Bexley's Charter Review Commission is one step closer to convening this fall, with 10 of its 15 proposed members having been selected by Bexley City Council on Aug. 27.
Mayor Ben Kessler said he will appoint five additional members by council's next meeting, scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.
The commission is formed about every 10 years to study the Bexley City Charter and provide recommendations back to Bexley City Council concerning possible amendments. The charter covers everything from building codes to how city government's executive, administrative and legislative branches operate.
At the Aug. 27 meeting, each of council's seven members cast votes and chose these Bexley residents to serve on the commission: Mic Foster, Steve Grossman, Becky Guzman, Bethany Hahn-Ambrosius, Rachel Laing, Larry Long, Edgar Merritt III, John Offenberg, Jim Wilson and Stephanie Wilson.
The members were chosen from 32 applicants. The initial round of applicants included 39 people, but seven withdrew from consideration prior to council's vote, Kessler said.
Kessler said he would select the additional five members after having "the opportunity to look at the professional background of those that council chose and try to round out the committee."
Council President Lori Ann Feibel said council members agreed when discussing the commission member selection process at an Aug. 5 special meeting that Kessler would announce his choices at council's Sept. 10 meeting. That date would give the mayor time to review applications and select from the remaining pool of applicants that council didn't vote for, Feibel said.
"That way, (the mayor) has a chance to round out or make it a whole committee with all kinds of talents," she said.
Resolution 11-18, which Bexley City Council approved last August, states the commission would form on or after Oct. 15 and before Nov. 15, then conclude its work no later than Feb. 1, 2021.