ADA — It was standing room only in Ada Village Council Chambers Tuesday night as a “concerned citizen” received a special SAFER Award (see related story) for his stepping up to make the village a safer place earlier in the summer.

Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger presented the award, commending Ada’s Andrew Ward for his proactive work in helping apprehend a fugitive wanted by the FBI earlier this summer.

Chief Harnishfeger presented Mr. Ward with a certificate from the village’s SAFER Program, along with a customized Wilson football with the SAFER Program logo on it.

After the ceremony, the chief turned to Mr. Ward’s family and friends in the audience and joked: “And the best part is you don’t have to stay for the rest of the meeting.”

All the council members laughed, sort of.

Just after Mr. Ward and his entourage left, Mayor Dave Retterer said: “We need more people like that.”

The mayor then reported that the VFW had sent him a letter expressing appreciation for the village’s help with this year’s Car Show, which the mayor said he believed had come off really well.

Then, looking toward the immediate future, the mayor said next up is the 106th Farmers & Merchants Picnic at War Memorial Park this Saturday (Aug. 10). The event will include, among other things, a parade, a tractor-pull, cornhole tournament, chain saw carving… Beyond this, noted the mayor, will be the Wilson Football Festival Aug. 24. The mayor noted that this year, as a new twist, the Canton Professional Football Hall of Fame will have a booth at the event.

And the following month, the mayor added, will be Ada’s Annual Harvest & Herb Festival.

By then, or at least in a reasonable time, council member Don Flemming would like to see “Ohio flags” flying throughout the village.

He proposed that they fly on polls where there are existing American flags.

Village Administrator Jamie Hall noted that there was, indeed, money in the “Banner Fund” to subsidize at least part of a project like that. No action was taken Tuesday, but it was agreed to explore the matter further.

There was also the first reading of an ordinance to “…authorize the mayor to assess street lights within the village of Ada for the year 2020.”

On this subject, Mr. Hall noted that the downtown lights had been converted to LED lights recently. As a result, he said the savings in a year was almost $6,000.

He noted that AEP has a good, user-friendly program for municipalities to affect this kind of lighting conversion.

Council member Terry Keiser enjoined that ONU undertook an extensive LED conversion program for the entire campus.

Mr. Keiser suggested that the village, in the scheme of the street light assessment project, consider places the LED street lighting can be expanded.