Bexley City Council members have retained their existing leadership positions and committee assignments for 2015, but change is on the way -- both in the makeup of council and the physical location of City Hall.

Bexley City Council members have retained their existing leadership positions and committee assignments for 2015, but change is on the way -- both in the makeup of council and the physical location of City Hall.

In addition to four of the seven council seats being up for grabs this year, another change is certain: City Hall will relocate next month from its current location at 2242 E. Main St. and move to a new space at Bexley Square Shopping Center to make way for a new Giant Eagle grocery store.

City Hall's prospective move date is Feb. 13, Mayor Ben Kessler reported at council's Jan. 13 meeting. While City Hall's relocation is on schedule, he added, Giant Eagle has requested an extension to April 1 to take over the City Hall site. The company wants to allow more time to plan for demolition of the existing building and construction of the store.

"They're talking about a mid-2016 completion date, as opposed to a late 2015 completion," as was originally planned, Kessler said.

As the city continues to prepare for the move, the composition of city council remains static. Three council members have terms that will not expire until the end of 2017: President Richard Sharp, Recreation Committee Chairwoman Lori Ann Feibel and Safety Committee Chairwoman Deneese Owen.

But four other council members' seats will be up for grabs this fall and at least one new council member will be elected.

Longtime Councilman Mark Masser, who was appointed to council in 1986, has announced he will not seek re-election this year. Masser is chairman of council's Service Committee and previously served as president in 1992, 1993 and 2007.

Also up for re-election in November are Steve Keyes, Zoning and Development Committee chairman; Tim Madison, Finance Committee chairman; and Jed Morison, Strategic Committee chairman.

Keyes and Madison have not yet announced whether they plan to seek re-election. Morison, who was appointed to council last June to fill Anne Lewis' seat when she resigned due to work and family commitments, has not yet announced whether he plans to run for a full term. He was originally elected to council in 1998 and served until 2006 and again from 2008 to 2012.

In other business at council's Jan. 13 meeting, Kessler announced that the city has received a $41,000 grant from Nissan to fund equipment and installation of a level III DC fast charger at the new City Hall site at Bexley Square. The grant provides for a three-phase, 300-amp charging station that will charge fast-charge-equipped electric vehicles in less than 20 minutes.

The city is working with its electrical contractor and site engineers to plan for the charging station's location and installation, Kessler said.

"The timing for this is perfect," he said. "We're able to add this amenity to our site while it's still under construction, and it will provide a great option for residents and visitors to Bexley."