A new year will bring several new things to the city of Bexley.
The city will launch an expansion of Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave., with the project being put out to bid and groundbreaking tentatively scheduled for the early part of 2020 and completion targeted for late in the year, Mayor Ben Kessler said.
The city will implement a series of park improvements, Kessler said, including the rehabilitation of the Commonwealth Park athletics practice field and installation of arboretum features on the west side of the park. The Schneider Park athletics fields in southwest Bexley are scheduled to open in the spring, and the city will expand the park with a trail leading to East Main Street. Pickleball courts will be installed in Jeffrey Park, behind Jeffrey Mansion, he said.
The city will launch new services for older adults, including volunteer coordination efforts, work through a contract with Jewish Family Services to assess the need for social services and launch a feasibility study for a dedicated senior activity space next to the Bexley Historical Society headquarters, 2080 Clifton Ave.
The Bexley Police Department will deploy body cameras to all officers in early 2020. The body cameras are part of "an effort to increase transparency and accountability of police operations," Kessler said.
Things will be happening within the Bexley City Schools, as well.
The district will begin collecting on the 9-mill operating levy that voters approved in November.
The district estimates the levy will generate about $5 million per year and cost residents approximately $315 annually per $100,000 of home market value.
Funds generated will be used for staff, supplies and other operating expenses and will help further goals outlined in the Bexley Blueprint, the strategic plan the district adopted in 2018, said Superintendent Kimberly Pietsch Miller.
"We're looking forward to continuing to do the work that supports and develops our students to be successful now and into the future," she said. "We will continue our focus on educating the whole child by addressing social, emotional and academic growth. We will continue providing professional development and support for our teachers who continue to personalize education in their classrooms. And we'll keep our focus on expanding experiential learning opportunities to our students."