ADA — Sirens and squirrels were the predominant topics at the Ada Village Council meeting Tuesday night. And in that order.

Council member Bob Simmons, who was filling in for the mayor, gaveled the meeting to order. He then, in quite animated fashion, recounted his Memorial Day evening – when a swarm of tornadoes descended on southwest and central Ohio.

Simmons said his iPhone was going berserk with warnings.

What’s more, he subsequently switched on the Spectrum 1 (Ohio) TV channel. It, too, was going berserk with tornado warnings. (Some 19 tornadoes would touch down in the general area in a span of a few hours.)

At one point, Simmons continued, Spectrum 1 showed an extreme tornado alert for the villages of Alger and Ada – and people in those villages were advised to: “…Go to your basements immediately!”

Simmons and his wife complied. No tornado, luckily, hit in either village.

Yet an issue lingered in the aftermath, said Simmons.

No tornado siren warning had gone off in Ada that night. A good number of residents, said Simmons, called him afterward to question/complain about that.

Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger explained that the only current siren in the village is located on the ONU campus. What’s more, it is solely at the discretion of the ONU Campus Security Department to active it, or not, he said.

Chief Harnishfeger continued that his department’s dispatch system used to be tied into the ONU siren as well. But when this system was upgraded to a new system, a decision was made not to tie into the siren, effectively, again, leaving the siren warning to the sole discretion of ONU.

Given all this, and the fact the siren hadn’t been activated the night of all the area tornado activity, Simmons suggested the Safety Committee take up the issue and develop some recommendations.

And if it wasn’t sirens, it was squirrels.

Sunday evening all the power, Ada village-wide, went out about 8 p.m.

The culprit?

Village Administrator Jamie Hall said it was a squirrel that had gotten into a power transformer. Hall said initial estimates were that the power would be out until about 1 a.m.

However, he continued, that AEP was “extremely responsive” to the situation, and the power was completely restored by 10:30 p.m.

Additionally, Chief Harnishfeger reported village residents, generally, have been quite responsive to notices about excessively unkempt lawns, and such.

Council member Simmons then said to the chief that there was a residence he knew of (then gave the specific address) that, indeed, could use a yard notification.

The chief, in turn, looked up, smiled, and laughingly said: “Isn’t that the address of your house, Bob?”

Simmons then gaveled the meeting closed.

The next regular meeting of the Ada Village Council is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the village offices.