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Government

  • Planners continue look at zoning ordinance amendments

        The Bedford County Planning Commission has nearly finished its comments on the board of supervisors’ proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance.   
        District 2 planning commission member Jeff Burdett said that the corridor overlays requirements are fine in rural areas but too restrictive  at points where the corridor goes through developed areas. In those areas, the planning commission members want to eliminate the overlays’ additional setbacks and allow larger signs.

  • School budget cut by $2.5M

        The Bedford County School Board won’t get all the funding it was hoping to receive from the county. This means school board members will have to find cuts to their proposed $106 million budget.
        Bedford County’s supervisors are proposing to transfer $38 million to the school division in the next fiscal year. In addition, they are proposing to hold $1 million in a general fund reserve, earmarked for future school division debt service.

  • Supervisors debate CIP, school budget at meeting

    By John Barnhart
    Staff Writer
    johnbarnhart@bedfordbulletin.com

        Bedford County’s supervisors reviewed their capital improvement plan and took a look at the school budget, Monday evening. The school board had passed the school budget late last week and the supervisors got their first look at it when copies were distributed to them at their 5 p.m. work session.

  • Local farmers support use of bioslids

        An informational meeting held last week by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)  on biosolids drew 54 people, mostly farmers in support of its use as fertilizer.
        Biosolids is a name given to sewer sludge that has been treated and prepared to be spread on agricultural land as fertilizer. Synagro Central LLC has applied for an issuance of a permit to authorize the land application of biosolids to 576 fields in Bedford County totaling about 13,033 acres of agricultural land.

  • Planning Commission looks at regs

        After briefly revisiting the issue of allowing firearms sales in residential zones, the county’s planning commission turned to discussing private roads, corridor overlays and subdivision of agricultural land. The latter entailed considerable discussion and the commission preceded its regular meeting, last week, with a 5 p.m. work session to allow ample time.

  • Changes to permitted use table sought

        Both District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard and District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker are seeking to have some additions made to the permitted use table in the county’s zoning ordinance.
        Unless something is listed in a permitted use for a particular zone, it is not allowed. The two supervisors’ motions instruct the planning commission to begin the process, which will come back to the supervisors for final approval.

  • Supervisors react to school budget proposal

        Superintendent of Schools Dr. Douglas Schuch’s presentation of the school divisions’ 2013-2014 budget before the board of supervisors, Monday evening, drew a mixed reaction.
        The problem some supervisors had with it is that it uses most of the extra money the school division will get next fiscal year from the state—due to Bedford’s reversion to town status—for operating expenses.

  • Budget talks underway

        Bedford County’s fire and rescue department may be moving into a portion of the former county group home facility. The consensus of the supervisors, at a Monday night work session, was to accept Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers’ recommendation that the fire and rescue department move its headquarters there.

  • Public meeting set on biosolids applications

        A public meeting on a permit application to allow the land application of biosolids in Bedford County has been scheduled for next Wednesday, March 13.
        The meeting will be held at Central Virginia    Community    College-Bedford Campus Community Room, 1633 Venture Blvd., Bedford, from 5-7 p.m.

  • Planning commission begins zoning ordinance review

        The Bedford County Planning Commission began a two-part process of reviewing the supervisor’s proposed modifications to the county’s zoning ordinance. This follows a joint public hearing that the supervisors held earlier this month.