Join Mayor Kessler for "coffee with the Mayor" on November 22nd at 8:00am. This month's coffee will be held at Bexley City Hall at 2242 East Main Street and will feature coffee and treats from Cherbourg Bakery on Drexel Avenue. Special guests will include council members elect Lori Ann Feibel and Deneese Owen, and the topic of conversation will be open to whatever you wish to discuss! Come with questions, ideas, and an appetite for some good coffee. Hope to see you then!
Office of the Mayor
Ben Kessler, Mayor of the City of Bexley
The Mayor serves as the city manager, safety director, and director of development for the City of Bexley. As well as overseeing day-to-day operations at the city and supervising city personnel, the Mayor is also tasked by the City's charter with creating and implementing the City's strategic plan.
The following are the unofficial election results as reported today by the Franklin County Board of Elections. For full elections results, visist the Board of Elections by clicking here.
For Mayor - City of Bexley 10 of 10 Precincts Reporting Name Party Absentee Nov5 Votes Total Ben Kessler NON 286 2,497 2,783 For Auditor - City of Bexley 10 of 10 Precincts Reporting Name Party Absentee Nov5 Votes Total Bill Harvey NON 186 1,302 1,488 Gary W. Qualmann NON 102 979 1,081 For Member of Council - City of Bexley 10 of 10 Precincts Reporting Name Party Absentee Nov5 Votes Total Lori Ann Feibel NON 238 1,900 2,138 Deneese Owen NON 166 1,778 1,944 Richard Sharp NON 151 1,423 1,574 Robert Kaynes, Jr. NON 166 1,155 1,321 For Member of Council - City of Bexley 10 of 10 Precincts Reporting Name Party Absentee Nov5 Votes Total Anne R. Lewis NON 240 2,084 2,324
#49 Bexley Public Library Tax Levy 10 of 10 Precincts Reporting Issue Absentee Nov5 Votes Total FOR THE TAX LEVY 236 2,049 2,285 AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 78 736 814
On October 8th, 2013, a public meeting will be held to solicit resident input on the modernization of Bexley's Strategic Plan. The requirement by Bexley City Charter for the Mayor to submit a strategic plan to City Council was added to the Charter in the late 1990s, and also to Chapter 264 of the Bexley Codified Ordinances in April of 2000. I've been working on an update to the City's strategic plan over the past year, and first presented a draft to Bexley City Council in the early Spring of 2013.
Why a plan? A strategic plan serves as a great organizing document for defining priorities going forward. Not only does it help unify the prioritization of initiatives, but it also serves as an effective communication tool to help residents understand the foundation behind the direction pursued by City leadership. A good plan is one that had plentiful input from stakeholders (City residents and City leadership) and one that is adopted and embraced across a wide spectrum of input.
The draft Bexley Strategic Plan (rev. 2013) incorporates a series of recommendations and priorities organized by the following categories: Development, Finance, Safety, Services, Infrastructure, Recreation, Communication, Technology, and Community. Rather than being its own stand-alone effort, this plan catalogues and builds off and essentially unifies a series of strategic planning efforts leading up to it, including previous Mayor-submitted City strategies, the Southwest Bexley Master Plan, and the Bexley Land Use Strategy, among others.
To read a copy of the plan, you can download it here (8.3 MB).
What do you like about the plan? What's missing? What would you change?
If you're able to make the public meeting/workshop, it will be at 6:00pm at Bexley City Council Chambers on October 8, 2013. If you're not able to make the meeting, please provide feedback via the survey below.
An article from the September 5th edition of ThisWeek News covering the work of the zoning code modernization committee suggested that the committee had recommended a lift on the ban of East Main Street drive-throughs. This is not the case. The zoning code committee is interested in providing regulations for drive throughs on East Livingston, where drive-throughs are allowed by city charter but where there are currently no standards in place for drive-throughs. The committee is not interested in expanding the footprint of areas in Bexley where drive-throughs are allowed.
The primary focus of this committee is on cleaning up “untidy” areas of the code. Among other issues, our code is riddled with references to commissions that no longer exist, and is full of zoning requirements for districts that are not used in the city. In some instances our code doesn’t adequately address uses that are already allowed, such as in the instance of Livingston Avenue and drive-throughs.
In "Ask The Mayor" posts, I'll be posting redacted questions or comments from residents and my answers to them, in case the information is helpful to other residents wondering the same thing!
I am a resident of Bexley and I have been living in Bexley on Bellwood Avenue for 28 years. It has been at least 10 years since the City has redone the asphalt on Bellwood Avenue. When I called the City they told me that Bellwood Avenue is not a busy street and that is the reason they have not done it. I would disagree with this statement because Bellwood is off of a primary street, Cassady Avenue, and there are apartments to the east of Bellwood and Standwood Ave that attract a large amount of traffic. It is disappointing to see that the "richer" parts of Bexley tend to get more attention when it comes to the quality of the streets, but not on our side of Bexley. I do not know if the condition of the streets in areas such as Parkview Avenue are in better condition because the city spends more money there or maybe because those streets truly do not get as much traffic as Bellwood Ave.