ADA — Ahead of another round of bitterly cold temperatures and
snowfall, Ada Village Administrator Jim Meyer urged residents to be
smart about the freezing conditions.
“People are encouraged to use
common sense during this cold weather,” he said during the Village
Council meeting Tuesday evening.
The village had few frozen meters
during the last cold snap but residents did experience frozen and
busted pipes in their homes. Meyer offered several tips to help keep the
pipes running when temperatures are so low, including letting water run
to keep pipes clear, opening cabinets under the sink to allow warm air
to circulate and using the snow as an insulator on cracked foundations.
Meyer acknowledged the possibility of an increase in residents’ water
bills if faucets are allowed to run but did point out that the increase
would be less than bills to repair broken plumbing.
updated councilors during a Streets Committee meeting about the Safe
Routes to School program being offered by the Ohio Department of
Transportation. The village has received a grant to update sidewalks and
install ADA ramps along Highland Avenue, a route commonly used by
students to get to the Ada schools. As part of the agreement with ODOT,
the village would be required to pay for engineering for the project and
an environmental study of the project area, a cost that was included in
the village’s 2014 budget.
Cuts to the transportation budget at
the district has restricted the number of students able to ride a bus to
school thereby increasing the number of junior high and high school
students walking and riding their bikes to class. The school plans to
install more bike racks to accommodate the increased number of bikes at
the school but the roads students take to get there could be made more
safe with updated sidewalks and ramps. Councilors will decide on whether
to accept the $250,000 grant offered by the state at their next
The Personnel and Buildings and Grounds committees will
meet on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. The next
regular meeting of the Ada Village Council will be held on Tuesday, Feb.