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Government

  • Assisted Living Facility gets OK from supervisors

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors dealt with several items, Monday night, during the group’s last meeting of 2016.

  • Council considers tax exempt request

        A public hearing on a request by Bedford’s Elks Lodge for real estate tax exempt status drew only one speaker. Tim Childress, a member of the Lodge who spoke in favor of it.
        Childress said the Lodge’s directors are not paid and no money goes to any members and the Lodge does not attempt to influence legislation.
        “The tax is significant to the the Lodge but is negligible to the town,” Childress said.

  • Supervisors grant pay raises

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted pay raises for full time and part time county employees, effective Dec. 1.
        The raises are the result of a salary study that indicated that Bedford County salaries are substantially lower than those paid by surrounding localities. It will cost $900,000 to implement the pay raises for the rest of the current fiscal year, which will end on June 30.
        The raises range from 2 percent to 32 percent, depending on how a position ranked in the study.

  • Carson, Stanley move on from council

        When Bedford Town Council convenes for the first time next year, two men will no longer occupy one of the hot seats.

        Robert Carson and Beckham Stanley chose not to run and newcomers Bruce Johannessen and Bryan Schley picked up the vacant seats.
        Carson, who served on Council for four years, said he tends to be his own worst critic.
        “I just didn’t feel very effective,” he said.

  • Solar Power farm coming to Bedford

        The town of Bedford intends to enter into a solar franchise agreement with the North Carolina-based solar developer O2 emc to construct a utility scale solar farm within the town.
        The facility will be located off Draper Road adjacent to the old town landfill and will occupy approximately 20 acres.  O2 will lease the land from the town. 

  • Council doesn’t chicken out

        Bedford residents living in low density residential areas (R1) will now be able to keep chickens in their backyard.
        According to Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner, the new ordinance is based on the ordinances that Roanoke and Salem have and no roosters are allowed.
        Enforcement will  be complaint driving. Council adopted the ordinance by a 5-0 vote with Councilmen Beckham Stanley and Jim Vest absent.

  • Herring in town on Tueday

        Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will be holding a roundtable discussion in Bedford Tuesday with members of law enforcement, medical professionals, and community leaders on the heroin and opioid epidemic.
        The event will be held at the Bedford Area Welcome Center on Tuesday, July 18 at 9 a.m.

  • Supervisors adopt dock ordinance

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted, after a joint public hearing with the planning commission, to remove all references to American Electric Power (AEP) from the zoning ordinance’s building permit process for docks at Smith Mountain Lake.

  • County considers sale of two closed schools

        In a light meeting agenda, Bedford County’s supervisors dealt with three issues.
        The supervisors unanimously agreed to seek a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) permit that will cover the entire 229 acre landfill rather than seeking permits for each cell as it is opened,  Sheldon Cash, the county’s director of pubic works, said there are between 10 and 15 cells remaining in the landfill.

  • Town still dealing with Belltown Road water issues

    By John Barnhart
    Staff Writer
    johnbarnhart@bedfordbulletin.com

        A decade ago, the city of Bedford connected a number of Belltown Road residents to the city’s water system because the city’s old landfill, closed in the mid-1990s,  had contaminated their wells. The city connected these residences to its municipal water system in 2005.