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Government

  • Cash takes position with Roanoke Co.

        When Sheldon Cash first started working for Bedford County as its solid waste coordinator in 1999, he was asked to commit to three years. The “three years” will end this week, 15 years later.

        Cash will start work this coming Monday as Roanoke County’s assistant director of general services. This Roanoke County department handles solid waste, county buildings and fleet services.

  • PC recommends approval of special use permit for B&B

        A bed and breakfast and commercial feed lots dominated a planning commission meeting last week.
        The planning commission unanimously recommended a special use permit for a bed and breakfast that Bill and Anneliese Piatt requested. This permit will clear up a technical violation of the zoning ordinance.

  • Chairman questions abstentions

        The Feb. 10 Board of Supervisors regular meeting marks the third time recently that District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson has abstained on a vote.
        At that meeting Thomasson abstained on a vote to transfer 69 acres of the former Camp 24 site to the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) for a new water treatment plant.
        That vote comes after Thomasson abstained, last month, on a vote to advertise the public hearing for the land transfer. 

  • Council begins work on budget

    Bedford Town Council got to work this week dissecting a proposed budget from town staff that raises electric rates by 2 percent, but leaves real estate property taxes at its current rate.
        Town Manager Charles Kolakowski presented his budget to council last week and work on it was scheduled to begin in earnest by council yesterday during a work session.

  • Fire chiefs want county to provide more money to support departments

        Bedford’s volunteer fire chiefs believe the county’s new fire department funding formula is inadequate, according to Eric Shell, Hardy’s fire chief.
        Shell, representing the county’s fire commission and backed by various fire chiefs who filled two pews in the supervisors’ meeting chamber, spoke before the county supervisors at a work session Monday night.
        Shell said the fire departments have had  flat funding for 20 years.

  • Supervisors not ready to make a call on what school to build

        It’s been noted that Bedford County’s supervisors, with the exception of District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington, had little to say after the school board presented three school construction options to them at a joint meeting at the end of last month. They asked for time to consider these options, and discuss them among themselves before making a decision.
        Most of them feel that there are a lot of unknowns involved in all the options, and they need time to digest the information they do have.

  • Water project moves ahead

        The Bedford Regional Water Authority’s (BRWA) plans to build a new water treatment plant and send Smith Mountain Lake water, treated at this plant, to Bedford and Forest moved one step closer to becoming a reality Monday night.

  • Planning Commission decides project consistent with comp plan

        A proposal, by the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) to treat water, drawn from Smith Mountain Lake, at a new water treatment plant to be built at the former Camp 24 site, and pumped to Forest, via Bedford, cleared its first hurdle last week when the planning commission decided, on a 7-0 vote, that the project was in accord with the county’s comprehensive plan.
        Several people spoke about the project at a public hearing held before the vote.

  • Council facing election

        When reversion took place last July, the newly-formed town of Bedford brought in 313 new residents as a result of boundary adjustments with Bedford County.
        That represented a 5.1 percent increase in population for the town. And it means, by breaking that 5 percent threshold, that all town council seats, just elected during a special election in May, will once again be up for election.
        That’s what the reversion rules spelled out.

  • Arrington delays resignation

    If you showed up at the board of supervisor’s Monday evening work session, you probably noticed that there was a person sitting in the District 5 seat who looks a lot like Steve Arrington; that’s because it was him.

        Arrington, who announced at the supervisors’ last regular meeting of 2013, that he plans on stepping down from the board of supervisors has delayed the effective date of that resignation. He said he is postponing the effective date because there are issues he wants to finish.