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Government

  • Town water rates go up

        People in Bedford will be seeing higher water and sewer bills. A new rate schedule, approved by the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s (BRWA) board of directors last week, will take effect on July 1.
        According to Brian Key, the rate structure depends on the volume of water used and the meter size.
        “Your average customer is going to have a $3 increase on water  and   a  $4  increase  on sewer,” Key said.

  • Sewer deal flushed?

    By John Barnhart
    and Tom Wilmoth
    Staff Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        A letter written by School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler to the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) may have created some confusion about the Moneta Elementary sewer project.
        But, according to Brian Key, executive director of the water authority, the letter isn’t the issue at all.

  • BRWA to draw more water from SML

        The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) needs to stick a bigger straw in Smith Mountain Lake.
        The new water treatment plant BRWA will build on the former Camp 24 site will be able to treat up to 6 million gallons of water a day, according to Brian Key, BRWA’s director. He said the current High Point plant draws up to 1 million gallons a day. This means BRWA will need a larger water intake pipe, bigger pumps and a larger pump house.

  • Supervisors ready to help pay for sewer line extension

        Bedford County’s supervisors may have decided last week to help fund an extension of sewer lines in Moneta.
        This would solve Moneta Elementary School’s failing septic system problem, although the proposal that District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington brought up at the very end of last week’s meeting, just a little before midnight, would treat it as an economic development measure and funnel the funds though the Economic Development Authority (EDA) instead of transferring the money to the school board.    

  • County's Tourism Director leaving post here

        Bedford County Director of Tourism Sergei Troubetzkoy is leaving his position here to become the city of Lynchburg’s director of tourism.
        Lynchburg City Manager Kim Payne announced Tuesday that he had appointed Troubetzkoy to that position, effective July 2.

  • New feedlot setbacks passed by supervisors

        A joint public hearing between the Bedford County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors packed the supervisors’ meeting chamber, Monday night.
        It wasn’t even standing room only. Every seat was taken, people lined three sides of the room while others stood in the hall because there was no room for them.

  • Budget adopted; no more money allotted to the school system

        Unlike the Commonwealth of Virginia, Bedford County has a budget.
        The problem is, the county will only be able to appropriate local revenue until the state adopts its budget. Monday night, the county’s supervisors adopted an $89,337,592 general fund budget on a 6-1 vote.

  • Supervisors hear from public, too

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors heard from a group of area residents, at its regular meeting last week, urging the board not to close Moneta Elementary School.
        The meeting was held on a Tuesday night, rather than the usual Monday night, because of the Memorial Day holiday. The supervisors hold a citizen comment period at the beginning of each meeting.

  • County leases Group Home facilities

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved leasing the four cottages of the former Group Home on Falling Creek Road to Lutheran Family Services.
        The non-profit organization will lease the buildings for a total of $120,000 per year. The Group Home closed in January, 2013 after a fall in court ordered residential placements under the Comprehensive Youth Services Act due to a change in state philosophy on how to handle these situations.

  • New recreation advisory board is established

        Bedford County’s supervisors have set up a new recreation advisory board, approving it at their last meeting in April.
        According to Wyatt Woody, the county’s parks and recreation director, Bedford County at one time had a recreation commission, which actually made policy decisions and dealt directly with staff. This commission was disbanded in 2004. Later, Michael Stokes, Woody’s predecessor as parks an recreation director, set up and advisory board, but could never get a quorum for meetings.