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Government

  • 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.

  • Commission on Local Government visits Bedford

        The reversion process is rolling along.

        The Virginia Commission on Local Government came to Bedford, Monday, for a two-day visit to gather information as it considers the proposal for the city of Bedford to revert to town status.

  • Supervisors balk at giving schools additional $4.2M

        It’s possible that the Bedford County School Board may not receive the $3.5 million they were anticipating after all. The school board has asked for $3.5 million unspent funds from the county, plus $700,000 of  the money left over from the Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) renovation. The board would like to use that money for maintenance.

  • Supervisors approve Harmony rezoning

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved, Monday night, a rezoning that will clear the way for the proposed Harmony development.
        The Harmony proejct consists of 59 acres on the south side of U. S. 460 that straddles the city/county line on the west side of Bedford. The portion of the Harmony that lies inside the city limits already has the zoning necessary for the project, but the 49 acres in the county was zoned AR (agricultural/residential). George Aznavorian needed the land rezoned PD-1 in order to proceed.

  • Council begins work on city budget

    If reversion is approved for next year, and Bedford changes from a city to a town, the 2013-2014 budget will take on an entirely different look, according to City Manager Charles Kolakowski.
        But this year’s budget proposal has a similar flavor to recent budgets submitted to council for consideration: city services are funded as the economy continues to impact the bottom line.

  • Board provides some relief for bus drivers

        Carol Owen has driven a school bus in Bedford County for 28 years.    

        “It takes a special person to drive a school bus,” she told members of the Bedford County School Board last Thursday. And if the health benefit offered to the drivers is changed, many of the drivers might leave, she warned.

  • Biologist: Coyotes are here to stay

        Chad Fox, a biologist who works out of  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), told the Board of Supervisors Monday night that coyotes are here to stay. The Bedford County Agricultural Board had asked Fox to address the supervisors.