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Mayor Ben’s Four Things – 9/8 Edition

Friday, Sep 8, 2023 at 4:41 pm

This week I invited members from the Jeffrey Park Master Plan committee to walk the creek from the pool parking lot up to the Jeffrey woods boardwalk.  It was a great opportunity to see the park from a different perspective, and better understand the natural beauty of the Alum Creek corridor. Spotted: a beautiful great blue heron, lots of fish and crawfish, and seemingly endless majestic sycamores.  Keep an eye out for park planning updates, with an initial public workshop date to be scheduled soon!

This upcoming Tuesday, the City’s draft Strategic Plan update that was circulated earlier this summer will be discussed in greater depth at an earlier session of Council at 5:00 pm at City Hall.  Following any tweaks from this meeting, we’ll be hosting a public workshop to review the draft plan prior to finalization.

Thanks to a grant from the Bexley Community Foundation, we’ve recently launched a TreePlotter program to help arborists and planners identify infill tree planting spots, and to provide the community with more information about the trees of the Bexley Arboretum. While the data is still being expanded, the site is now live and you can learn a little bit more about the tree in front of your house by visiting our TreePlotter site today!

Last weekend’s Labor Day Block Party and Bexley BrewFest was a blast, thanks to so much hard work from organizers and volunteers who made it possible. My highlight of the weekend was finding myself unexpectedly filling in on keys for The Samples, in between helping out with our award-winning* Bexley Cookout Crew.  There was so much going on, and something for everyone – a huge thanks to everyone who helped out, and especially to our city police, rec, and service team members who (as always) went above and beyond in making this event so special for the community – cheers to them!

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