During Tuesday's council meeting, Village Solicitor Jane Napier swore in village officials elected to office last November. Pictured above (left to right) are Councilor Linda Mason, Councilor Sheila Coressel, and Mayor Dave Retterer - Joe Schriner
During Tuesday's council meeting, Village Solicitor Jane Napier swore in village officials elected to office last November. Pictured above (left to right) are Councilor Linda Mason, Councilor Sheila Coressel, and Mayor Dave Retterer. (Ada Herald/Joe Schriner)

ADA — Tuesday’s meeting of the Ada Village Council featured a swearing-in, the election of a new council president, the hiring of a new Publics Works superintendent, the hiring of a new police officer, and some 2020 village project projections.

Mayor Dave Retterer was sworn in as mayor for another term. And new councilmembers Sheila Coressel and Linda Mason were also sworn in.

Council okayed the hiring of Wesley Davis, former village administrator for Forest, Ohio, to be the new Public Works Superintendent at a starting salary of $50,000 a year.

Outgoing council member Ken Lauria was hired as a consultant to continue to work with the village on technology upgrades. (As a councilmember the last year, Mr. Lauria established a Technology Committee, did a thorough assessment of the village’s computers, networks, and such, and designed a multi-phase plan for upgrades.)

Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger announced the hiring of new police officer Victoria Sturgill. She is a graduate of Rhodes State College and went through the Ohio Peace Officer Academy there. The chief also noted that Ada Police Detective George Schlub was being promoted to sergeant.

Chief Harnishfeger also informed council the Ada Police Department was named “Agency of the Month” by the Ohio

Association of Chiefs of Police for its highly effective SAFER Program. The chief also announced that the police time capsule has now been placed in the municipal building’s wall in the lobby and a new telephone has been installed on the wall as well. It will ring to the Sheriff’s Department dispatch desk.

Addressing the coming year, Village Administrator Jamie Hall said that the big village project for 2020 will be the Lincoln Phase III Road Project, between Union and Klingler streets. It will entail complete road reconstruction and Hall estimates it will take six to seven months.

Also on the slate for 2020 are some water line replacements and a manhole project on Main Street. He said the latter, with a price tag of $85,000, will entail bringing the road around the manholes “to grade,” flattening the surface with a technique actually patented by a man in Delphos, Ohio.

Hall also reported that as of 5:30 p.m. this night, the new elevator in the municipal building took its maiden voyage – minus passengers. While all systems seemed to be “go,” the village must still await an okay from state inspectors.

This should be done, Hall believes, in the next 10 days – about the time Hall, a former linebacker for Bowling Green State University’s football team, will be going in for knee replacement surgery. He anticipates being out of the office for approximately two weeks.