Residents will have an opportunity to review the city's charter and suggest revisions if Bexley City Council approves a resolution establishing a new commission at council's next meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
The city's existing charter says council may form a committee to review the charter every 10 years, and the last charter review began in 2009, according to Resolution No. 11-18, which council is currently considering.
Tim Madison, chairman of council's Zoning, Development and Judiciary Committee, introduced the resolution. He said he there are several issues the charter review commission could address, including term limits and an ethics ordinance for appointed and elected officials. Council began discussing a code of ethics and conduct when council member Monique Lampke introduced Ordinance 13-18 on April 24. The ordinance has been tabled since May 22 after several council members voiced concerns about how the ordinance could be interpreted and enforced.
Madison said the charter review commission should address the code of ethics and conduct.
"I believe that should be the exclusive purview of the charter review commission," he said at council's Aug. 14 meeting. "I think that is a major issue should be decided by disinterested, third party residents without implicit bias."
Since a charter review is an exhaustive and time-consuming process, Lampke said she is "trying to find out if we have enough issues to warrant putting one together, given how much time and effort it's going take of residents and those sitting on (the commission)."
Madison said the public should decide which issues the charter review commission addresses.
"This shouldn't be driven by city council. I understand that city council could have input on it," he said. "Obviously, there will be public hearings and all of those residents will have an opportunity [to raise issues]."
Council voted unanimously at the Aug. 14 meeting to amend Resolution No. 11-18 to allow Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler to solicit residents' applications to serve on the charter review commission Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.
Council's third and final vote on the resolution is set for Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. at Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.