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Government

  • Supervisors question developer's track record

        A request by a developer to rezone five acres of a nine acre tract in Forest failed by a tie vote when it came before the board of supervisors Monday night.

  • Commission members explain stance on why they won’t attend program

        Two newly appointed members of the Bedford County Planning Commission do not intend to take the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioners’ Program, even though a provision requiring that remains in the planning commission’s bylaws.
        County Attorney Carl Boggess has written a legal opinion stating that the planning commission has no mechanism to enforce this bylaw.
        Here is why the two men aren’t going to attend the program.

  • City budget remains tight

        “Extremely tight.”
        That’s how Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski describes this year’s budget for the city.
        So tight, in fact, that Council has squeezed out even the $14,000 set aside every year for the annual fireworks display in Bedford.

  • The bylaws say do it

        A provision in the Bedford County Planning Commission’s bylaws that requires all commission members to complete the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner’s Program within one year of being appointed to the commission remains in force.
        But don’t look for all of the commissioners to comply.

  • 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.