The sale of the city-owned tree nursery site is back on Bexley City Council's agenda.

The sale of the city-owned tree nursery site is back on Bexley City Council's agenda.

Council went into executive session Tuesday night to discuss an ordinance authorizing Mayor John Brennan and auditor Larry Heiser to negotiate the sale of the roughly 2.8-acre site near North Parkview and Caroline avenues.

City officials would not discuss the issue publicly, and no action was taken on the ordinance. It will receive a second reading during council's June 10 meeting.

The ordinance, included in documents presented at the meeting, stated the purchase price of the property "shall be $380,000." The purchaser is listed as Rider Brice Architect and Builders.

The sale of the property has prompted discussion over the past several years. In early 2007, council rejected two separate bids for purchase of the site. One was for $600,000 from L. Rider Brice, who wanted to use it for residential development. Officials would not confirm that the name listed on the current ordinance is the same person.

The other bid rejected in 2007 was for $150,000 from Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein, who wanted to give the property back to the city as preserved parkland.

In July 2007, Bruce Langner, the city's development director, told council the land was appraised at $280,000-$400,000, based on what building density the city would approve on the property. City officials have said they want the property to be used in residential development to bring in property- and income-tax revenues.

In other business council:

Heard the first reading of an ordinance to appropriate $6.6-million from the general fund to pay for the construction of the new police station at 2771 Delmar Drive. The facility is estimated to cost $5.7-million. City officials said they will sell bonds to pay for the construction and service the debt from the general fund.

Heard from council president Matt Lampke about developing a public-speaker policy when the public addresses council.

"It doesn't limit the time, length or topic of remarks from the audience," Lampke said, "just providing notice to any speakers of the code of conduct that we would like to see honored."

The policy as presented at the meeting would have individuals provide their name and address, but not interrupt the meeting or use defamatory or abusive remarks. It also stated that violating the guidelines could terminate the speaker's remarks and could result in removal from the meeting.

Lampke said he has asked city attorney Lou Chodosh to see if council has liability if it doesn't implement some guidelines.