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Update: Bexley’s single-use plastics ban far from in the bag

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Update: Just when Bexley thought they had a new ban in the bag, state lawmakers are swooping in to disrupt things.

An ordinance to outlaw single-use plastic grocery bags was passed by Bexley City Council in May, but two new bills could block it from ever going into effect.

According to The Dispatch, both House Bill 242 and Senate Bill 222 would bar local governments from imposing a “fee, assessment or other charge” on the use of “auxiliary containers” such as bags, boxes, and cups given out by restaurants and retailers.

If even one of the bills pass, the ban on plastic bags in Bexley could be squashed. Visit dispatch.com for more information.


05/29/2019: A ordinance banning single-use plastic bags was passed by the Bexley City Council last night by a 6-1 vote.

The ban will apply to all businesses within Bexley city limits and at all city facilities and city-sponsored events beginning Jan. 1, 2020

A ban on beverage straws, stirring sticks, drink stoppers and cutlery will begin in 2021.


05/23/2019: Single-use plastic grocery bags, straws and cutlery could become obsolete in Bexley in the next few years if a new ordinance is passed.

Ordinance 14-19 would place a ban on plastic grocery and carryout bags at all businesses within Bexley city limits and at all city facilities and city-sponsored events beginning Jan. 1, 2020. A ban on beverage straws, stirring sticks, drink stoppers and cutlery would follow on Jan. 1, 2021, reports This Week News.

Also on January 1, 2021, the ban on single-use plastics would extend to educational institutions, with the exception for plastic straws for those with special needs. Mobile businesses, like food trucks, would be another exception to the single-use plastic ban.

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Customers would be encouraged to bring their own bags, but business owners would be allowed to offer paper or other reusable bags for a 10-cent charge under the proposal. Troy Markham, chairman of council’s service and environmental committee who introduced this ordinance April 23, ensured that the 10-cent charge would not be collected by the city, but rather, would be itemized by the store to the consumer, reports This Week News.

Bexley City Council will vote for the third and final time on this legislation during the meeting Tuesday, May 28, at 6:30 PM at t Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.

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Former Giant Eagle on Neil could become the city’s latest mixed-use development

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Developer Casto is eying the former Giant Eagle location at 777 Neil Ave. as the site of a brand new mixed-use development, according to NBC4i.

Casto shared its plans with the Harrison West Society on Wednesday night. If approved, the Thurber Village shopping center on Neil Avenue would be redeveloped for residential and commercial use.

The first major hurdle the developer will need to clear is gaining the approval of CVS, which still operates a location in the site in spite of Giant Eagle's closure in 2017.

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“Save BIG money”—Hilliard Menards opening date announced

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The highly-anticipated new location of big-box megastore Menards will open Tuesday, Feb. 25, just south of Hilliard on Hilliard Rome Road, according to the company.

“Opening this new store will provide greater shopping convenience for everyone in the area,” Menards’ Ryan Neumeier said in a release.

Headquarted in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Menards is a family-owned company with more than 300 home improvement stores in 14 states. The new Menards is the fourth Central Ohio location, joining stores on Morse Road, E Broad St. and in Lewis Center.

For more information, visit Menards.com.

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Gahanna student facing prison time for triple-fatal crash near Easton

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An 18-year-old Gahanna Lincoln High School student is facing a 17-year prison sentence after causing a car crash near Easton in October that resulted in three fatalities.

Kobie Marquise Stillwell was driving an Audi A6 at 116 mph when he collided with a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Morse and Sunbury roads near Easton Town Center on October 12.

Two people in the Camry were killed: Kumari Biswakarma (driver), 40, of the Northeast Side, and her 24-year-old daughter Anju Biswakarma, reports The Dispatch. Kumari's 22-year-old daughter, Srijana Biswakarma, was hospitalized with severe injuries.

JaShawn Scott, 17, who was a passenger in the Audi 6 and Stillwell's football teammate, was pronounced dead at the hospital following the crash. A second passenger in the Audi was also injured.

Additionally an AK-47 was recovered from the Audi after the fatal accident.

A $25,000 bond was set at Stillwell's arraignment Wednesday. If convicted of the three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault, with attached firearm specifications, he could be sentenced to 17 years in prison.

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