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Government

  • BRWA to draw more water from SML

        The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) needs to stick a bigger straw in Smith Mountain Lake.
        The new water treatment plant BRWA will build on the former Camp 24 site will be able to treat up to 6 million gallons of water a day, according to Brian Key, BRWA’s director. He said the current High Point plant draws up to 1 million gallons a day. This means BRWA will need a larger water intake pipe, bigger pumps and a larger pump house.

  • Supervisors ready to help pay for sewer line extension

        Bedford County’s supervisors may have decided last week to help fund an extension of sewer lines in Moneta.
        This would solve Moneta Elementary School’s failing septic system problem, although the proposal that District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington brought up at the very end of last week’s meeting, just a little before midnight, would treat it as an economic development measure and funnel the funds though the Economic Development Authority (EDA) instead of transferring the money to the school board.    

  • County's Tourism Director leaving post here

        Bedford County Director of Tourism Sergei Troubetzkoy is leaving his position here to become the city of Lynchburg’s director of tourism.
        Lynchburg City Manager Kim Payne announced Tuesday that he had appointed Troubetzkoy to that position, effective July 2.

  • New feedlot setbacks passed by supervisors

        A joint public hearing between the Bedford County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors packed the supervisors’ meeting chamber, Monday night.
        It wasn’t even standing room only. Every seat was taken, people lined three sides of the room while others stood in the hall because there was no room for them.

  • Budget adopted; no more money allotted to the school system

        Unlike the Commonwealth of Virginia, Bedford County has a budget.
        The problem is, the county will only be able to appropriate local revenue until the state adopts its budget. Monday night, the county’s supervisors adopted an $89,337,592 general fund budget on a 6-1 vote.

  • Supervisors hear from public, too

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors heard from a group of area residents, at its regular meeting last week, urging the board not to close Moneta Elementary School.
        The meeting was held on a Tuesday night, rather than the usual Monday night, because of the Memorial Day holiday. The supervisors hold a citizen comment period at the beginning of each meeting.

  • County leases Group Home facilities

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved leasing the four cottages of the former Group Home on Falling Creek Road to Lutheran Family Services.
        The non-profit organization will lease the buildings for a total of $120,000 per year. The Group Home closed in January, 2013 after a fall in court ordered residential placements under the Comprehensive Youth Services Act due to a change in state philosophy on how to handle these situations.

  • New recreation advisory board is established

        Bedford County’s supervisors have set up a new recreation advisory board, approving it at their last meeting in April.
        According to Wyatt Woody, the county’s parks and recreation director, Bedford County at one time had a recreation commission, which actually made policy decisions and dealt directly with staff. This commission was disbanded in 2004. Later, Michael Stokes, Woody’s predecessor as parks an recreation director, set up and advisory board, but could never get a quorum for meetings.

  • GA, governor still have work to finish

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Wrap Up breakfast wasn’t exactly a wrap up. Although the Bedford area’s General Assembly delegation was able to report on a number of finished pieces of legislation, Virginia still remains without a budget.

  • A middle school it is!

        The Liberty Zone will be getting a new middle school. That’s the consensus that Bedford County’s supervisors came to during a work session Monday night.
        The supervisors also decided at the Monday evening work session what will be done with the extra revenue that the 2-cent increase, passed on April 14, will generate. According to County Administrator Mark Reeter, the new tax rate will bring in an extra $1.53 million.