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Proposed Budget for 2015-2016

To view the proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 please go to:
http://www.bedfordtx.gov/administration/finance/ and click on the Program of Services (Budget) tab.

'Step Back in Time' at Old Bedford School 100 year Bake-Off
Sunday, August 16, 2015 3:00 pm - 5:00pm


Do you love baking? Are your baked treats a huge success at every party you serve them at? Do you have a secret recipe that people absolutely love? Then wait no more and be part of the 2015 Centennial Bake-Off at Old Bedford School. Read the following rules on how to participate.

Bedford Public Library Closed
On Wednesday August 12

The Bedford Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, August 12 and will reopen on Thursday, August 13 at 10:00a.m.

Sign up for the Fire Department CERT Class now!
Classes begin Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30pm

The Bedford Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is scheduling a Fall 2015 training class and is inviting those who live or work in Bedford to come and join us.  The 10-week program trains individuals to be better prepared to be self-sufficient and assist family members, neighbors and others in emergencies.    Graduates of the training can stay involved in the CERT program by participating in follow-on training and exercises, and actual volunteer activations. 

The emphasis during the training is in the following areas:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Radio Communications
  • Incident Command
  • Fire safety and fire extinguishers
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Emergency Medical Procedures
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism

The training includes classroom lectures and actual hands-on exercises.

The Fall classes will begin on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM and will run for 10 weeks.  Classes will be held at one of two locations (dependent on topics being taught): Bedford Fire Station #1 or the Bedford Law Enforcement Center (LEC).

No previous knowledge or skills are required.  This is a wonderful opportunity to ensure you and your family are better prepared for whatever emergency arises, especially in situations where normal City services are not readily available (e.g., severe storms impacting a large portion of the city).

If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Frank Knox at fsknox@sbcglobal.net

Additional information, a few photos and a link to download an application (bottom of page) can be found at www.bedfordfire.net/emergencymanagement/cert.htm

Seats are going fast so sign up now! 

Bedford Citizens Boards and Commissions

The City Secretary’s Office is currently accepting applications to serve on Bedford’s Citizen Boards and Commissions, which are comprised of citizen volunteers who have an active interest in participating in the municipal business of the City of Bedford.  For more information on each Board and Commission, as well as to download an application, please click here. http://www.bedfordtx.gov/boards/

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 4, 2015.  Applications can be submitted in person at City Hall, by email to michael.wells@bedfordtx.gov or by fax to 817.952.2103.  They may also be mailed to the attention of the City Secretary’s Office at 2000 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, Texas 76021. 

If you have any questions, please call the City Secretary’s Office at 817.952.2101. 

The City of Bedford WINS the Hunger Challenge

The City of Bedford donated 8,000+ pounds of food to win the challenge between Hurst and Euless.

Thank you to all Bedford businesses, residents and city staff that helped us win.

Great Job Bedford!

Community Powered Revitalization Program Fall Blitz
**Apply Now!**

The City of Bedford is currently accepting applications for the Community Powered Revitalization (CPR) Program’s Fall Blitz scheduled for October 16-17.  CPR is a joint effort between the City of Bedford, 6Stones Mission Network, various businesses, nonprofit organizations and faith-based organizations to help struggling homeowners make necessary home repairs.  Mobilizing community volunteers, the aim is to strengthen, grow and revitalize the community one house and one family at a time. 

Information on the program and an application can be downloaded here.  The deadline to apply for the Fall Blitz is Friday, August 7.  If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact the City Secretary’s Office at 817.952.2104 or michael.wells@bedfordtx.gov or visit the 6Stones website at http://www.6stones.org/cpr/.

Roger Gibson appointed City Manager for Bedford

At the Bedford City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the Mayor and council members voted unanimously to make the interim assignment of City Manager, Roger Gibson, permanent, effective immediately. 

Gibson served in the United States Marine Corps prior to joining the Bedford Police Department as a police officer in November 1983.  In his 32 year career Gibson was promoted numerous times and was named Police Chief on July 9, 2011.  

Under his leadership, the Repeat Victimization Unit was created at the Police Department as a means to reduce domestic violence and to provide alternative options to address mental health related incidents. 

Through Gibson’s coordinated efforts with local businesses he implemented a camera surveillance within the Bedford business and retail community.  He also created a video-monitored “Exchange Zone” which provides a safer alternative for the exchange of goods purchased over the internet and/or child custodial exchanges. Both the Victimization Unit and the Exchange Zone received national media attention.

“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to serve as the Bedford City Manager,” Gibson said. “I look forward to working with the Council, City staff, our residents and businesses to further improve the quality of life here in Bedford. I am blessed to work with a tremendous team of directors and staff.”

Gibson has the full trust and confidence of the Mayor and City Council.

“Roger has done an incredible job in the short time he has been interim City Manager,” said Mayor Griffin. “He has created a new culture for the Bedford employees and we have seen a dramatic improvement in internal and external communication. I look forward to the collaboration and team approach that Roger is instilling in the organization.” 

B-TV Currently Down

Due to third party technical issues, the Bedford cable channel, B-TV, is currently down.  We are working to resolve this issue quickly and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Stage I Water Restrictions Cancelled in the City of Bedford.

Due to the extensive rain our area has seen, Stage I water restrictions has been terminated.  According to the Tarrant Regional Water District, the western and eastern division reservoirs has exceeded 95% of conservation storage, effectively removing Bedford from Stage I restrictions. 

Please keep in mind that watering between 10:00a.m. - 6:00p.m. is NOT allowed due to a City ordinance.  Even though drought conditions have subsided, continue reducing waste by using water as efficiently as possible for an increased supply tomorrow.  One of the best ways to do this is to water twice per week or less and to turn off the sprinkler system if it has recently rained. 

For additional information, please contact Jerry Laverty with the Bedford Public Works Department at 817-952-2200

Recycle Carts are Rolling into Bedford
Be on the lookout….Republic Services will begin delivering recycling carts the week of April 20, 2015!

On March 24, 2015, the City Council approved a contract amendment with Republic Services to adopt carts for the recycling program. This amendment also extended the term of the current contract to December 31, 2020. The new 65-gallon carts will allow households to recycle more items each week and have the same footprint as the 18-gallon bins.

The decision to adopt carts followed the results of the Citizen Satisfaction Survey and the completion of a pilot program with Bedford residents. The pilot program participants overwhelmingly endorsed the use of carts after their three-month trial.

Costs associated with recycling and solid waste will be increasing with your May water bill. The recycling contract with Republic includes a price increase of 3.75% for May 2015 and the adoption of a cart program will result in a monthly increase of $1.67, for a total monthly bill of $3.78 for residents/$3.21 for senior citizens. There will be no further price increases for recycling for the duration of the contract. Additionally, the solid waste rate will be increased by 3.75% in May 2015 for a new monthly rate of $7.70. Solid waste rates are scheduled for a 3.75% increase again in May 2017 and 2019.

Republic will be delivering the new 65-gallon carts the week of April 20, 2015. Residents may begin using the carts once received. You have the option to keep the 18-gallon bin for personal use or recycle the bin by placing it at the curb for pick-up. Literature will be included on the expanded items accepted in the recycling program.

Be sure your cart is at the curb by 7:00a.m. to ensure collection.  City Ordinance allows for trash and recycling to be placed curbside at 7:00p.m. the day before pickup.  Carts must be removed within 24 hours after service.  Other than approved collection times, garbage and recycling containers must be located behind fences, walls, shrubbery or vegetation to be screened from public view.

For questions about the program, you may call 817-332-7301 to reach Republic Customer Service. Please visit the website for more information on City codes pertaining to the recycling containers.

New Police Program
"EXCHANGE ZONE"

The Bedford Police Department, in partnership with Wildfire Camera Networks, has implemented a program known as the “Exchange Zone.” The program is designed to provide a safer alternative for the exchange of goods purchased over the internet (for instance, responding to a Craigslist add) and/or child custodial exchanges. 

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Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
HELPING TEXANS GO. HELPING TEXAS GROW.
Two Steps, One Sticker

Beginning March 1, 2015, the State will stop issuing vehicle inspection stickers. After this, in order to register your vehicle, you will be required to pass a vehicle inspection not more than 90 days prior to the date your registration expires. After passing an inspection, the inspection station will update your electronic inspection record with the results and issue you a paper vehicle inspection report. When you go to register your vehicle, your inspection will be verified electronically to determine if your vehicle is eligible for registration at that time. Transitioning to this new process will require every vehicle's inspection and registration to expire at the same time. In order to do this in the first year you will be allowed to register your vehicle if your vehicle inspection is valid the day you register. TxDMV is working with DPS and TCEQ on the implementation of this program, and once program details are finalized, that information will be made available to the public. At this time, additional information about the program can be found on the TxDMV website at www.txdmv.gov. Simply select the "Two Steps, One Sticker" heading from the Motorists tab at the top of the homepage to access the content.

Bedford Distracted Driving Ordinance
The Bedford City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting distracted driving practices as they relate to portable electronic devices (which is defined as any handheld wireless communication device, laptop computer, tablet, media player, handheld gaming device, or any electronic device capable of displaying text-based communications, games, pictures or video).
Read more here...

Boys Ranch Phase I Project Update
Construction has begun on the $3.2 million voter approved Boys Ranch Phase I project. Though the improvements have been long anticipated, there will be temporary impacts due to construction and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The first part of Phase I is the drainage channel improvements. This will impact the playground, sidewalks and surrounding areas. At this time, this area should be completed including the installation of a new playground area around April 2015. 

Immediately following is the second part of Phase I, which includes dredging of the lake and construction of surrounding amenities. The estimated completion date of this portion of construction is August 2015. 

At this time access is restricted to the playground areas, sidewalks around Doug Rivers Drive and the area around the drainage channel. The trail system around the Boys Ranch Lake is still open to park users. 

At no time will entry into the Senior Center, the Boys Ranch Activity Center, Splash or the baseball fields be affected. 

If you are looking for a playground, please visit our other parks at Central Park (1200 Central Drive) or Stormie Jones Park (2500 Block of Brasher). 

Again we apologize and thank you for your patience as we work to improve the parks system. 

For more information please visit: www.bedfordtx.gov/phase1

Distracted Driving Ordinance

On November 18, 2014, the Bedford City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting distracted driving practices as they relate to portable electronic devices.

Types of actions that are considered "use" in the ordinance are as follows:
- viewing the display screen of a portable electronic device
- holding a portable electronic device in a position to talk into or listen on
- manipulating a portable electronic device by interacting with its display screen or pushing any button to enter text, dial numbers, or to engage in any other function.

The ordinance DOES NOT prohibit GPS devices affixed to a vehicle, a hands-free device, or the utilization of a portable electronic device in an emergency situation.

For a more detailed press release please visit the Bedford Police Department
To review the ordinance in its entirety, please click here.

For additional information or questions please call the Bedford Police Department at 817-952-2127.

Water Bill Increase Notification

Effective January 1, 2015, the City of Bedford will adjust its water and sewer rates to account for an increase in the cost of services provided by the Trinity River Authority (TRA). The City relies on TRA to provide wholesale water and sewer services to Bedford residents and businesses.  The cost for these services is at a rate per 1,000 gallons of water and sewer distributed by the City of Bedford.  Recently, TRA notified the City that it will increase its volume water rate 27 cents per 1,000 gallons and its volume sewer rate 11 cents per 1,000 gallons.  Therefore the City of Bedford will pass this increase directly onto its volume rates to Bedford customers.  On September 23, 2014, the City Council approved the increase in the water and sewer volume rates to go into effect on the January 2015 water bills.

The new monthly rates for residential customers will be as follows:

 

Old Water rate

New Water rate

Old Sewer rate

New Sewer rate

Base rate

$18.92

No change

$11.21

No change

Base Sr. rate

$17.20

No change

$10.18

No change

Usage per 1,000 gallons

$3.11

$3.38

$2.10

$2.21


Water Quality Report
The City of Bedford has issued the 2014 Water Quality Report.  The report is posted at the following locations:
City Hall, Buildings A & B: 2000 Forest Ridge, Bedford
Bedford Public Library:  2424 Forest Ridge, Bedford
Bedford Public Works Service Center:  1813 Reliance Parkway, Bedford

The report is also available on-line at: http://www.bedfordtx.gov/publicworks
Copies of the report will be sent to citizens in the June utility bills.

Better It in Bedford Phone App

The City of Bedford is pleased to launch Better It In Bedford, a civic engagement tool allowing residents to stay in touch with the City. Through this easy-to-use service, residents have access to important city information, can report issues, submit service requests and can track their requests online or via their mobile phones.

To download this app to a mobile device, visit your app store or visit http://www.bedfordtx.gov/betterit/ to log in, today.

Bedford Alert

The City of Bedford has launched Bedford Alert, a mass communication and emergency preparedness system. The City implemented Bedford Alert for city officials to stay connected with residents and efficiently provide them with information. In the event of a tornado warning, a water main break, a police incident or any other information in the area, officials can send voice, text, email or TTY/DD messages directly to residents and businesses in just minutes.

Publicly available primary residential and business phones in Bedford will automatically be included in the system. However, to ensure the City has the most up-to-date contact information, including cell phone numbers and email addresses, residents should visit https://bedfordalert.bbcportal.com/ to sign up. Users should provide complete information and indicate their preference for being contacted, language and message topics. Those residents without internet access are encouraged to visit the Bedford Public Library for free internet and computer access.

Class Proposal Form

Have a skill or hobby to share?
Want to be an Instructor for the Boys Ranch Activity Center?

Download and complete the Class Proposal form and return it completed to the Bedford Boys Ranch Activity Center and you will be contacted for an interview.
It really is that simple!

MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM

The City of Bedford works closely with the Tarrant County Public Health Department in a county wide mosquito surveillance program. The participating cities set out mosquito traps for collection. Once collected the samples go to the health department’s laboratory for testing of West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis. Each week five mosquito traps are set within our city limits.

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New Donation Options Available
The City of Bedford is accepting donations through PayPal and donating to the City service of your choice is now easier than ever. It is not necessary to have a PayPal account, simply select one of four City services to donate:

  • Parks
  • Animal Shelter
  • Dog Park
  • Public Library

Enter in the donation amount and then click submit; all major credit and debit cards are accepted. Your donation is appreciated and enhances the fund-raising efforts of each group.

Select here for more information and to make a donation.

Cultural District
Art, music & culture are alive and well in the City of Bedford. Citizens and visitors can enjoy an art gallery, historic sites, outdoor music performances and live theater. There are a variety of classes and programs for all ages at our new Bedford Library and the Bedford Boys Ranch Activity Center. All this plus outdoor festivals and plenty of green space within a short walk from the main municipal complex.

Select here for more information on the Cultural District

Water Meter Shut Off Assistance - Avoid Fines for Breaking the Shut off Valve
This is a friendly reminder that only a Bedford Public Works Employee is authorized to shut off water at the city owned water meter.

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Park Donation Fund

For many years, the City of Bedford has provided an option through the water bill to make a $0.50 donation each month in support of parks.  In order to update our record keeping, we are requesting all of those customers who wish to donate $0.50 a month to fill out and return the form located below.  Once we receive your form, we will add the $0.50 donation to your total bill each month and until you no longer wish to participate in the program.  Please note that even if you may have donated in the past or signed up to donate in the past, your account will not reflect the donation until we receive the authorization form. Sign up for the Park Donation Fund Online.

Animal Control Shelter

Many Loving Pets are Looking for a Good Home
The adoptions can be made at the Bedford Animal Shelter, 1809 Reliance Parkway, Bedford, TX.

Animal Shelter hours are changing from opening at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday to opening at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Help support the Bedford Animal Shelter with the purchase of a Bedford Shelter T-shirts for $15.00

The Bedford Animal Control Division is responsible for the care and custody of all impounded animals, responding to calls for service, quarantining of animals, investigating reports of cruelty and enforcing animal ordinance violations. This Division aggressively seeks good homes for all adoptable animals.

Bedford Animal Shelter

Pets available for adoption

Donation options for the Animal Control Shelter

Pet Spotlight

Serena-1150-is a female DSH about 3 months old.  Sylvester-1203-is a male DSH about 3 months old. 
Michelangelo - 0893 - is a male DSH about 8 months old.  Angel - 0894 - is a female DSH about 8 months old.
Lily-1164-is a female Terrier/Dachshund mix about 2 years old.  Rosie 1003 is a female Poodle/Chihuahua mix about 5 years old. 
Felicia-0964-is a female DMH about 1 year old.  Lola 0898 is a female Terrier mix about 1 year old. 
Ralph-0857-is a front declawed male DSH about 7 years old.  Molly-0806-is a female DSH about 6 years old. 
 
Roger-1149-is a male DSH about 3 months old.   

"MHC" Master Highway Corridor Overlay District Update

On April 23, 2013, the City Council approved this Amendment to the City of Bedford Zoning Ordinance unanimously.  The Master Highway Corridor Overlay District is established to provide a set of standards applicable to future development and redevelopment within the corridor area.  These standards are intended to protect and enhance the appearance of the corridor, promote the unique character of the City of Bedford, protect and enhance property values within the corridor, prevent the establishment of incompatible types of development, and coordinate the overall sense of place within this corridor.

Highway Corridor Proposal Map

Bedford Commons

Central Bedford is on the road to imagining a place where residents and visitors can enjoy a stroll through a unique place. Picture a center of town where you could walk to the library and afterwards walk to have lunch at an outdoor bistro. The Vision for Central Bedford will serve as an action plan to promote Bedford, guide future development decisions, and encourage economic activity with a set of short and long term strategic actions. The vision is based on extensive input from the public and a stakeholder committee consisting of the City Council, City Staff, and Local Business Leaders. Stay tuned as the City works to create a framework, which will establish this one of a kind sense of place.
Adopted June 23, 2015

Bedford Commons Code


To obtain more information about the Vision, click here

To view the presentation from the October 14, 2014 public meeting click on the link below.

Bedford Commons Public Meeting Presentation 10/14/2014

PRESS RELEASES

Roger Gibson appointed City Manager for Bedford
June 24, 2015

At the Bedford City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the Mayor and council members voted unanimously to make the interim assignment of City Manager, Roger Gibson, permanent, effective immediately. 

Gibson served in the United States Marine Corps prior to joining the Bedford Police Department as a police officer in November 1983.  In his 32 year career Gibson was promoted numerous times and was named Police Chief on July 9, 2011.  

Under his leadership, the Repeat Victimization Unit was created at the Police Department as a means to reduce domestic violence and to provide alternative options to address mental health related incidents. 

Through Gibson’s coordinated efforts with local businesses he implemented a camera surveillance within the Bedford business and retail community.  He also created a video-monitored “Exchange Zone” which provides a safer alternative for the exchange of goods purchased over the internet and/or child custodial exchanges. Both the Victimization Unit and the Exchange Zone received national media attention.

“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to serve as the Bedford City Manager,” Gibson said. “I look forward to working with the Council, City staff, our residents and businesses to further improve the quality of life here in Bedford. I am blessed to work with a tremendous team of directors and staff.”

Gibson has the full trust and confidence of the Mayor and City Council.

“Roger has done an incredible job in the short time he has been interim City Manager,” said Mayor Griffin. “He has created a new culture for the Bedford employees and we have seen a dramatic improvement in internal and external communication. I look forward to the collaboration and team approach that Roger is instilling in the organization.”


Taste of Texas Meets Mayor’s Hunger Challenge Event THIS Saturday in BedfordJune 24, 2015

On Saturday, June 27, the City of Bedford, along with Adam Smith Harley Davidson, will be hosting the ‘Taste of Texas Meets the Mayor’s Hunger Challenge’ Event from 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. at the Bedford Adam Smith Harley Davidson building, 1839 Airport Freeway.  The goal is to raise awareness about the nationwide problem of hunger as well as collect canned and boxed food donations to help Bedford Mayor, Jim Griffin, win the 6Stones challenge against Hurst and Euless.

The motorcycle motorcade will arrive at Harley Davidson to kick off the event at noon, followed by live music from 57 Sauce and food vendors of all kinds.  Visitors that donate a boxed/canned food item or a monetary donation will get a special surprise for the palette.

For additional information on the Mayor’s Hunger Challenge, please visit www.6stones.org/hunger


Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 18th – 31st 
Bedford Law Enforcement Will Show Zero Tolerance

Bedford, Texas – Once again, the Bedford Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18 through May 31, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  

“Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes,” said Traffic Sergeant Mike Hager. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013 were unrestrained. During the evening hours, from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 59 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Bedford, Texas, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $219.00.

Locally, almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females.  The males also had a lower seat belt utilization, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2013, more than half (54%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 41 percent were not buckled up.

“If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they’ll tell you—they wish their loved ones had buckled up,” added Sergeant Hager. “The bottom line is that seat belts save lives. If these enforcement crackdowns get people’s attention, and get them to buckle up, then we’ve done our job.”

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot or TexasClickItorTicket.com.

CONTACT: Sergeant Mike Hager, 817-952-2488, james.hager@bedfordtx.gov


NEW POLICE PROGRAM – “EXCHANGE ZONE”

The Bedford Police Department, in partnership with Wildfire Camera Networks, has implemented a program known as the “Exchange Zone.” The program is designed to provide a safer alternative for the exchange of goods purchased over the internet (for instance, responding to a Craigslist add) and/or child custodial exchanges. 

The Police Department has designated three clearly marked parking spaces in the front parking lot of the Law Enforcement Center.  These parking spaces and the lanes of travel to and from the parking spaces are under constant video surveillance.  The Law Enforcement Center is located at 2121 L. Don Dodson Drive, Bedford, Texas. 

As part of the Exchange Zone program, the Police Department welcomes the public inside the lobby during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to request a check of serial and/or VIN numbers to ascertain if the item(s) are stolen.

The Bedford Police Department encourages citizens to consider safer options, such as the Exchange Zone, when arranging a location to conduct e-commerce style transactions.



Spring Break Impaired Driving Mobilization
Posted: March 11,2015

The Bedford Police Department has been awarded funds through the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to participate in their Impaired Driving Mobilization program. The Bedford Police Department will be conducting specialized traffic enforcement details in impaired driving high risk locations during this Spring Break season. The enforcement details will concentrate during times when alcohol-related crashes frequently occur. The Bedford Police Department will begin their enforcement on March 11, 2015, and conclude on March 22, 2015.

For additional information regarding this program, please contact Sgt. Tyler Stillman at 817.952.2483.


Bedford City Manager Retires, Police Chief appointed interim
Posted: February 11,2015

At the Bedford City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Mayor Jim Griffin announced the retirement of City Manager Beverly Griffith.  Griffith served the City of Bedford since June 8, 1995.  Griffith began her career in Bedford as the Director of Administrative Services.  In that capacity, she managed many of the financial aspects of the city including finance, water billing, customer service, and municipal court.  On July 7, 2005, she was promoted to Deputy City Manager and was later named Acting City Manager on January 10, 2006. Griffith had served as City Manager since June 27, 2006.    Under Griffith’s leadership, the City recovered from the impacts of the 2005 rollback election and experienced many outstanding achievements including the building of a new state-of-the-art Library, numerous capital improvement projects, the completion of the visioning process for Bedford Commons and the beginning of a three million dollar renovation of the Bedford Boys Ranch Park.  Her almost 20 year career in Bedford will have a lasting impact in Bedford and she will always remain an important part of the city’s history. 

“I have been honored to work with Beverly through the years I have served the city of Bedford,” said Mayor Jim Griffin.  “Beverly’s exceptional financial knowledge has streamlined and improved the city’s budget process and placed our city on sound financial footing. Bedford has benefited from the leadership Beverly demonstrated throughout her service to our city.”

City Council also named Police Chief Roger Gibson as Interim City Manager effective immediately.  Gibson began his career in Bedford as a Police Officer on November 1983.  He earned numerous promotions during his tenure and was named Police Chief on July 9, 2011. 

“The council and I are committed to an ongoing process that results in moving our city forward.  Thanks to Beverly’s leadership, we are in a position to move past crisis management and toward creating a vision for our city’s future.  This requires strong leadership to bring everyone involved into the process. I believe Roger Gibson will bring a new energy and spirit to the entire organization, and consequently he is the right person to lead this cultural change.  The council and I look forward to the city’s very bright future,” said Griffin.

SMOKING BAN IN LOCAL RESTAURANTS

The Bedford City Council approved a new ordinance banning smoking in local restaurants.  This ordinance also prohibits smoking within 10 feet of the primary entrance or open window of the establishment.

An exception to the ordinance has been built in for businesses that derive more than 50 percent of their gross revenue from alcohol sales.  There are 5 establishments that fit that description in Bedford.

Smoking will be permitted on outdoor patios, provided they meet the following criteria.  The patio must be physically separated from the establishment and more than 10 feet from the primary entrance.              

This ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2015.

Distracted Driving Ordinance

On November 18, 2014, the Bedford City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting distracted driving practices as they relate to portable electronic devices.

Types of actions that are considered "use" in the ordinance are as follows:
- viewing the display screen of a portable electronic device
- holding a portable electronic device in a position to talk into or listen on
- manipulating a portable electronic device by interacting with its display screen or pushing any button to enter text, dial numbers, or to engage in any other function.

The ordinance DOES NOT prohibit GPS devices affixed to a vehicle, a hands-free device, or the utilization of a portable electronic device in an emergency situation.

For a more detailed press release please visit the Bedford Police Department
To review the ordinance in its entirety, please click here.

For additional information or questions please call the Bedford Police Department at 817-952-2127.

Bedford Alert

The City of Bedford has launched Bedford Alert, a mass communication and emergency preparedness system. The City implemented Bedford Alert for city officials to stay connected with residents and efficiently provide them with information. In the event of a tornado warning, a water main break, a police incident or any other information in the area, officials can send voice, text, email or TTY/DD messages directly to residents and businesses in just minutes.

"Keeping our community safe and informed is our top priority, which is why we need to be able to communicate with residents in urgent situations," said Beverly Griffith, Bedford City Manager. "I strongly encourage residents to register their contact information and update their message preferences in the Bedford Alert database so they can be prepared to receive important notifications."

Publicly available primary residential and business phones in Bedford will automatically be included in the system. However, to ensure the City has the most up-to-date contact information, including cell phone numbers and email addresses, residents should visit https://bedfordalert.bbcportal.com/ to sign up. Users should provide complete information and indicate their preference for being contacted, language and message topics. Those residents without internet access are encouraged to visit the Bedford Public Library for free internet and computer access.

North Tarrant Expressway: Highway Expansion Program

Lane Closure Information
Check out bedford4business.com for Lane Closure information specific to Bedford and the surrounding area.

Links Of Interest:

Bedford4business.com
(Don't let construction put a dent in your plans, visit bedford4business.com for alternate routes to key cross-sections and intersections in the City.

Photographs of the HWY expansion project

www.youtube.com/user/TheNTExpress
Videos of the expansion project.

DFWconnector.com

northtarrantexpress.com

NTE Corridor Landscaping
For a presentation on the NTE Coordior Landscaping
NTE Corridor Update
The latest update from NTE regarding the corridor expansion in Bedford.

Council Meetings

All regularly scheduled Council meetings will air on Time Warner Cable (Channel 16 for "basic" subscribers and 15.4 for all "digital" subscribers)) and U-verse (channel 99) the Thursday & Monday following the meeting at 6:00PM. Meetings will also stream live online the day of a council meeting.

Watch past council meetings online at bedfordtx.gov/tv

Read past and present council meeting agendas

Employment

Online Job Application

Centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Bedford is a progressive community of economic growth and quality development. Bedford offers an extensive and comprehensive benefits program for full-time employees that includes employee medical, dental, life and disability insurance coverage; employer paid retirement plan; paid leave; and tuition reimbursement. Employment with the City of Bedford will provide an exciting and fulfilling opportunity for selected candidates.

All applications and resumes are subject to public disclosure pursuant to the Public Information Act.

The City of Bedford is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disabilities or because they are disabled veterans or veterans of the Vietnam era or Gulf War.

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Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, known as the Texas Public Information Act (the “Act”), gives the public the right to request access to governmental information.  The Act is triggered when a person submits a written request to a governmental body and must ask for records or information already in existence.  The Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions. 

A person may ask to view the information, get copies of the information, or both. If a request is for copies of information, the governmental body may charge for the copies. If a request is only for an opportunity to inspect information, then usually the governmental body may not impose a charge on the requestor. However, under certain limited circumstances a governmental body may impose a charge for access to information. All charges imposed by a governmental body for copies or for access to information must comply with the rules prescribed by the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”), unless another statute authorizes an agency to set its own charges.

~Adapted from Public Information 2012 Handbook published by the Texas Attorney General’s Office

Requests for public information can be made by sending an email to or by submitting a Public Information Access Form.  The form may be mailed to the attention of City Secretary at 2000 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, TX 76021, hand delivered to City Hall Building A or faxed to (817) 952-2103.  Please be as specific as possible as to the records you are requesting.

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Phase 1 Bedford Boys Ranch

May 5, 2015 Update
C. Green Scaping (Green Scaping) continues working on the phase 1 of the Boys Ranch Master Plan Project.  Progress continues to be affected by the weather. Green Scaping is still focusing their efforts on the drainage portion of the project. The concrete ledge continues to be poured daily. Green Scaping plans to install a small section of stone ledge at the north end of the drainage channel. Once staff has visually inspected the stone and mortar combination, stone work will begin on the ledge. The bridge structures and playground equipment should be in place within three week depending on the weather. Green Scaping is in the process of putting together a report regarding the bad weather days, as well as an update project timeline. After meeting with Green Scaping and Kimley-Horn, the consensus was that the drainage channel portion of the project should be complete at the end of June. Green Scaping will be working to make sure the Boys Ranch Park is usable for the 4thFest festivities. 
Kimley-Horn recently met with a local disc golf representative to discuss plans of the installation of the 18 hole disc golf course. The plans currently call for a nine hole course that spans the south end of the Boys Ranch property. Discussions are ongoing on the possible layout to incorporate all 18 holes in order to be able to host future disc golf events. ​​

April 13, 2015 Update
The contractor is approximately 25% complete with the excavation work on the channel. . They are currently working on the deepest section of the channel, which is approximately nine feet in depth. They have also completed the footers that form the base of the ledgestone walls. In the section of the drainage channel where they are currently working, the walls will step down to meet the water, which will be around 18 inches in depth. The drainage channel gradually slopes down to where it meets the lake and the ledgestone border around the lake is only two stones high. Greenscaping will also complete the concrete border work for the new playground next week and then they will begin work on installing the new playground and 30-foot pavilion on the west side of the channel.

Project & 4thfest Impacts
The contractor’s schedule will not impact the event. They are still on schedule to be complete with the channel work before 4thFest, with the exception of some landscaping that will be installed at the end of the project. There are no anticipated impacts on the primary 4thFest site.

When will the lake be drained?
When rain occurs, staff must drain a little out of the lake to get water out of the channel to accommodate the construction. In addition, it was determined that immediately following 4thFest, the lake will be drained as much as possible to facilitate the dredging.

What about the birds and fish in the lake?
The City of Bedford was required to submit and have approved an Aquatic Resource Relocation Plan.  This plan was approved by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife (TPWD).  This plan allows the City of Bedford to relocate the game fish.  In addition, staff from TPWD have conducted two site visits the Boys Ranch Lake.  Once in December 2014 and again on Friday, April 10, 2015.  They inspected the lake, surrounding area and the island to look for any protected nesting migratory or native birds.  During both instances they found no evidence of such activity.   

 

Project Description:
In 2010, the Boys Ranch Park Master Plan was adopted which includes plans for the renovation of the Boys Ranch Park in four phases. Designs for Phase I were completed in the summer of 2012. The General Obligation Bonds will fund improvements outlined in Phase I. Improvements in Phase I include:
• Dredging, reshaping and improving the Boys Ranch Lake. The lake and drainage channel will be lined with decorative stone and several aerators will be incorporated into the lake as well as the drainage channel.
• New fishing pier.
• Three steel bridges cross the drainage channel allowing more access in the park. The three bridge locations will also include waterfall weirs accompanied with boulders and landscaping.
• One large pavilion area (40’x80’) and two smaller round 30’ pavilions.
• New playground area.
• New disc (frisbee) golf course.
• Improved trail system.
• Related lighting, landscaping, irrigation, signage, benches, and water fountains.
The other three phases of the Boys Ranch Master Plan address the remaining portions of the park. These phases focus on improvements to the various sports fields, the Boys Ranch Activity Center, as well as parking/ accessibility concerns. In addition, the City of Bedford was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to assist with the project.
More Information:

Click here to download October 17 public information meeting presentation.
Design Presentation to City Council

Boys Ranch Master Plan

 

 

 


Financial Transparency

In an effort to provide key financial data to the citizens of Bedford, the City makes available several documents to ensure transparency for all financial transactions.  The following information can be found on the Finance page under their respective tabs.    

The City of Bedford has been awarded the Platinum Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller Office.  The program began in December 2009 to recognize local governments in the state that are striving to meet a high standard for financial transparency online.  The new Platinum designation highlights those entities that go above and beyond providing financial transparency.  The City of Bedford received the Gold designation (highest at that time) in 2013.  Further information about transparency in government can be viewed on the Comptroller’s website www.texastransparency.org.

Annual Budget:  Also known as the Program of Services, this document outlines the spending plan for the fiscal year as approved by the City Council.  This page contains the current Budget along with those from the previous two fiscal years.  Hard-copies of the document can be viewed during normal business hours through the City Secretary’s office or at the Bedford Public Library.

Annual Financial Report:  This report is generated at the conclusion of the independent audit following each fiscal year.  It contains the financial information pertaining to the actual financial transactions that occurred during the closed fiscal year.  Three years of reports are posted on this page and hard-copies are available for public viewing during normal business hours through the City Secretary’s office or at the Bedford Public Library.

Check Register:  This document is a searchable list of the City’s disbursement registers.  These are separated into five sections, Disbursements, Payroll checks (actual checks printed, this does not include direct deposit payments), Capital Projects payments, Manual Checks (those generated outside of the weekly vendor check run) and Purchase card transactions.  For the current fiscal year, the register is posted quarterly.  For completed fiscal years, the registers have been posted in their entirety.

Financial Reports:  The Finance division creates a quarterly report providing a summarized view of revenues and expenditures for all funds. These reports also provide highlights on the financial status of the major funds with supporting graphs and narrative explanation.

Debt Information: Information is provided on the City’s current outstanding debt, including current debt obligations, descriptions, dates issued, total amounts and maturity dates.

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