ADA - The Ada Village Council held their first meeting of 2013 on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the historic Depot building in Ada. The meeting started off with the Village of Ada Organization closed meeting held by the council members. Jimmy Wilson was once again elected Council President. Beth Fenton will serve on the Ambulance Board and Jeff Oestrich will represent the council on the Planning Commission.

Council then approved the minutes of the previous meeting, Dec. 18, 2012, and the first three financial transfers of the new year. Pay ordinance 2013-01 was also approved.

Following the financial business, Mayor Retterer opened the floor to the public. Once again, a sizable contingency from the Christopher Circle neighborhood was present to speak to council. Tom Ward read aloud a Letter to the Editor that was published in the Jan. 10 edition of The Ada Herald. To summarize the letter, Ward argues that the inclusion of sidewalks along Christopher Circle is not only unnecessary but would result in a loss of front yard for residents, disrupt the slope of their driveways, and destroy decades old trees in the neighborhood. The public left the meeting immediately following the Mayor's comments, but did agree that future council meetings could once again be held in the Council Chambers.

Three resolutions were put before a vote during the meeting, including Resolution 2013-01, authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement for engineering for the planned Klingler Road project. The vote was postponed until the next meeting to allow for further discussion of the proposed contract. The Streets Committee will discuss the contract during a meeting on Jan. 22.

In the police report, Chief Harnishberger, reported that incidents of breaking and entering, burglary, theft, and criminal damaging have decreased in the Village. The dispatch center received more than 400 calls for service in 2012, and the department participated in approximately 60 more squad assists, including four uses of their AED. The department's NIXLE program now has more than 1900 community members.

The next meeting of the Ada Village Council will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Council Chambers.