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Government

  • 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.

  • County Parks and Rec is on the move with new programs

    Bedford County’s Department of Parks and Recreation has a new home. The department has moved from its old offices in the city of Bedford into the former county nursing home building on Falling Creek Road.
        The move has been beneficial, according to Michael Stokes, the county’s director of parks and recreation.

  • Neudorfer: Just using total per-pupil spending is unfair when looking at county’s commitment

        District 2 Supervisor Chuck Neudorfer believes that focusing on total per-pupil spending by localities is unfair, when looking at the commitment of Bedford County to funding Bedford County Public Schools.

  • Schmookler to challenge in District 6

        Dr. Andy Schmookler, a Shenandoah County Democrat, will challenge incumbent Congressman Bob Goodlatte for the 6th Congressional District seat. Dr. Schmookler said, in a phone interview last week, that he has the party’s nomination.

  • Apartments request gets OK

        A request by developer Bob Conner to rezone a parcel of land in Forest to build apartments got a 6-0 thumbs up from the Planning Commission Monday night.
        The five acre parcel is located off U. S. 221 and is currently part of a larger parcel zoned PID (planned industrial development), across the highway from its intersection with Perrowville Road. Conner needed it rezoned High Density Multifamily Residential in order to build the apartments. Conner proposes to build seven apartment buildings containing 54 units.

  • Tax rates set

    Bedford County has a tax rate, but no formally adopted budget.
        The supervisors met Monday night to set the county tax rates, which remain unchanged from those of the current fiscal year. The real estate tax rate remains at 50 cents per $100 in assessed valuation.
        Normally, the supervisors adopt the tax rate and the budget at the same meeting. This year, they were unable to adopt a budget at this point because there is no state budget, which impacts how much money the county and the school division will get from the state.

  • Public hearing draws few people

        A public hearing on the upcoming Bedford County budget that contains no tax increases drew a sparse response Monday night. The hearing, held at Bedford Science and Technology Center, left the large auditorium nearly empty with only a few dozen people in attendance.
        “Again this board is faced with the difficult task of creating a balanced budget with decreased funding that has surpassed the local ability to meet budget needs and mandates,” said Becky Griffith, speaking from prepared notes.