Plans are in the works to review Bexley's charter, which hasn't had a thorough evaluation in more than a decade.

Plans are in the works to review Bexley's charter, which hasn't had a thorough evaluation in more than a decade.

Bexley City Council on Tuesday night heard the second reading of a resolution that would create a charter review commission.

The charter says council has the option to review the document every 10 years, although the last review happened in 1998, city attorney Lou Chodosh said. The charter states the review must begin by Feb. 15 and conclude by Dec. 15 of the same year, he said.

The commission could have its initial meeting this year, but the majority of the work would take place in 2010, said Mayor John Brennan, who was involved with Hilliard's charter review commission process when he worked as that city's parks and recreation director.

The commission usually meets once a month and seeks opinion from city directors and other city officials, he said.

The resolution before council was updated Tuesday night to include 13 members on the commission. The resolution originally called for nine members, but concern was expressed by some council members at their Oct. 13 meeting that nine was not enough, Brennan said.

He said an 11- to 13-member commission would be OK, but any more and the process becomes too cumbersome.

Brennan declined to comment when asked which items might need to be addressed, saying he didn't want to influence the work of the charter review commission.

Members of the commission named in the resolution are Don Brosius, Jason Dolan, Eric Duffee, Mitch Fries, Stephen Keyes, Fran Lesser, Carol Lannon, Diane Peterson and Mike Simpson. Four more names are to be added by the time the legislation has its final reading in two weeks.

Council member Robyn Jones is leading the effort to create the commission because she serves as chairwoman of the finance and judiciary committee. She doesn't believe this charter review will be as detailed as the previous one.

"A lot of what they did last time was technical to make sure there wasn't any conflict among the different ordinances," she said.

Once the commission makes recommendations, council will have the final say before placing an issue on the ballot. Jones said any charter changes would be placed on the ballot next November.

One issue that Jones would like the commission to address is the qualifications for elected positions. For example, the city charter stipulates the auditor must be a Bexley resident, but it doesn't outline any other qualifications, she said.

"I would like to see, if possible, some baseline requirements," she said.

Chodosh, who asked council to take a look at the charter and share concerns, said city code also could get a facelift if the review finds inconsistencies.

"I don't have any agenda," he said. "They are going to be public meetings. Bexley residents are welcome to come and express their (opinion)."

Simpson, who is chairman of the city's planning commission, said council asked him to get involved with the charter review commission.

"This is another way to volunteer my time to the city of Bexley," he said.

Keyes, who has been living in Bexley for seven years, said he was eager to serve on the commission.

"I have gotten more and more interested in public service and giving back to the city of Bexley any way I can to keep us strong for the future," he said.