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Mosquito Positive of West Nile in Newest Results

The Tarrant County Public Health Department informed the City of Bedford today, Wednesday, September 20, 2017, of one positive result for West Nile Virus in the most recent mosquito pools tested in Bedford.

This was a static trap and it was located in the Brookside Drive and Laurel Lane area, this is the seventh positive trap the 2017 season. Residents within a quarter mile radius of the trapping station will be notified by Bedford Alert. This same information will be placed on Bedford’s web site. The Storm Water Crew will be treating the positive trap site before 5:00 a.m. on September 21, 2017.

Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from mosquito bites to reduce chances of getting an infected bite. This includes using an insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient. Check the home for possible mosquito breeding sites such as standing water in gutters. Mosquitoes are most active during dusk and dawn so take extra precaution during those times.

For more information about West Nile Virus, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-952-2200.

CRUD Cruiser
Where: Meadow Park (3101 Meadow Park Dr)
When: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste properly. Crud Cruiser mobile collection trailers come to Bedford to collect household hazardous waste, however the capacity of the Crud Cruiser is limited, so events may end earlier than advertised. Events may also be cancelled in the event of rain. In either case, please do not leave household hazardous waste and chemicals in the parking lot.

For list of items of what's accepted and NOT accepted, please visit the CRUD Cruiser event page .

Pet Fair Adopt-A-Thon
Where: Bedford Animal Shelter (1809 Reliance Pkwy)
When: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

If you are looking to add to the family, the Bedford Animal shelter has the perfect pet just waiting for you!! On October 7, there will be service dog demonstrations, FREE food and drinks, local vendors and veterinarians to answer all your questions. For the kids, there will be a face painting, a balloon animal artist and the chance to get pictures taken with your pet.

So come on out to the FREE event at the Bedford Animal Shelter, 1809 Reliance Pkwy, to pick out your best friend FUR-EVER!! For more information please call 817-952-2191.

The Carter BloodCare Bus will be at the event, so don't forget to donate blood while there and you can help save THREE lives!

Click HERE to sign up to donate

Eligibility Information 

Frequently Asked Questions

Phase Next: 101 Public Input Meeting
Where: Boys Ranch Activity Center (2801 Forest Ridge)
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The City of Bedford will be hosting several Phase Next Public Input Meetings throughout the months of October and November at the Boys Ranch Activity Center. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The agenda will include a presentation and a digitally rendered flyover video showcasing what the Boys Ranch Park will look like upon completion of the project. For more information visit facebook.com/bedfordtx

Other Public Input Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m.

RSVP Now for the October 12, 2017 Residential Outreach Meeting

The Bedford’s Community Affairs Commission and the City of Bedford invites residents to attend a Residential Outreach Meeting on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. at the former Bedford Library building, 1805 L. Don Dodson Dr.  

Residential outreach meetings are free and open to the public. Prior registration is requested.  Sign in begins the day of the meeting at 6:30p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  For expedited check-in, please bring your printed EventBrite ticket.

The program will begin at 7:00p.m.  Mayor Jim Griffin will update everyone on the exciting plan for Phase Next at the Boys Ranch Park.  A summary of the FY 2017-2018 Program of Services (budget) will also be presented.  The 2017 Katie Savage Resident of the Year will be introduced and attendees will have the opportunity to meet the new City Manager, Brian Bosshardt.  There will be time for questions and answers.

This meeting is sponsored by the Bedford Community Affairs Commission (CAC).

Please RSVP by 5:00pm, Monday, October 9 via EventBrite

Boys Ranch - Phase Next Vision

During the a Parks meeting on September 7, 2017, Kimly-Horn showcased updated pictures and the flyover vision of what Bedford Boys Ranch Park would look like after completion of Phase Next. Watch the flyover video.

For more information, visit the Phase Next page.

Fall Bedford Connection

New Fall edition of the Bedford Connection should be hitting mailboxes soon! To celebrate October as Fire Prevention Month, the cover has Bedford Fire Department's F.A.L.S.E. Alarm Gang. Read more about them and much more in the new Fall edition of Bedford Connection. Pick up a Magazines at City Hall, the Bedford Public Library, Central Fire Department, Boys Ranch Activity Center and other locations around Bedford, or available for download.

Don't forget about the coupons located in the back of the Bedford Connection for local shops & restaurants for some great deals. Shop Bedford First.

Proposed Budget for FY2017-2018

The proposed budget for FY2017-2018 has been released and posted to the Finance section, under the Program of Services (Budget) tab or you can download it here.

The City Council met for the Budget Work Session on Friday, August 4 to review the proposed budget. The presentation from that meeting can be found here.

Bedford Tax Rate Notice

Bedford Citizen Boards and Commissions

The City of Bedford is seeking applications to serve on the following Citizen Boards and Commissions, comprised of volunteers who have an active interest in participating in the municipal business of the City:

Animal Shelter Advisory Board
Beautification Commission
Building and Standards Commission 
Community Affairs Commission
Cultural Commission 
Ethics Commission
Library Advisory Board 
Parks and Recreation Board
Planning and Zoning Commission 
Teen Court Advisory Board
Zoning Board of Adjustments

Membership is open to all Bedford residents who have lived in the City for at least one year immediately preceding their appointment.

***The deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 term is Friday, September 8, 2017. ***

Applications can be mailed to or dropped off to the attention of the City Secretary at: City Hall Building A, 2000 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, Texas 76021. Applications can also be emailed to citysecretary@bedfordtx.gov or faxed to (817) 952-2103.

For more information on the Boards and Commissions, and to download an application, please visit www.bedfordtx.gov/boards/ or call the City Secretary's Office at (817) 952-2100.

Central Arts of Bedford Kids & Adult Paint Classes

Various types of painting classes are being hosted at Central Arts of Bedford (2816 Central Drive) on behalf of the Bedford Cultural Commission. Kid's and adult themed painting classes that are both fun and educational. Check out the schedule of classes hosted on our Facebook event page.

Better It Bedford

Better it Bedford has moved to a new platform. This is exciting because it will allow the City of Bedford to continue to provide the community a way to report issues in the city with some additional functionality, security, and privacy.

To access the new & improved Better It Bedford, or for instructions on how to download, please visit Better It Bedford, or search your mobile app store. 

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.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sunday
Closed.

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 - PetFinder

Pets available for adoption - PetTango

Donation options for the Animal Control Shelter

Pet Spotlight

"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

Proposed Amendments: September 2017
Bedford Commons Code

September Planning & Zoning Meeting
September 14, 2017 Agenda Packet


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


To view previous Press Releases please go to: http://www.bedfordtx.gov/pressreleases/

Delbert McClinton & Buddy Guy Headline 2017 Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival  
August 28, 2017

Fort Worth’s own Delbert McClinton and six-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy will headline the 2017 Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival Sept. 1-3.

The blues legends lead an impressive showcase that includes Ronnie Earl, Marcia Ball and a host of local talent. The Labor Day Weekend Festival is sponsored by Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

This is the hospital’s sixth year as lead sponsor. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital HEB has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for the communities in Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. The hospital offers a myriad of health care services, from birth through maturity, to the residents of Hurst, Euless and Bedford and surrounding communities.

Friday night general admission tickets and parking are free. Gates open at 6:00p.m. and guests can participate in a People’s Choice BBQ tasting while listening to The Reo Casey Band and The Christian Dozzler Band.

The jam-packed event swings into full gear Saturday afternoon and culminates with an evening lineup featuring Ronnie Earl. Earl is a three-time Blues Music Award winner and he’ll hit the main stage with his band The Broadcasters at 7:45p.m.

Delbert McClinton closes out Saturday night’s show when he takes over at 9:15p.m. The multi-talented singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist brings it all back home with his special brand of blues/rock.

The hits just keep on coming with Marcia Ball and Buddy Guy on Sunday. Ball’s a five-time Grammy-nominated artist who’ll rock the house at 7:45p.m. She’s a Louisiana native who’s been an icon of the Austin music scene since the early 1970’s.

  Buddy Guy makes his fifth Bedford appearance at 9:15 p.m. Sun. Guy’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time Grammy award winner whose professional career spans a half-century.

While these blues artists sizzle on stage, pit masters from around the world will be cooking in a Kansas City Barbecue Society competition.

The Bedford cook off is a nationally recognized event that’s been featured on several TV shows including BBQ Pitmasters and other reality series in the U.S and Canada. It hosts a heated field of world class competitors including multiple BBQ Pitmaster contestants. Guests can sample the very best these pros have to offer at the People’s Choice Event and Battle of the BBQ, 3:00 -5:00p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

New this year, is the Celebrity Rib Cooking Class on Saturday from 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. The class is taught by a BBQ Team featured on Season 5 of Pitmasters, Season 4 of Chopped Grillmasters, and the BluesFest 2016 Grand Champions, Fergolicious BBQ.

Gates open at 6 p.m. Fri. and 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun. at the outdoor venue across from the Bedford City Hall Complex, 1951 L. Don Dodson Dr.  Ubers, Lyfts, Taxis and hotel shuttles will be accessible ONLY at the East Gate Entrance.

Complete details: www.bedfordbluesfest.com.

The Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Bedford Hotel Association, Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB and Budweiser. The event is produced by the City of Bedford.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer at 817-952-2126. 


The City of Bedford Becomes First in Nation to Provide the ONCOblot Blood Test to Firefighters for Early Cancer Testing
January 25, 2017

The City of Bedford has become the FIRST City in the United States to partner with Mor-NuCo Enterprises to provide the ONCOblot early cancer detection testing for firefighters. City Council passed the resolution on Tuesday, January 24, authorizing the agreement to begin the ONCOblot testing, which is set to begin in mid-March 2017.

During fire suppression and overhaul activities, firefighters are exposed to smoke and other byproducts of combustion. Studies have revealed the presence of many known carcinogens within these bi-products, resulting in an increased exposure rate for firefighters, thereby directly contributing to a significantly higher rate of a cancer diagnosis.

Currently there are limited testing options for early cancer detection.   When patients begin to notice the signs and symptoms of cancer, the disease has often progressed to an advanced state, as late as stage four.  The ONCOblot blood test provides Bedford firefighters an advanced tool to help detect the possible presence of cancer in early stages.

This early detection is through a simple blood draw that identifies a specific type of protein in the blood called ENOX2, which exists on the surface of a malignant cancer cell. The ENOX2 proteins are shed into circulation and can be detected in the blood. These proteins serve as highly sensitive markers for tissue of origin. The initial testing will provide a baseline for all Bedford certified firefighters, and then repeated every five years.

The ONCOblot blood test is a valuable compliment to the Bedford Firefighters’ standard of care and has the potential to save lives through early cancer testing and detection.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer at 817-952-2126.

The City of Bedford Welcomes Back the College Gridiron Showcase with a 'It's Time Texas' Rally Event on Saturday, January 7
December 20, 2016

WHO: The City of Bedford and the College Gridiron Showcase
WHAT: A College Gridiron Showcase and ‘It’s Time Texas’ Kickoff Event
WHEN: Saturday, January 7 - 11:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.
WHERE: 11:00a.m. – Pet Friendly Fun Walk at Texas Health HEB Fitness Center (1616 Hospital Pkwy) / 12:00p.m.– Rally at Pennington Field (1501 Central Dr.)

Football fever has hit the DFW Metroplex like never before and Bedford is ringing in the New Year with a Football Frenzy, Dual Event on Saturday, January 7 beginning at 11:00a.m.

For the second straight year, the College Gridiron Showcase (CGS) will be returning to Bedford January 7-11, featuring on-field and educational sessions for top football prospects. All practices and scrimmages held at Pennington Field are free and open to the public for viewing.  Expanding upon its previous successful partnership, the city will facilitate a series of ‘It’s Time Texas’ events and activities not only to further align CGS with local businesses and residents, but to bring the Bedford community together to rally for a healthy and fitness-filled 2017.  

Among the activities scheduled is the free Kick off Rally with a Pet Friendly Fun Walk and a Kids Football skills camp at Pennington Field on Saturday, January 7.  In and Out Burger will be onsite with free hamburgers for attendees and in the evening, a welcome party sponsored by and hosted at the Texas Harley-Davidson in Bedford.  

“The willingness of the city to work with us has been remarkable,” said Craig Redd, CGS ‎Co-Founder & Director of Operations.  “The city – along with its businesses and residents – has gone above and beyond to accommodate our players and families in a warm and welcoming environment.”

The College Gridiron Showcase is a college post-season showcase for NFL Draft-eligible players across all college football divisions.  CGS selects their prospects via a panel of football experts. Players will convene in Bedford for 5 days and 4 nights to be evaluated by professional football league scouts. The players receive professional coaching, mentoring, life coaching and seminars that will benefit them as they move forward in their professional lives in or out of football. 

“Through CGS, Bedford is able to showcase some of the best people and businesses our city has to offer, including people of all walks of life and from around the country,” said Bedford Events Manager, Wendy Hartnett.  “We are excited to expand our relationship, and look forward to using the event as a testament to the great things our city is doing.”

Additional information can be found below:

For more information contact Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


The City of Bedford Honors Two Women with the Life-Saving Award at the Annual Tree Lighting Event THIS Friday
November 30, 2016

The City of Bedford, Mayor Jim Griffin and the Bedford Fire Department will present two women with the Life-Saving Award at the Annual Tree Lighting Event on Friday, December 2. 

On August 2016 Amy Nabors and Megan Gebhart reacted quickly and calmly in a highly stressful, emergency situation in which a man was trapped under a vehicle.   Following the accident investigation by the Bedford Fire Department, there is no doubt the victim, Glen Milton, owes his life to the heroic actions of these women. 

The Awards Ceremony will be held on the Lawn of the Old Bedford School at 5:45p.m. Friday, December 2, 2016.

The event is a free, family-friendly event that kicks up the spirit of Christmas with cookie decorating, hay rides, bounce houses, pictures with Santa, the Tree Lighting and more! Events are scheduled from 4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m. at both the Bedford Public Library and Old Bedford School.

For a complete list of activities, please visit www.bedfordtx.gov.

For more information, call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


City of Bedford Selects New Fire Chief
October 03, 2016


The City of Bedford has selected Sean Fay to be its new fire chief.

Fay has over 25 years of experience in fire service and currently serves the city of Rowlett as the Assistant Fire Chief over operations and administration. He also serves as the fire department´s public information officer, arson investigator, professional standards investigator, and IT manager. He previously served part-time as the fire chief and fire marshal for the city of Fate.

Fay holds a bachelor´s degree in business administration from Northwood University and is a student in the National Fire Academy´s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP). He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Texas Fire Chiefs Association, International Association of Arson Investigators, Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force, North Texas Honor Guard Society, Fire Instructors Association of North Texas, and National Internal Affairs Investigators Association.

The nationwide fire chief search was conducted by Strategic Government Resources (SGR), a local government executive search firm based in Keller, Texas. SGR´s recruitment and vetting process produced an impressive field of candidates. Three semifinalists interviewed with the city on September 21, and Fay was selected from the group of experienced candidates to fill the position.

Fay will begin employment with the city on October 19, 2016.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


City of Bedford and Mayors' Council of Tarrant County Host Mental Health and Law Enforcement Summit
September 23, 2016

Bedford Mayor Jim Griffin and the Mayors' Council of Tarrant County will be hosting a Mental Health and Law Enforcement Summit on September 28, 2016 at the Hurst Conference Center beginning at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.

The Summit will conclude at noon after the completion of three interactive panel discussions led by community leaders and experts in mental health and law enforcement.

In addition to Mayor Griffin, the Bedford speakers include City Manager, Roger Gibson and Police Chief Jeff Gibson.  Also speaking are Mr. Robert Early, President of JPS Health Network; Ms. Susan Garnett, Chief Executive Officer, MHMR Tarrant County: Judge Glen Whitley, County Judge; Mr. Ramey Heddins, Senior Director of Criminal Justice, MHMR Tarrant County; Judge Brent Carr, County Court at Law; Ms. Sharen Wilson, Criminal District Attorney; and Commissioner Roy C. Brooks, Tarrant County, Precinct One.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Bedford Public Library Closed October 2 for Migration to New System
September 7, 2016

The Bedford Public Library will be switching their integrated system (ILS) to Koha (www.koha-community.org), an open-source computer system.

The Library will be closed on Sunday, October 2, 2016 for data migration and the new system will go live on October 3, 2016.

The new features on the KOHA program include the automatic renewal of materials, increased security with passwords, optimization for all devices, easy to navigate catalog, customize user notifications, and track purchase suggestions.  Before the migration, everyone with a library card should export their reading history and wish lists.

Migrating to Koha program will save $32,000 annually in licensing and maintenance fees.  The cost savings from moving to an open-source system will go toward improving existing services including online homework help, literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Programs.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


The Bedford Public Library Receives Grant for New I.D.E.A.S Lab
August 29, 2016

The Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) recently awarded funding to the Bedford Public Library under its Impact Grant program. 

The Bedford Library will use grant funds to create the I.D.E.A.S. Lab, an acronym for “Innovate, Design, Engineer and Apply Science” which will launch in January 2017. 

A white paper commissioned by the Summer Learning Collaborative found that differences in children’s summer learning experiences during their elementary school years can ultimately impact whether they earn a high school diploma and continue to college. 

The goal of the I.D.E.A.S. Lab is to improve Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) literacy and increase family engagement to reduce the summer slide.  A 3-part project centered on STEM education through informal learning environments, the project introduces I.D.E.A.S. STEM Kits, I.D.E.A.S. Lab Tours and Series, and I.D.E.A.S. Robot.  Each component is designed to reach audiences of different preferred learning styles and guided by the 4 C’s: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity.  Patrons will be able to check out STEM kits, attend robotics programs and science programs starting in 2017.

This project is just one of 71 made possible this year by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.
 
The Bedford Public Library is one of 12 libraries to be awarded the grant for 2016.  “The Bedford Public Library is excited to be able to expand the current STEM programming.  Our families are thirsty for science and technology related programming,” said Maria Redburn, Bedford Library Director.

ABOUT THE TEXAS STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES COMMISSION Formed in 1909, TSLAC is committed to giving Texans access to information and programs to improve their lives and communities. TSLAC provides historical and genealogical search assistance, federal and state government documents, electronic research and library services to all Texans, including those who are unable to read standard print material because of physical or reading disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Dr. John, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Headline 2016 Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival
August 26, 2016

The blues legends lead an impressive roster that includes Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers, Janiva Magness and a host of local talent. Area musicians including The Stratoblasters, Mike Morgan & The Crawl, Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat, Bnois King Band, Tutu Jones & His Twisted Soul Band, Pat Boyack, Joey Love, EJ Matthews, and Dylan Bishop will be playing throughout the festival.

The festival runs Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4.   The event kicks off at 6:00p.m. on Friday, September 2 with music from the Gregg A. Smith Soul Session featuring Larry Lampkin & Cookie McGee.

The jam-packed event swings into full gear Saturday afternoon and culminates with an evening lineup featuring contemporary blues artist Tommy Castro. The California guitarslinger and his band The Painkillers will rock the main stage at 7:45 p.m.  

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue closes out Saturday night’s showcase at 9:15 p.m. The New Orleans native will bring his crescent city jazz/funk/blues sound that’s thrilled audiences in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Japan, Russia and Brazil.

The hits continue when Janiva Magness and Dr. John take the reins on Sunday. Magness has a rich, soulful voice that earned her Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year in 2009. The Detroit native performs at 7:45 p.m.

Dr. John makes his inaugural Bedford appearance at 9:15 p.m. The six-time Grammy award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee brings his Mardi Gras madness - a funky mix of New Orleans R&B, boogie-woogie and rock’n’roll, to close out the festival.

While this savory musical gumbo simmers on stage, pit masters from around the world will be cooking in a Kansas City Barbecue Society competition.   The Bedford cook off is a nationally recognized event that’s been featured on several TV shows including BBQ Pitmasters and other reality series in the U.S and Canada. It hosts a heated field of world class competitors including multiple BBQ Pitmaster contestants. Guests can sample the very best these pros have to offer at the People’s Choice Event and Battle of the BBQ 3-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Gates open at 2 p.m. at the outdoor venue across from the Bedford City Hall Complex, 1951 L. Don Dodson Dr. Individual tickets and Festival packages are available at www.bedfordbluesfest.com.

The Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Bedford Hotel Association, Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB and Budweiser. The event is produced by the City of Bedford.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Bedford Police Department holds a Safety Social Event for the new '1 Community Program'
June, 20, 2016

The Bedford Police Department is holding a Safety Social Event at the Windmill Terrace Apartments, 2200 Murphy Dr., on Thursday, June 23 at 4:00p.m. to celebrate the apartment community being the first ones to successfully complete the ‘1 Community Program.’

The program began in 2015 and has 9 Bedford communities actively participating.  This program is designed to foster community relationships, reduce criminal activity, increase safety, and decrease calls for service at multi-family housing properties.  There are three levels to the program and each level builds on the prior.  In addition, there is a list of specific requirements that must be met in order to become a certified property.

At the event, members of the Bedford Police Department and the Windmill Terrace Staff, Owners and Residents will acknowledge the hard work that was accomplished to reach this status in the program by awarding the property an official ‘1 Community Property’ sign. The residents will have a chance to learn about the goals of the program and what safety and security improvements Windmill Terrace made to increase the overall quality of life.

Since joining the ‘1 Community Program,’ Windmill Terrace has had a decrease of 45.5% in crimes (property, persons, and society) and a 25% decrease in calls for service (quality of life issues) from 2015 compared to 2014.  Based on the first 5 months of 2016, the trend shows a continued decrease in in both categories as well.   

This reduction can be attributed to the high-quality apartment management and their practices, as well as the ‘1 Community Program’ partnership that was established between the Windmill Terrace community and the Bedford Police Department.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Utilities

Pay Water Bill Online

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Water Department

Find out more information about the Bedford Water Department.

 

 

 

 

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.

“This is a free service available to our residents allowing us to provide immediate information related to emergencies and other issues that are of a public concern,” said Roger Gibson, Bedford City Manager.  “It may be a missing child, a tornado warning, an unforeseen interruption of services in a particular area, or some other event where real-time information is critical.  We encourage Bedford residents and businesses to utilize this service by registering their message preferences in the Bedford Alert database.”

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.

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.

Current jobs available

Public Information Requests

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.

***For any police and/or code compliance open records requests, please email , or for further assistance contact the Bedford Police Records Division at 817-952-2425.***

Attorney General’s Web page on Open Government
SIGN ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
July 11, 2016

In order to promote an aesthetically pleasing, safe and functional community, the City adopted a uniform set of regulations related to signs. Signs are considered accessory structures which are regulated in Section 6-66 through 6-74 of the Sign Ordinance. As a business in Bedford, you are permitted certain specific types of sign displays while others are prohibited. The purpose of this ordinance is to protect property values, as well as provide a neat, clean, orderly and attractive appearance of the community. This ordinance has been revised to reduce sign clutter and to minimize adverse visual safety factors to travelers on areas open to public travel. To achieve this purpose, it is necessary to regulate the design, quality of materials, construction, location, illumination, and maintenance of signs that are visible from public property, public rights-of-way and private areas open to public travel. Revisions to the Sign Ordinance include the following:
  • Electronic Message Centers – Section 6-70 (a)
  • Display Of Feather/Swooper Flags and Balloons for Grand Openings –Section 6-72
  • Area Coverage Of Window Signs – Section 6-70 (h)
  • Luminous Lighting in Storefront Windows – Section 6-70 (h)
  • Prohibited Signs – Section 6-74
  • Existing Building For Sale / Lease Signs – Section 6-70 (i)
Ordinance No. 16-3167 provides additional information, including updated definitions and detailed sections, to accomplish these changes. The items listed above are further explained on the enclosed document. This ordinance can be viewed in its entirety: HERE

Conformance timeline for existing and temporary signs is no later than September 1, 2016.

  • Significant Changes in Sign Ordinance
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    NO FEEDING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
    July 11, 2016

    The new no feeding of wildlife ordinance amending Section 86-3 of the Code of Ordinances states:

    (3) Wildlife.

         b. The supplemental feeding of wildlife leads to overcrowding and increases the susceptibility for wildlife to contract life threatening diseases.
         The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife discourages supplemental feeding of wildlife in public and private places. The purpose of this section
         is to control the feeding of wildlife in order to protect the public health, public property, and wildlife.

              1. No person shall engage in the feeding of any wildlife within any park within the city or within any public property.

    This ordinance can be viewed in its entirety: HERE

    The no feeding ordinance is currently in effect and being enforced.

     

     

     


    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.

    PAYDAY LOAN ORDINANCE
    October 04, 2016

    On September 27, 2016, the Bedford City Council approved Ordinance 16-3183, effective January 1, 2017. It addresses the registration and oversight of credit access businesses that provide payday loans and/or auto title loans to consumers.

    As per the City ordinance, a credit access business cannot operate or conduct business without a certificate of registration issued by the City of Bedford. Registration is required for each geographic location operating or conducting business. In addition to the registration requirement, credit access businesses must follow lending guidelines that place restrictions on extension of consumer credit. Highlights of this ordinance include:

    • Credit access businesses must register with the City annually.

    • Credit access businesses will maintain complete records and retain them for three years.

    • Cash advanced under consumer credit cannot exceed 20% of the consumer's gross monthly income.

    • Cash advanced under a motor vehicle title loan cannot exceed the lesser of 3% of the consumer's gross annual income or 70% of the current retail value of the vehicle.

    • Repayments may not be repayable in more than four installments and limits refinancing to no more than three times.

    Ordinance No. 16-3183 provides additional information to accomplish these changes. This ordinance can be viewed in its entirety: HERE

     

     

     


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