• Back to the drawing board on wedding event proposal

        A proposal to amend the county zoning ordinance to make outdoor wedding events a use by right in agricultural zones drew a large number of people, all opposed, to last week’s board of supervisors meeting.
        The outdoor wedding proposal was one of three proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance that Gregg Zody, the county’s community development director, brought before the supervisors.

  • Candidates meet the public at Chamber forum

        All six candidates running for the three contested seats on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors in the June 9 Republican Primary spoke at a Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce candidate forum last week.

        No independents have entered the race and everybody is running as a Republican. “Even the Democrats,” Nate Boyer, the Bedford County Republican Party chairman, commented.

  • Town planning commission approves new hospital district

        Bedford’s town planning commission voted 6-0 to recommend creating a new zone, a Health Care Establishment District (HE), at last Thursday’s meeting.
        The new district will consist of the Bedford Memorial Hospital campus plus two adjoining properties.

  • Council raises tax rate 2 cents

        On a 6-1 vote last Tuesday, Bedford Town Council passed a 2 cent tax increase to the real estate tax rate, raising the rate to 32 cents per $100 of valuation.
        The increase means town of Bedford residents will pay a rate of 84 cents for the upcoming fiscal year, with the addition of the county’s tax rate of 52 cents per $100 of valuation added to the town’s rate.
        Still, Bedford Town Manager Charles Kolakowski noted that town residents are paying less than they did when Bedford was still a city.

  • GOP candidates speak to Dems

        It was an unusual event--two Republicans were the guests at a meeting of local Democrats last week.

  • Board gives school system more funds

        Bedford County’s board of supervisors voted 6-0, Monday night, to adopt a budget that provides an increase in school funding. District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington was not present.
        The increase comes from funds that still remained unallocated.     The    school division will get  $735,000 out of the $784,000 total. The rest was assigned to the contingency fund.

  • Council delays decision on tax rate

        Bedford Town Council continued to wrestle with the possibility of raising real estate taxes last week.
        Town Council had earlier asked Town Manager Charles Kolakowski to rework a budget that originally called for a five cent increase in the real estate tax rate and a 4 percent increase in the electric rate. Kolakowski came back with a budget that contains a two cent real estate tax rate and that’s the rate that was advertised.
        Some members of Council were still uncomfortable with a tax hike.

  • County tax rate to stay the same

        Bedford County’s tax rate will remain unchanged for the coming fiscal year.
        Monday night, after a public hearing, the supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the advertised tax rate. Under state law, the supervisors could not have set a rate higher than the one they advertised, but they could have gone lower.

  • Arrington won’t seek reelection

        This time he means it; he really is going to give up his seat on the board of supervisors.
        “I am not going to seek reelection for a fourth term,” said District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington.
        Back at the end of 2013 Arrington announced he was resigning his position on the board of supervisors. But he never did step down.

  • Some parking fines going up in Bedford

        Some parking fines and late fees are going up in the town of Bedford, the result of action by Bedford Town Council at its last meeting.
        Parking tickets remain at $10 and offenders have an extra three days to pay the fine. But if they fail to pay in a timely matter, the fines will increase to $20.
        There are also significant increases in fees for illegally parking in fire lanes or in handicapped spots.