Residents address grievances with Capital University

There were complaints at the Sept. 23 Bexley City Council meeting about the way Capital University maintains its properties, as the council considered allowing the university to use a residential property for offices. 

 

The council voted to allow the variance in zoning. Members also voted on other routine business and heard reports on community issues.  

Residents did not completely oppose the university¹s use of the property, but used the opportunity to bring up issues with properties owned by Capital.  

Melinda Akins, who rents from Capital, alleged when there are needs, they aren¹t addressed properly and in a timely manner.  She didn¹t oppose the university using the property for offices, she said, but wanted the university to put some resources into the residential homes they already own.

She said she also was concerned that if the university wants to change the zoning on one property, it will want to change it on others.  

Bexley resident Tamara Angle also wanted better service from Capital.  

"Houses are falling apart and they are not taking care of it," she alleged. "They have not been good stewards of their properties and that¹s what my concern is."  

Representatives from the university said the school is in the process of changing their property management firm after getting feedback from residents.  

Council Member Rick Weber noted that Capital¹s property maintenance is often a secondary issue when the school brings proposals before the council, and if it would take care of those issues it would be a lot easier for things to get done.  

He also expressed support for the change in zoning, and said he didn¹t want the area to lose its residential feel.

"I¹m not jumping up and down about this change, but I¹m comfortable with it," he said.

  

Capital University got praise from City Attorney Lou Chodosh, who said in his report to the council that the school has been working well with the community to deal with poor student behavior, and that the good neighbor agreement signed this spring is working.  

"I think they are answering some of the resident concern about the neighborhood and the behavior over there," he said.  "They are really on board with this. They don¹t like this behavior any more than we do."

Chodosh specifically mentioned an incident Sept. 19 when a fraternity and sorority event got out of control with fighting, obscene language and drug use. Bexley Police were called in to help the university police. Chodosh said the incident had already been dealt with and the event canceled for next year.  

Other news

* Council President Matt Lampke and Service Director Bill Harvey thanked the service department crews for all their hard work after the wind storm.  

Harvey said he got many calls from residents thanking them for their work. He also expressed gratitude to area businesses that donated food to the crews.  

He said if residents want firewood, they are free to pick it up from the curbs.  Lampke thanked residents for their patience during the process and for pitching in to help out.  

* Harvey said political signs are not allowed on right-of-ways or city property, and would be removed if placed there.  

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