BUILDING A BETTER BEDFORD - LINCOLN AVENUE ROAD CLOSURES
October 03, 2019
BUILDING A BETTER BEDFORD WEEKLY UPDATE, OCTOBER 3RD, 2019
LINCOLN AVENUE ROAD CLOSURES
Contact: MISTY ADAMS
DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES
Road Closure will begin Thursday, October 3rd at 4th Street between Lincoln Avenue and Q Street for the cutting of pavement for the new storm sewer project. Lincoln Avenue will remain closed North of 4th Street for the remainder of October as the work on concrete curbs and sidwalks contine for preparation of paving by the end of October.
City of Bedford Board Common Council Special Meeting
September 20, 2019
The City of Bedford Common Council will hold a Public Hearing and Special Meeting on Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Mark E. Scherschel Sr. Council Chambers. The Public Hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. for the Introduction of the Budget for the year 2020. The Special Meeting will immediately follow regarding Ordinance 11-2019 for the Salaries of Elected Officials, and Ordinance 12-2019 for the Base Salaries for Firefighters, Police, Employees and Appointed Officers and Officials.
BUILDING A BETTER BEDFORD - PRESS RELEASE - ROAD PAVING
July 26, 2019
PRESS RELEASE - ROAD PAVING
The City of Bedford will begin paving all the City Streets in the Edgewood Addition starting on Tues July 30th 2019.
Milling on the roads will begin for the first three Days. (Tues, Weds, and Thurs). On Friday, August 2nd, paving will begin and is scheduled as followed:
Friday August 2nd…………..Windwood and Linwood Drive
Monday August 5th……….Jay Hunter Drive, Circle Court and Woodhill Drive
Tuesday August 6th……….Circle Drive, Central Avenue and Grimes Street
Wednesday August 7th…Northwood and Eastwood Drives
Thursday August 8th……..Southwood and Westwood Drives
Friday August 9th………….Edgewood Drive
As always this is a tentative schedule subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.
Planning and Zoning Director
City Of Bedford
1102 16th street
Bedford In 47421
CITY OF BEDFORD COUNCIL MEETING
July 24, 2019
The Bedford City Common Council will hold their meeting on Tuesday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Mark E. Scherschel Sr. Council Chambers.
Redevelopment Commission Meeting
July 24, 2019
The Bedford Redevelopment Commission Meeting Will Be Held On Monday, August 12th At 4:00 PM In The City Hall Mark E. Scherschel Sr. Council Chambers.
City of Bedford Board of Works and Safety
July 24, 2019
The Bedford City Board of Works And Safety Meeting Will Be Held On Monday, August 19th At 4:00 PM In The City Hall Mark E. Scherschel Sr. Council Chambers.
CITY OFFICES CLOSED - LABOR DAY
July 24, 2019
All Bedford City Offices will be closed on Monday, September 2nd, 2019 in observance of Labor Day.
TASC BUSES WILL NOT BE RUNNING.
Monday’s trash pickup will be Saturday, August 31st.
Compost pick up will be Tuesday, September 3rd.
Fire Hydrant Flushing
July 02, 2019
Bedford City Utilities
1614 “L” Street
Bedford, Indiana 47421-3730
FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING
STARTING SUNDAY NIGHT, JULY 7, 2019 – THURSDAY NIGHT, JULY 18, 2019
The following is a tentative schedule for the flushing of fire hydrants for the City of Bedford.
It is subject to change each day if each day is not completed as scheduled or due to weather
Customers are cautioned to be careful on or about these days as the water can be muddy/rusty
and will be harmful to laundry as far as staining. If the water becomes discolored in your
area, let the cold faucets run for a short while and it should clear up.
Sunday Night, Monday Night July 7TH – 8TH
Everything South of 19th St and West of Mitchell Rd including Broadview Addition, Fresenius Medical Care, St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, Garden Villa, Bliss House and Stonebridge
Tuesday Night, Wednesday Night July 9TH-10TH
16th St West of M St, Edgewood Addition, IU Health Bedford, Bex Addition, and
Thursday Night, Sunday Night July 11TH, July 14TH
East of Mitchell Rd/South of 16th St. Brook Knoll, Glen Meadows, Shandell Dr and Core
Monday Night, Tuesday Night July 15TH-16TH
John Williams Blvd, All of Lincoln Ave, 15th & M West, 8th St
South to 16th St
Wednesday Night, Thursday Night July 17TH-18TH
East of Lincoln Ave and North of 15th St.
REMEMBER : IF WEATHER TURNS BAD, THIS WILL BE CANCELLED!!!!
City Offices Closed - Independence Day
June 18, 2019
All City of Bedford Offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.
TASC buses will not be running.
All Thursday trash routes will be picked up on Saturday, July 6th.
Special Assistance/Rear Loader routes will be picked up Monday, July 8th.
Recycle/Compost pickups will be on Friday, July 5th.
Mayor Shawna Girgis Bedford Stellar Community Work Pays Off Press Release
March 01, 2019
Bedford Stellar Community Work Pays Off
For Release on February 19, 2019
Revised February 28, 2019
Shawna Girgis, Mayor
Marla Jones, Director of Business & Community Development
City of Bedford
(812) 279-6555 - office
The City of Bedford was designated a 2013 Stellar Community, a statewide rural community revitalization initiative unique to Indiana, which is headed by the Lieutenant Governor and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Funding for Bedford’s Stellar Initiative came from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, OCRA, Indiana Department of Transportation, as well as local private and public funds. OCRA states that “the Stellar Communities program embodies collaborative government partnerships and successfully leverages state and federal funding from multiple agencies to undertake large-scale projects. Through this program, Indiana is doing more with current resources and making a bigger impact in communities, even with a slimmer budget”. This big impact is evident today in Bedford.
The Strategic Investment plan for Bedford’s Stellar Community application was carefully crafted for the transformative impact it would have on the downtown area. The plan was created from local planning efforts that resulted in the first comprehensive plan in 25 years, followed by a detailed and focused downtown revitalization plan. Bedford’s commitment to future growth was the driving forces behind the Stellar proposal.
The result of these efforts is a Stellar Investment Plan that was developed by Bedford for Bedford. The first Bedford Stellar Community plan was proposed in 2011. Although a Stellar finalist, Bedford was not selected to be funded or receive the designation as a Stellar Community. However, several projects in the 2011 application including the Lincoln Avenue Roundabout, Milwaukee Rail-Trail, Stalker School Apartments, Lincoln Avenue and U Street Channel stormwater infrastructure improvements have been completed through grant funds outside of the Indiana Stellar Program and have brought over $10.7 million to the community as a result of state or federal grants.
Utilizing the City Comprehensive Plan and the Downtown Revitalization Plan as guides, the 2013 Bedford Stellar Community Proposal focused on the heart of our community, the downtown. An impact area was chosen and goals of the 2013 Stellar plan were developed, which are listed below.
• Promote Economic Development, particularly on Main Street
• Insure a Trained and Ready Workforce
• Cultivate a Vibrant Downtown District
• Enhance Quality of Life
To make these goals a reality the City of Bedford has implemented projects including the Limestone Downtown Connector Trail; relocation and renovation of the Milwaukee Depot; the Stone Gate Arts & Education Center; Stonecutters Place – Senior Apartments; Murals; improvements to the Downtown Bedford Streetscapes, Façades, and the Courthouse Plaza; as well as development of Harp Commons. Projects that have yet to be completed include gateways to the downtown area and wayfinding signage.
The City of Bedford led proposal development, but the Stellar Community designation was the result of a team effort that would not have been possible without local financial investment in this endeavor. The City of Bedford worked with Hope Flores, Director of the Lawrence County Community Foundation to establish a Bedford Community Development Fund that started a local fundraising campaign. When the Lawrence County Commissioners and Lawrence County Council pledged $500,000 toward a dollar for dollar matching fund for all non-city investment, fundraising efforts flourished. To date, the 2013 Stellar Community projects have brought over $27 million of investment to downtown Bedford. Of these funds approximately $945,000 came from the city budget. The Redevelopment Commission invested $3.2 million and secured a $3.5 million USDA Rural Development low-interest loan using TIF funds to complete the StoneGate Arts and Education Center. The remainder of the funding was provided through state and federal grants, private local investment, and donations.
The City of Bedford is grateful to the following individuals and organizations for their financial investment in Bedford’s Stellar Community Initiative. Private donations from local organizations and individuals total $1,169,340.
• Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce
• Bedford Federal Savings Bank
• Bedford Redevelopment Commission
• Bedford Revitalization, Inc. (BRI)
• Bedford Times – Mail
• Bedford Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA)
• Steve Fergusson
• General Motors
• German American Bank
• Hoosier Hills Credit Union
• Hoosier Uplands
• Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)
• Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)
• Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA)
• IU Health - Bedford
• Lawrence County Community Foundation
• Lawrence County Government
• Lawrence County Economic Growth Council
• Lee Marchant – Garden Villa
• Radius Indiana
• Regional Impact Fund
• Stone City Products
• Vision Group – East Gate Business & Technology Center
From 2011 - 2019 the City of Bedford invested just $1.00 of general budgeted funds to leverage nearly $20.00 in investment or 4.7% of the $38 million in projects that were initiated as a result of the Indiana Stellar Community Program. The entire 2013 Stellar project area and downtown Bedford is in a TIF district, which enabled the Bedford Redevelopment Commission to invest in the project. The Redevelopment Commission invested 17.8% of project funds with each $1.00 through TIF funds leveraging $4.59 of additional investment.
Mayor Girgis shared “Bedford’s 2011 and 2013 Stellar Community planning efforts and implementation demonstrates the commitment of city leaders to the growth and improvement of our community that would not have been possible without state and federal grant funds. I am extremely grateful to the State of Indiana for investing in Bedford, as well as the commitment of the City Council, Redevelopment Commission, Lawrence County Government, and numerous private partners that believed and invested in this work. It is because of each of these organizations and individuals that these plans have become reality. I encourage future leaders to vigorously pursue state and federal dollars that would otherwise go to other communities. These dollars enable us to improve the quality of place in Bedford, which is essential to attracting and retaining individuals, families, and businesses to the greater Lawrence County community”.
Detailed information regarding each Stellar Community project funding sources including grants, city budget dollars, RDC/TIF funds, donations, USDA Rural Development, investors, and other investment is provided on the attached spreadsheet. Please note that this information will be updated and will not be finalized until all Stellar Community grants and projects are completed and closed out with the State of Indiana.