Ada Council Member Jeff Oestrick (left), having rushed over from the Hardin County Fair, was dressed a bit different than his usual polo shirt garb. No one seemed to care though, given what he had brought with him - Ada Herald
Ada Council Member Jeff Oestrick (left), having rushed over from the Hardin County Fair, was dressed a bit different than his usual polo shirt garb. No one seemed to care though, given what he had brought with him. (Ada Herald/Joe Schriner)

ADA — Admittedly, there are few ancillary “perks” for Ada Village Council Members.

However, among the few that occasionally arise, they come during Hardin County Fair week each year. That is, under-the-table (or actually they were just on-the-table) steak sandwiches. And Tuesday night before the council meeting, practically everyone “had their mouths full.”

The sandwiches are thanks to Council Member Jeff Oestrich, who, as part of the Hardin County Cattle Producers, runs the “State Barn” every year.

Mr. Oestrich said it was “the biggest Monday in Fair history,” this week. And if the weather held, they anticipated the biggest week in Fair history.

Council Member Bob Simmons, during the regular meeting, made a point of profusely thanking Mr. Oestrich for the sandwiches (stopping just short of making it an Official Proclamation).

“Thanks Jeff,” he said. “This is something I look forward to every year.”

Something else people look forward to every year is the “Made in Ada Football Festival.” And Mayor Dave Retterer, sporting a green shirt emblazoned with a Wilson W, said that this year’s festival had been a “great day” all the way around.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a better day in Ada,” he smiled.

And Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger was smiling too, describing to council the crack investigative work that went into the recent discovery of $50,000 in counterfeit bills in Ada. (A suspect has been apprehended and is currently at the multi-county jail in Marion, Ohio.)

The chief said that besides his department’s work on the case, Hardin County Sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Secret Service agents also assisted. In fact, said the chief, three Secret Service agents were dispatched from an office in Detroit and proved extremely helpful.

And council members were been helpful to a man who was in the audience this night. During the public comment period, this man, new to Ada, stood and asked the council for advice in renting an apartment in town. (This was probably a first in Ada Council history.)

The man was given some leads and also advised of a realtor’s office that may be able to help.

Village Administrator, Jamie Hall, during his report, expressed he might need some ‘help’ from council in moving along a municipal building rehab that’s experiencing more downs than ups in one particular part of the project. That is, he lamented, there have been some consistent delays with the firm contracted to put in the new elevator.

While completion of the rehab was projected for some time in September, Mr. Hall said that could now, perhaps, not be until some time in November, because of this issue. Council member Bob Simmons recommended he and Mr. Hall “…take a road trip to Holland (Ohio).”

That’s where some of the firm offices of Schindler Elevator Corporation are located. No formal action was taken on this, but Mr. Hall expressed his desire to continue to pursue avenues to speed the process up.

Mr. Hall also noted that the Ohio Department Of Transportation (ODOT) Main Street Re-Paving Project is slated to start in mid-September.

Note: Council member Cathy Cole, before the meeting, announced that the family business she’s involved with, Cole Motor Sales Inc. in Ada, would be closing – after 113 years in operation here. Ms. Cole said that she, and her family, have been extremely appreciative of the community support over the years.