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Government

  • Johannessen wants to serve community

        “Several people asked me about it,” said Bruce Johannessen, explaining why he’s running for Bedford Town Council.
        He also believes a citizen owes his community some time and effort.
        “I think serving on Council is part of doing something for the community,” he said.
        This is Johannessen’s first bid for elective office, but he’s no stranger to government. He’s worked for the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) for 43 years.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge seeks county's help for fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, would like some help with next year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The Moose Lodge has sponsored the last two fireworks displays. Dooley appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        Dooley said the Lodge had a meeting after this summer’s fireworks to decide if they were going to continue the displays.
        “We had an overwhelming ‘yes, we’d like to do it',” he said.

  • County appropriates budget

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted 6-0, with District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker absent, to appropriate the county’s $89.38 million general fund budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1. The budget’s capital improvement fund includes $800,000 designated for emergency apparatus. It also includes $2 million for water and sewer debt service.

  • National D-Day Memorial to Remain a Private Foundation

    The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is moving forward after news that the National Park Service will not be taking over the monument.  After four years of study, research, and conversations with numerous Park Service officials, the determination has been made that the Memorial does not meet NPS criteria.

  • Council begins work on budget

    Bedford Town Council got to work this week dissecting a proposed budget from town staff that raises electric rates by 2 percent, but leaves real estate property taxes at its current rate.
        Town Manager Charles Kolakowski presented his budget to council last week and work on it was scheduled to begin in earnest by council yesterday during a work session.

  • Chairman questions abstentions

        The Feb. 10 Board of Supervisors regular meeting marks the third time recently that District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson has abstained on a vote.
        At that meeting Thomasson abstained on a vote to transfer 69 acres of the former Camp 24 site to the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) for a new water treatment plant.
        That vote comes after Thomasson abstained, last month, on a vote to advertise the public hearing for the land transfer. 

  • Planning Commission decides project consistent with comp plan

        A proposal, by the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) to treat water, drawn from Smith Mountain Lake, at a new water treatment plant to be built at the former Camp 24 site, and pumped to Forest, via Bedford, cleared its first hurdle last week when the planning commission decided, on a 7-0 vote, that the project was in accord with the county’s comprehensive plan.
        Several people spoke about the project at a public hearing held before the vote.

  • Water project moves ahead

        The Bedford Regional Water Authority’s (BRWA) plans to build a new water treatment plant and send Smith Mountain Lake water, treated at this plant, to Bedford and Forest moved one step closer to becoming a reality Monday night.

  • Supervisors not ready to make a call on what school to build

        It’s been noted that Bedford County’s supervisors, with the exception of District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington, had little to say after the school board presented three school construction options to them at a joint meeting at the end of last month. They asked for time to consider these options, and discuss them among themselves before making a decision.
        Most of them feel that there are a lot of unknowns involved in all the options, and they need time to digest the information they do have.

  • Fire chiefs want county to provide more money to support departments

        Bedford’s volunteer fire chiefs believe the county’s new fire department funding formula is inadequate, according to Eric Shell, Hardy’s fire chief.
        Shell, representing the county’s fire commission and backed by various fire chiefs who filled two pews in the supervisors’ meeting chamber, spoke before the county supervisors at a work session Monday night.
        Shell said the fire departments have had  flat funding for 20 years.