The year 2019 brought change to Bexley's leadership, landscape and lifestyles. Here is a look back at the top 5 storylines:
NEW LEADERS -- The November election resulted in new additions to Bexley City Council, as Matt Klingler, Jen Robinson and Jessica Saad were chosen for the panel. Incumbent Troy Markham was reelected, and members Tim Madison and Steve Keyes chose not to run. Mary Gottesman lost her bid to remain on council. Voters chose to add Alissha Mitchell and Victoria Powers to the school district's board of education. Andrew Bashore became the city's service director.
PLAY SPACE -- A new community playground was created at Schneider Park, in the Ferndale Place/Mayfield Place neighborhood in southwest Bexley. The playground features a climbing tower, a swingset, slides and accessible playground equipment. An onsite picnic shelter provides space for family reunions or community gatherings.
GOING GREEN -- Green Bexley, a community-wide initiative to promote environmentally friendly practices among residents, businesses, schools, city government and other institutions, launched this spring. The group put together the inaugural Green Bexley Fair and the Green Bexley Boot Camp. The city also voted in a ban on the use of single-use plastics in city limits and started a food-waste recycling program.
WELLNESS FOCUS -- This fall, the community-wide Bexley Be Well Initiative kicked off. The initiative addresses the mental health of children and adolescents and is led by the Bexley City Schools, with support from the city and the Bexley Public Library. The initiative hosted speakers, featured film presentations and helped raise general awareness. From Sept. 5 through Oct. 5, residents were encouraged to read "What Made Maddy Run" by Kate Fagan.
CHARTER REVIEW -- The city's charter-review commission began work this fall. Approximately every 10 years, the commission forms to review Bexley's charter and provide recommended updates City Council. The commission has 15 members who plan to meet with Bexley's elected officials and gather input on possible issues.