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Government

  • What should be done with Bedford Middle School?

    Have an idea about what should happen to Bedford Middle School once the new middle school is built in the Liberty attendance zone?

    You may be just the person Bedford Town Council is looking to help with that issue.

    Council is seeking area residents who would be interested in serving on an advisory committee to discuss ideas about what to do with BMS once it is vacated by Bedford County Public Schools. The advisory committee will be made up about seven members.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.    

  • 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.

  • 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.