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Government

  • Supervisors look at fire and rescue funding

        Fire and rescue issues dominated Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting.
        Forest Fire Department Chief Monty Coleman, speaking to the supervisors, said that it is still difficult for fire companies to set budgets and some of the smaller fire departments in the county are in the red.
        “We need to look at raising the base amount,” said Coleman.

  • Council considers a dog park

        Bedford Town Council held a discussion on the possibility of building a dog park at Greenwood Park.
        According to Councilman Beckham Stanley, a survey showed that 75 percent of town residents favor a dog park. He told council that the park can be built with private money. Stanley said  Jamie Snell. a fencing contractor, has offered to make a $4,600 in-kind donation for fencing and James Jones, a local excavation contractor, has offered to help. According to Stanley, the Bedford Humane Society will keep it clean.

  • New trash carts to be delivered

        About half of the town of Bedford’s residential solid waste customers will be receiving carts for their trash within the next six weeks.

        The town is implementing a new cart system for its solid waste collection in order to help streamline the pickup process. Council approved, in this year’s budget, purchasing 1,100 carts to be handed out to half the customers; it is expected to provide funding for the rest of the town’s customers next year.

  • Board OKs special use permit for school

        Bedford County’s supervisors approved a special use permit, Monday evening, for Blue Ridge Montessori School to build a new facility on Va. 811.
        But the project isn’t without its detractors.
        In all, it is a 13-acre wooded tract — the school wants to use 7 acres of it in an area zoned R-2. A school is a permitted use in an R-2 zone and requires a special use permit.

  • Bedford Main Street will apply for grant

        A unanimous vote by Bedford Town Council last week will allow Bedford Main Street to apply for a Downtown Investment Grant from the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

  • ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’

    A plaque bearing the words “In God We Trust” has been placed in the Board of Supervisors’ meeting chamber. It’s right above the board chairman’s seat.

        “If it’s good enough for Congress, it’s good enough for us,” commented District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson, who spearheaded the effort to have the plaque made and mounted.

  • Council OKs electric cost adjustment

        Bedford’s town council adopted a new method of passing on power cost adjustments to its customers.
        According to Councilman Tim Black, the town’s electric department will go to a variable cost adjustment method which will smooth out power costs. A study on the town’s electric department recommended the change.
        Town Manager Charles Kolakowski said the adjustment factor will be done monthly and calculated over a rolling six-month period based on actual costs to provide electricity to customers.

  • County takes a step forward on broadband

        Bedford County moved a step closer to providing county-wide broadband coverage Monday night.
        The Bedford County Broadband Authority and the Board of Supervisors took action to lease a site in Montvale to Mid-Atlantic Broadband Com-munications Corporation for a tower which will help bring broadband Internet coverage to parts of the county that don’t have it available.
        The Broadband Author-ity consists of the members of the Board of Supervisors.

  • Dumpsters to be removed from town landfill

        Dumpsters will no longer be available for use at the Bedford Landfill off Orange Street beginning July 1.
        Residents will still be able to utilize the landfill by going through the scales during regular business hours.
        Bedford Town Manager Charles Kolakowski also said area residents may use the dumpster facilities operated by the county in the area – including at Falling Creek, Route 43 near Northside Supply and in Goode.

  • Supervisors authorize controversial project

        The county supervisors voted 4-3, Monday night, to approve a special use permit for a commercial wedding venue in the Goode area.

        The commercial wedding venue will be on Glass Hill Road, a half-mile from its intersection with Otterville Road. Events will be held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Outdoor music will end at 10 p.m., an hour before the county’s noise ordinance takes effect. Events will be limited to 200 people and a water truck will be used to control dust on the gravel road.