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Government

  • Supervisors discuss planning commission recommendations

        Back on Feb. 6, the Bedford County Planning Commission completed its comments on the Board of Supervisors’ proposed extensive revision of the county’s zoning ordinance.
        By that time, the supervisors were in the middle of developing the county’s FY 2012-2013 budget and they chose to wait until that was finished before they reviewed these comments, many of which were recommendations against a number of the supervisors’ proposed revisions. In some cases, the supervisors accepted these recommendations.

  • Voter turnout appears low for Primary

    egistrars reported light turnout for Tuesday’s Republican primary.
        By 10 a.m. only 1.58 percent of Bedford County’s registered voters had turned out to cast ballots, according to Barbara Gunter, the county’s registrar. She said that Forest Elementary school had the largest voter turnout with 2.8 percent of that precinct’s voters turning out.
        Gunter believes that rain in the morning discouraged many early voters. Furthermore, some county precincts historically don’t get a large early bird turnout.

  • Supervisors approve fund transfer requests

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors took action on three requests Monday from the county’s school division for money transfers from one category to another. in the school division’s operating budget.
        There were two request to transfer a total of $200,000 from the maintenance category and the word “maintenance” elicited a comment from Board Chairman Chuck Neudorfer.

  • Republican primary scheduled for Tuesday

        Republicans will hold a primary next week—Tuesday, June 12—to select a candidate to run for the United States Senate as well as the House of Representatives.

  • New ramp will allow easier access to municipal building

    By Laura Enderson
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        Changes are being made to the city Municipal Building as city officials install an accessibility ramp, along with rails and an automatic door for easier access for the public.
        “It’s an improvement on access abilities,” said Charles Kolakowski, Bedford’s city manager. “It should be very helpful for people that have difficulty with stairs.”

  • With primary approaching, Allen tours Bedford

        George Allen made a stop in Bedford, Friday, during a campaign tour. Allen is seeking the Republican nomination to run for Senate this fall. The nomination will be decided in a primary scheduled for June 12.

        Allen stopped by several Bridge Street businesses talking with owners before holding a small rally in a hallway in the County Administration Building. One stop was Frederic’s Flowers, where Allen asked owner Ricky Wilkerson what could be done to help small businesses.

  • Chamber sponsors Legislative Wrap-up breakfast

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Legislative Wrap-up breakfast, Wednesday, following a historic General Assembly session.

        It was only the day before that Virginia finally had a budget, signed by the governor. Delegate Lacey Putney, who has been part of 50 General Assembly sessions, has said that he believes that this was the first time in Virginia history that the Senate failed to pass a budget during the regular session.

  • City Council takes a look at the budget

        Bedford City Council looked at several items, last week,  as it continued work sessions aimed at developing a budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
        One item involved Virginia Retirement System (VRS) contributions mandated by the state. City Manager Charles Kolakowski’s proposal calls for an approach that will result in no pay loss for employees. The state mandate calls for a 5 percent increase in employee VRS contributions, but permits localities to take a multi-year approach in implementing this.

  • School Board must make cuts to budget

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors formally adopted a county budget Monday night, by a unanimous vote. As a result, the County School Board will have to revisit its budget and make cuts.
        The county’s budget allocates $88.8 million in the general fund and also includes $39.04 million in local funding for the school budget. But that figure is $750,000 less than the school board had requested from the county.

  • Hearing draws few speakers

    Those wanting to let their voices be heard about the city of Bedford’s proposed reversion to town status got their opportunity to state their opinions this week.

        But few took advantage.
        A public hearing, held Monday night by the Virginia Commission on Local Government at Bedford Science and Technology Center, drew a small crowd. The auditorium was nearly empty with about 60 people in attendance. Only a few of those in attendance spoke, with most favoring the reversion.