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Government

  • 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.

  • Boards will have new look as new members take their seat

        For Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike, it was a welcome change — everyone in the courtroom Friday morning was smiling.

        That's not usually the case when court is in session.
        But this was a different occasion. On Friday, the newly-elected local officials were being sworn in for their upcoming terms. Family, friends, supporters and other government officials packed the courtroom to witness the ceremony.
        And it represents a changing of the guard.

  • Board approves shooting range request

        In its last meeting of the year, Monday night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a special use permit that will allow Timothy Hooper to operate a shooting range on his farm, located off Va. 811 in New London. A week before, the County Planning Com-mission had unanimously recommended not approving the permit.

  • Planners oppose shooting range

        The Bedford County Planning Commission unanimously gave a thumbs down to a request by Timothy Hooper to operate a shooting range on his farm in the New London area.

        Hooper had requested that a portion of his farm, previously zoned R-2 (medium density residential), be rezoned to AP (agricultural preserve) to allow him to operate a shooting range on the property. A shooting range is a permitted use in an AP zone with a special use permit. At the same time, he sought a special use permit to operate the range.

  • Zoning change process creates dispute between boards

        The Bedford County Planning Commission held its first meeting last week, since the completion of a public hearing on Nov. 17.

        The hearing was on modifications, proposed by the board of supervisors, to the existing zoning ordinance. Last year, the supervisors rejected a new zoning ordinance that the planning commission had developed. The planning commission has 90 days to make its recommendations on the supervisors’ changes.

  • Shooting range moves forward

        Timothy Hooper is half way toward his goal of operating a commercial shooting range that will be used to train law enforcement officers.

  • State mandate concerns board, some citizens

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors were unanimously uncomfortable with a text amendment to the PD-1 zoning district, a type of planned development district, that will provide for urban development areas.

        The problem the supervisors face is that they are under a state mandate to provide these. The county would also have to repay a $50,000 Virginia Department of Transportation grant if the supervisors fail to approve the amendment.

  • Public sounds off on proposed zoning changes

    This was a second chance to sound off.
    About 135 people turned out, Thursday night, for a joint public hearing by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission on proposed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance.
    The hearing had been continued after 300 people showed up, Nov. 10, for a hearing in a venue that could only accommodate 75. This time, the hearing was held in the auditorium of Bedford Science and Technology Center, which can hold several hundred.

  • Putney returns to House of Delegates

        When Delegate Lacey Putney returns to the House of Delegates in January, it will mark his 50th anniversary of representing the 19th House District.

        Virginia’s state legislature is the oldest democratically elected legislature in the Western Hemisphere — it first met 392 years ago in Jamestown. Putney has personally been a part of more than 12 percent of that history.  He first set foot on the floor of the House in January 1962.