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Government

  • Planning Commission wraps up year

        Bedford County’s planning commission held it’s last meeting of the year last week and a final recommendation on board of supervisors’ proposed changes to the zoning ordinance is still pending.
        After debate, the planing commission chose to recommend leaving the signage restrictions in the corridor overlay districts as they are.

  • Arrington to resign from board

        Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Arrington closed a marathon meeting, which ran past midnight, with a surprise announcement.

        “This night has been a very difficult meeting for me,” Arrington said.
        It was a long meeting—it was District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek’s last meeting—but it also marked what Arrington said was a difficult decision for him. He said that he will resign from the board of supervisors, effective at the end of January.

  • Cheek has his last meeting

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors last meeting of the year held on Monday, and the last board of supervisors meeting for District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, turned into a lengthy session that ran past midnight.

        It began with an appearance by Delegate-elect Terry Austin. Austin was elected to the 19th House of Delegates seat last month after Delegate Lacey Putney, who held the seat for 52 years, chose not to seek reelection.

  • This was one high-powered retirement party

        This was a retirement party unlike the one most folks have. It brought out three sitting judges and another who is retired. Members of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford Town council were there as well as were local constitutional officers and the local General Assembly delegation.

  • Planners tackle amendments

        The Bedford County Planning Commission began tackling the latest set of board of supervisors initiated amendments to the subdivision and zoning ordinance last week.
        Although the supervisors ultimately voted, at their Monday night meeting, to eliminate the requirement for developers to hold neighborhood informational meetings, the majority of planning commission members were uncomfortable about the idea. District 4 planning commission member Frederic Fralick felt it was important to maintain transparency.

  • Town planning commission recommends rezoning of 4 properties affected by reversion

        This could be the last bit of action related to Bedford’s reversion to town status that will take place for some time.

  • Board OK's land purchase for new school

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors, last week, unanimously turned down a request by Patricia Bailey to rezone a four-acre tract on Va. 122 in Moneta. But the supervisors did approve a request by the school board to purchase property next to Liberty High School to build a new secondary school.

  • New rec association board holds first meeting

        Bedford, once it reverted to town status, got out of the recreation business. Instead of a recreation department, the town now has a recreation association, joining the county’s other 10 associations as the 11th.

        “After tonight I have no official role,” commented Assistant City Manager Bart Warner at the organizational meeting. Warner chaired the meeting until the board could adopt its bylaws and elect officers.
        “This is the beginning of a brand new thing,” he said.

  • Residents oppose proposed ordinance changes

        Two board of supervisors-initiated amendments to the subdivision ordinance and zoning ordinance drew fire from some people at public hearings held by the planning commission last week.
        One area of contention was what Commission Chairman Steve Wilkerson called a “very specific” provision on private streets in subdivisions. It only applies to subdivisions that were in existence prior to 1989 and have an existing private street.

  • Agencies work together in training exercise

        It was just training.
        But it was a chance to be prepared should a real event occur.

        Last Thursday law enforcement officers from the Bedford Police Department, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police joined with workers with Probation and Parole to simulate an abduction and active shooter scenario.