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Government

  • VDOT no longer interested in old Montvale school

        The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has dropped its effort to buy the old Montavle School property.

        The former school site would have been used to replace road maintenance headquarters that VDOT currently operates on Nester Road.
        “We were looking to relocate the Irving Area Headquarters to Montvale,” Jason Bond, a VDOT spokesman said.

  • Nance unopposed for commonwealth’s attorney post

        Wes Nance has been settling into his new seat as commonwealth’s attorney just fine. It appears he should get used to it.
        On July 1, Nance was sworn in to the position to take over for Randy Krantz, who officially left that position on that date to become a 24th General District Court judge.

  • ‘Foul’ move? Board votes to spare dogs that kill poultry

        Dogs that kill poultry will now be treated differently under county code from dogs that kill other types of livestock after a 4-3 vote by the county supervisors Monday night.
        According to County Attorney Patrick Skelley, who presented the text amendments to the supervisors, the county code change will allow courts to impose something other than the death penalty on dogs that kill poultry.

  • County looking for new tourism director

        Jerry Craig is no longer director of tourism.    
        Craig left the position nearly two months ago and a call to the Welcome Center  earlier this month confirmed that he was no longer director of tourism, but no one, there, could say why he left.
        The county has not sent out any news releases on the director of tourism vacancy. Calls to County Attorney Carl Boggess seeking comment were not returned.

  • High school tracks to get upgrade

        A request to appropriate $3 million held in reserve for construction of the new middle school drew discussion about what happened to the remaining $1.1 million of the money left over from the Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) renovation.
        There was also discussion, and eventual approval, of a request for funding upgrades to the tracks at the county’s three high schools.

  • Action affects short-term rentals

        Nobody spoke at a public hearing on zoning ordinance text amendments proposed by the Bedford County Planning Commission, but some supervisors had plenty to say.
        One item is a text amendment that requires owners of short term rental properties that are within 500 feet of the 795-foot elevation contour, and have private septic tanks, to have their septic tanks pumped out, or inspected, at least once every five years. This is a provision that was deleted two years ago.

  • Council votes for electric fund cash reserve

        Town Council voted 6-0, with Councilman Beckham Stanley absent, to establish a written policy calling for a $5.2 million cash reserve for the electric department.

        Town Manager Charles Kolakowski introduced the measure for discussion during the 5:30 p.m. work session that precedes the last regular meeting of each month. Kolakowski said this fund balances out the ups and downs of an electric utility and is sound fiscal policy.

  • A nose for electronics

        Sheriff Mike Brown introduced a new deputy, last week, who will be working for the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.

        He won’t be going on the Internet looking for pedophiles as he really has no computer skills. He does, however, have a nose for electronic storage devices.

  • Transient occupancy tax delayed

        The increase in Bedford County’s transient occupancy tax won’t take effect until Jan. 1.

        The supervisors voted 6-0, Monday night, with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp absent, to delay the increase. The action was taken due to concern over the impact a July 1 effective date would have on contracts for summer rentals that had already been paid before the supervisors voted, last month, to raise the tax.

  • Transient occupancy tax delayed

        The increase in Bedford County’s transient occupancy tax won’t take effect until Jan. 1.

        The supervisors voted 6-0, Monday night, with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp absent, to delay the increase. The action was taken due to concern over the impact a July 1 effective date would have on contracts for summer rentals that had already been paid before the supervisors voted, last month, to raise the tax.