Planning was a big theme in Bexley for 2018, as both the city and schools worked on documents to guide future decisions. Here is a look back at some of the major stories of the year.

STRATEGIC MOVE -- The Bexley City School District adopted its first strategic plan in more than a decade, following a process that ran from March to August. The plan contains three-year goals and annual objectives in various areas. Costs for the implementation are estimated at $445,000.

Bexley gets to specifics, unveils strategic plan

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PAVING THE WAY -- In November, Bexley voters approved Issue 12, a 3.5-mill replacement levy that city officials say will help keep area streets in good condition. According to city estimates, the replacement levy will generate about $780,000 per year, and cost property owners an estimated additional $50 per $100,000 of property valuation.

Bexley voters say yes to streets levy

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MANSION MAKEOVER -- From April through August, the Jeffrey Mansion Master Plan Refresh Committee worked with Columbus-based Schooley Caldwell to update the 2008 Jeffrey Mansion master plan. The plan includes expanding the mansion's ground floor to create a multipurpose space for recreation programming and community use. The city estimates the project will cost $3.25 million.

Bexley council votes in Jeffrey Mansion master plan, awaits policy item

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GROWING INTEREST -- The Friends of Bexley Community Garden effort expanded with a new location adjacent to the Bexley Police Department, 559 N. Cassingham Road. The North Community Garden, unveiled in April, complements the southwest community garden, located in the Ferndale Place/Mayfield Place neighborhood off East Livingston Avenue.

City’s garden options grow

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CELEBRATION COLLABORATION -- In early 2018, the Main Event Committee merged with the Bexley Celebrations Association, which presents the annual Fourth of July celebration. The combined organization presented the annual Main Event summer entertainment series and a new Jazz in the Park Series in Bexley's Havenwood Park.

Jazz, films to entertain audiences this summer