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Government

  • High school tracks to get upgrade

        A request to appropriate $3 million held in reserve for construction of the new middle school drew discussion about what happened to the remaining $1.1 million of the money left over from the Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) renovation.
        There was also discussion, and eventual approval, of a request for funding upgrades to the tracks at the county’s three high schools.

  • Action affects short-term rentals

        Nobody spoke at a public hearing on zoning ordinance text amendments proposed by the Bedford County Planning Commission, but some supervisors had plenty to say.
        One item is a text amendment that requires owners of short term rental properties that are within 500 feet of the 795-foot elevation contour, and have private septic tanks, to have their septic tanks pumped out, or inspected, at least once every five years. This is a provision that was deleted two years ago.

  • Council votes for electric fund cash reserve

        Town Council voted 6-0, with Councilman Beckham Stanley absent, to establish a written policy calling for a $5.2 million cash reserve for the electric department.

        Town Manager Charles Kolakowski introduced the measure for discussion during the 5:30 p.m. work session that precedes the last regular meeting of each month. Kolakowski said this fund balances out the ups and downs of an electric utility and is sound fiscal policy.

  • A nose for electronics

        Sheriff Mike Brown introduced a new deputy, last week, who will be working for the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.

        He won’t be going on the Internet looking for pedophiles as he really has no computer skills. He does, however, have a nose for electronic storage devices.

  • Transient occupancy tax delayed

        The increase in Bedford County’s transient occupancy tax won’t take effect until Jan. 1.

        The supervisors voted 6-0, Monday night, with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp absent, to delay the increase. The action was taken due to concern over the impact a July 1 effective date would have on contracts for summer rentals that had already been paid before the supervisors voted, last month, to raise the tax.

  • Transient occupancy tax delayed

        The increase in Bedford County’s transient occupancy tax won’t take effect until Jan. 1.

        The supervisors voted 6-0, Monday night, with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp absent, to delay the increase. The action was taken due to concern over the impact a July 1 effective date would have on contracts for summer rentals that had already been paid before the supervisors voted, last month, to raise the tax.

  • Nance, Babb honored for their work on Harris case

        Two Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney office employees, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance and Investigator Gary Babb, were recently presented with 2016 Law Enforcement Public Service Awards by the United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Virginia for their work on the federal prosecution and conviction of a serial sextortionist of teenage girls.

  • Bedford Police join White House initiative for open data

        The Bedford Police Department is participating in an Open Data Initiative sponsored by the White House in an effort to help law enforcement be more transparent to the public.
        Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner and IT specialist  Christie Crouch attended a one-day seminar last month in Washington D.C. at the White House as part of joining that initiative.

  • Board adopts revised school budget

        School budget issues were a major feature of Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting.

        School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler came before the supervisors to ask for $2 million in one time funding. His request covered eight items.
        Hostutler asked for money to fund a new central office phone system at a cost of $17,000.  He also asked for $50,000 for school security. He said this would finish the job of providing a controlled entrance at all schools, requiring visitors to be buzzed in.

  • S-curves may get VDOT funding

    Aubrey Layne, Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation, dropped by the Welcome Center with some good news. The S-curves on U. S. 460 may get realigned. These two sets of curves have been the scene of a number accidents and have proven fatal to truckers if their load shifts while negotiating them.