ada website being created by students from Ohio Northern. The students are making progress and parts of the new site, www.adaoh.org, are now available for public viewing.

Retterer also reported that he completed a proclamation in honor of Nils Riess, ONU Professor of Theatre and Director of the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. Riess is retiring from ONU after serving for thirty years. He was instrumental in the opening of the Freed Center which has had a huge impact on the university and village and "deserves to be recognized for that," said Retterer.

Council adjourned to executive session for the purpose of discussing possible employment and terms of that employment for new village employees. As a result of the executive session, Personnel Committee Chairman, Kathy Cole, made motions to hire the following people for village positions: Bart Rettig, Street Department; Kyle Hibbard, Street Department; Cheryl Geer, Street Department; Tamera Ward, Street Department; Monty Siekerman, Railroad Park; and Geraldine Hawk, Water Office. All motions were accepted.

In his report, Village Administrator Jim Meyer gave an update on the start of work on the West Lima Avenue and Christopher Circle projects. According to Meyer, the Lima Avenue project is going well and the sewer pipes will be installed this week. He pointed out citizens can check the www.adaoh.org website to see the status of the Christopher Circle project, with plans to have those updates made available daily as the project moves forward. Meyer also gave thanks to ONU for the use of a vacant lot off of Clint Drive that the university made available to JDR Excavating to park their work trailer during construction.

Other items addressed:

- A third reading of Ordinance 2013-01, raising the water deposit to $200 was also approved.

- Pay Ordinance 2013-05 was approved in the amount of $130,759.25.

The next meeting of the Ada Village Council will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in council chambers.