Bexley's Charter Review Commission has begun holding public meetings, scheduled for 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University, 2199 E. Main St.
The commission is formed approximately every 10 years to study the Bexley city charter and provide recommendations to City Council concerning possible amendments to the document. The charter covers everything from building codes to how city government's executive, administrative and legislative branches operate.
Council members and Mayor Ben Kessler selected the commission's 15 members in September. The members council selected are 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 Kessler selected are Eloise Buker, Ira Kane, Sam Marcellino III, Mark Masser and Rush Witt.
At a Nov. 11 organizational meeting at Bexley City Hall, the commission appointed Offenberg as chairman and Jim Wilson as vice chairman, City Attorney Marc Fishel reported at council's Nov. 12 meeting.
"The commission has a working group that is planning to bring back an outline of procedures and how to go from here," Fishel said. "The group is very committed, obviously, and I look forward to a pretty robust discussion on all aspects of the charter and things that aren't in the charter."
Resolution 11-18, which council approved in August 2018, stated the city would form the Charter Review Commission on or after Oct. 15, 2019, and before Nov. 15, 2019, and that the commission would conclude its work no later than Feb. 1, 2021.
Council member Tim Madison, who introduced Resolution 11-18, asked Fishel if the commission members discussed holding their meetings at City Hall and broadcasting them on Granicus, the system that records and streams public meetings on the city's website, bexley.org.
"I think these meetings should be held at City Hall," Madison said.
Fishel said all of the commission's meetings will be recorded, and while members discussed City Hall as a possible meeting location, scheduling conflicts with other meetings made it an impractical choice.
"Part of the problem ... is the availability of City Hall, which is problematic and would make it difficult to commit to the first and third any day of the week," Fishel said.
Fishel said the commission plans to meet with all of Bexley's elected officials to gather their input for possible charter-review issues once the commission has outlined the content of its meeting agendas.