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Government

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Council facing election

        When reversion took place last July, the newly-formed town of Bedford brought in 313 new residents as a result of boundary adjustments with Bedford County.
        That represented a 5.1 percent increase in population for the town. And it means, by breaking that 5 percent threshold, that all town council seats, just elected during a special election in May, will once again be up for election.
        That’s what the reversion rules spelled out.

  • Arrington delays resignation

    If you showed up at the board of supervisor’s Monday evening work session, you probably noticed that there was a person sitting in the District 5 seat who looks a lot like Steve Arrington; that’s because it was him.

        Arrington, who announced at the supervisors’ last regular meeting of 2013, that he plans on stepping down from the board of supervisors has delayed the effective date of that resignation. He said he is postponing the effective date because there are issues he wants to finish.

  • County looks at new regs from EPA

        A major portion of a board of supervisors Monday evening work session was devoted to a presentation on storm water management.
        The state, which, in turn, is responding to an EPA mandate, is requiring all Virginia localities to have a storm water management ordinance in force by July 1 or face fines of up to $32,000 per day for failing to do so. Localities have until May 15 to adopt their ordinances, which must be approved by the state.

  • BRWA responds to lawsuit

        Calling it “irrational” and “unnecessary,” representatives from the Bedford Regional Water Authority have crafted their response to a lawsuit challenging the legality of the proposed Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Plant Project.
        Earlier this month Bedford Weaving filed the lawsuit in an attempt to block the BRWA from constructing the new water treatment plant at Smith Mountain Lake and the water lines that would carry the treated water from the Lake to Forest.

  • Supervisors question school spending

    Mark Twain, the famous 19th century author, once wrote, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” in response to some newspaper stories stating that he had died.
        The same is apparently true of an article that appeared in another county newspaper that reported a heated debate between members of county administration and some members of the board of supervisors during a Jan. 11 retreat held at the Peaks of Otter Lodge.
        Was there a heated debate?

  • Board looks at signs, rentals

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a discussion, at a 5 p. m. work session Monday, on proposals initiated by the supervisors to change the county's zoning and subdivision ordinances. No action was taken at the regular 7:30 p.m. meeting that followed.

    Signage restrictions
        One item was a proposal to eliminate the signage restrictions from corridor overlay districts. Corridor overlays are applied to certain highways and add additional restrictions to the underlying zone's requirements.

  • Warner visits New London at Chamber event

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce hosted Senator Mark Warner at an event held at the Center for Advanced Research and Engineering in New London last week. Warner, first elected to the U. S. Senate in 2008, is up for reelection this year.

        “I’ve actually been a business guy long before I was a political guy,” Warner told the Chamber gathering.

  • Senate looks at weekend jail sentencing

    By Eric Luther
    Capital News Service

        RICHMOND -- A new bill aiming to amend and reenact the Code of Virginia requirements allowing individuals guilty of misdemeanors and certain nonviolent felonies to serve nonconsecutive jail sentences has been proposed by Sen. William Stanley Jr., R-Moneta.
        Senate Bill 167 seeks to remove a code provision stating a criminal sentence of nonconsecutive days only be issued on the basis of allowing a convicted individual to retain employment.