Bexley City Council tied up some loose ends Tuesday night before its annual recess begins in August.

Bexley City Council tied up some loose ends Tuesday night before its annual recess begins in August.

Council members heard second readings of many proposed ordinances, including changes in zoning and amendments to the city's "General Offenses Code."

These ordinances will be voted on at the next council meeting, scheduled for Sept. 9.

Ken Gold, an adjunct professor at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University, also made a presentation about the future of Bexley development, along with one of his students who participated in a quarter-long course about real estate and development.

Gold, a Bexley resident, had his class work with Bexley on development ideas for East Main Street, between Parkview and Drexel avenues. His students identified this area to have the greatest potential for development.

Some of the students' ideas included putting in a hotel across from the new Bexley Gateway development at East Main Street and Parkview Avenue. They also showed plans to move City Hall to incorporate new shops and affordable apartments around it, as well as change the streetscape at Capital University by adding shops, restaurants, fountains and performance areas.

He said his class of second-year MBA students worked with the Knowlton School of Architecture during the 10-week class.

"It was the first time we were able to emulate what goes on in the real world, in term so development," Gold said. "It was really exciting."

Council member Mark Masser said he thought the presentation was exceptional and educational.

"It's the beginning of new ideas," he said.

Gold said his class came up with some new and detailed ideas to push Bexley forward.

In other matters:

Council heard a presentation by Kevin Welker and Mark Bonneville, representing the newly formed Bexley Technology Commission. They talked to council about changing the face of www.bexley.org, suggesting use of a new open-source content-management system called Joomla! to make the Web site more user-friendly. They said they also aim to create a better functioning community calendar.

"We want to make sure everyone can find those events," Welker said. "There is quite an interest in it."

Welker and Bonneville said changing the Web site also would save the city money over time. Joomla! costs less than $100 per year, they said.

Council supported the effort and asked city attorney Lou Chodosh to see how other cities manage the content that could be posted to their community calendars.

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