Ada Chief of Police Michael Harnishfeger and Ada Patrolman John Iten
Ada Chief of Police Michael Harnishfeger and Ada Patrolman John Iten
ADA — Council gathered on Tuesday for a regular meeting that began with a special recognition. Officer John Iten was awarded the Ada Police Department’s Life Saving Award for his calm and quick actions.
During the early hours of Oct 3., Iten arrived at an Ada residence and found 34-year old Jessica Allford not breathing and with no pulse. The officer verified that no drugs were involved and immediately attached an Automated External Defibrillator to Allford and began one person CPR. After being shocked three times, Allford’s pulse returned and she began gasping for breath.
“After spending several days in the hospital, Allford was released and because of the actions of Officer Iten, has fully recovered from this event,” Ada Chief of Police Michael Harnishfeger said.
Iten has only been with the Ada PD since Februrary. He has been an officer for just two short years, yet it is quite clear he is well trained and fully invested in his job.
When asked how it felt to receive such an important award, Iten said it wasn’t necessary.  
“I was just doing my job.” Iten said.
Retterer expressed his congratulations towards Officer Iten.
“It is a very important award to earn so early in a career,” he said.
Iten’s family, his wife, children and grandson, attended the council meeting in his support.
During the regular meeting, council heard first readings of several ordinances, including:
• an ordinance amending section 1139.01 of the codified zoning ordinances with regard to nonconforming use was read.
• an ordinance authorizing and directing the Village Administrator, Village Legal Counsel, Chief of Police and Fiscal Officer to prepare plans and specifications to advertise for bids and contract with the lowest and best bidder for supplies, services and equipment for the Village of Ada for the year 2017.
Also at the council meeting was Dick Pees from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office Volunteers In Police Service.
Pees talked with council about a Citizen’s Sheriff Academy that shows people the responsibilities of a sheriff. Council member Bob Simmons shared that he had attended one and found it to be very informative. Pees said that they would like to hold them for government entities.
 Council was also advised of recent vandalism at Ohio Northern University. During Homecoming weekend, three individuals slashed the homecoming tent and one was apprehended by the Ada Police. The damage amounted to over $7,000, which means, if found guilty, the culprits could face a felony charge.
 “I think it is important that we make kids aware that when they decide to do something like this that they might see as just good fun, they can get caught and in a lot of trouble,” Retterer said.
Village Administrator Jamie Hall brought it to the attention of council that three employees will meet milestone years and requested they be recognized as employees have been in the past. Donnie Deckling, Micheal Harnishfeger, and Matt Purdy will all be recognized for 15 years of service.  
In other business, Councilor Terry Keiser updated the council on the recent tree trimming by the Ada Tree Commission. They received help from nine ONU students on Saturday.
The next regular meeting of the Ada Village Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the village offices.