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Government

  • City eliminates fee

        Retail merchants in the city of Bedford going out of business won't be required any longer to pay a fee to run a “going-out-of-business” sale.
        But they still will have to obtain a permit for that sale.
        At last week's City Council meeting, council voted 6-0 to eliminate a $65 fee that had previously been charged to file the permit. Last month Vice Mayor Robert Wandrei brought up the issue—after being approached by a local business that was closing—about the fee.

  • Hurt addresses Chamber Roundtable

        Congressman Robert Hurt drew a contrast between the Virginia General Assembly and Congress when he spoke before a Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce roundtable last week. Hurt served in both the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2010. The General Assembly convened in Richmond the same day.

        Hurt said that the General Assembly operates with compromise, while in Congress, everybody wants to get their own way because they can borrow 40 cents of every dollar they spend.

  • BZA backs property owner

        A hearing before Bedford’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) last week was historic. It’s the first time Bedford’s BZA has convened in 10 years. The result was that the BZA unanimously upheld the property owner’s appeal.

  • Cujo will head back into the fray

    When the boxing is good, why waste time on trash talk?

  • Virginia should retain AAA rating

    Virginia should retain its current AAA bond rating, according to Delegate Lacey Putney.

        Putney, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, accompanied Governor Bob McDonnell to New York to talk to the three bond rating agencies—Fitch Ratings, Moody’s  and Standard and Poor’s. All three of them give Virginia’s bonds a AAA rating. Standard and Poor’s downgraded U. S. sovereign debt last year.

  • Supervisors reorganize

        The Bedford County Board of supervisors held its organizational meeting Monday night in which members selected a chairman and vice chairman for the rest of the year.

        The supervisors follow a rotation and this year is District 2 Supervisor Chuck Neudorfer’s turn to head the board. Neudorfer was unanimously chosen as chairman and District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington was unanimously chosen as vice chairman.

  • Foster, adoptive families needed

        There's a need for more foster families in the Bedford area. And there's a need for more families willing to adopt foster children.
        According to Andy Crawford, director of Bedford County Department of Social Services, the county is constantly recruiting new families to help in those areas.
        “We really need foster parents and adoptive parents,” Crawford stated.

  • Commission on Local Government to look at Bedford reversion agreement

        Bedford’s reversion to town status still has a long road to travel.
        Ever since the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford City Council voted, in September, to approve a reversion agreement between the city and county, city and county staff have been assembling a packet of information to send to the Virginia Commission on Local Government.  According to Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski this commission looks at all agreements between local governments in the Commonwealth.

  • Citizen group says supervisors violated state law

        A group that calls itself Bedford Above Board, is unhappy with the way the county went about notifying citizens of a public hearing on the zoning ordinance. The hearing, on changes that the board of supervisors plans to make to the county’s zoning ordinance, was held in November. It ended up being held in two parts because the supervisors’ meeting chamber was not big enough to hold the crowd that turned out. It was reconvened to Bedford Science and Technology Center the following week.

  • Council looks to end charge for 'out-of-business' sales

        The city of Bedford is providing non-potable water to customers located on Orange Street, and City Council set the rate last Tuesday for charging for that water.

        Council set the rate at 90.7 cents per 1,000 gallons of non-potable water, plus a monthly customer charge of $13.01.