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Press Release-Downtown Streetscape-INDOT Funded Project - Work To Begin

Press Release-Downtown Streetscape-INDOT Funded Project - Work To Begin

March 13, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: WORK ON INDOT FUNDED PROJECT TO BEGIN IN THE CITY OF BEDFORD For Release on March 10, 2017 Contact: Marla Jones, Director of Community & Business Development (812) 279-6555 - office (812) 279-0734 – mobile mjones@bedford.in.us Dan Kirk Planning Director & Street Commissioner (812) 279-6555 - office (812) 583-2626 – mobile dkirk@bedford.in.us The City of Bedford has received over $2.6 million from the Indiana Department of Transportation for the Downtown Square streetscape project as part of the Indiana Stellar Community initiative and the Community Crossing Grant for road related improvements on Lincoln Avenue. When bids for the combined Stellar Community streetscape and trail project exceeded estimates the two projects were separated and the streetscape project was given priority. Construction on the Downtown Square streetscape will begin this month. Planning for the project has included public meetings with input from downtown merchants regarding ways to make the downtown more business friendly. In January, during two public meetings, representatives from the Lochmueller Group shared final renderings for the project and answered questions posed by citizens, government officials, and business owners. Community Crossing Grant funds were designated by the Indiana State Legislature last year for road related projects. These funds will allow the City of Bedford to implement improvements on Lincoln Avenue that address concerns of residents and business owners concerning traffic problems and condition of the roadway. The project will include a roundabout, street grinding and paving, as well as new sidewalks. Property has been acquired for this project on the southwest corner of John Williams Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue and the building on the property is being removed and relocated by the Bedford Parks Department for storage. Both projects are being planned with as few disruptions to citizens and businesses as possible. While this is the case, during construction there are often times of inconvenience and disappointment. At the pre-construction meeting this week contractors informed city officials that existing trees on the Downtown Square must be removed before construction begins. It is anticipated that the trees on the Downtown Square will be removed the week of March 11th. In addition, trees on the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue will be removed during the month of March so the existing broken and hazardous sidewalks can be replaced as part of the Lincoln Avenue project. Both projects have been reviewed by the City of Bedford Tree Board, which guarantees that each tree will be replaced three to one as a 25 year member of Tree City USA. Although new trees will be planted downtown as shown in the project drawings and on the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue it is not without emotion that this necessary step is being taken. City of Bedford staff and contractors are working to address the concerns of citizens and local businesses and will continue to do so throughout the 2017 construction season but remind everyone that this work requires commitment, patience, and understanding but in the end the results will be worth it. Together we are Building a Better Bedford. Individuals with questions regarding these projects may contact Marla Jones, Director of Community and Business Development, at mjones@bedford.in.us or Dan Kirk, Planning Director & Street Commissioner, at dkirk@bedford.in.us, or by calling City Hall at 812-279-6555.

City of Bedford Board of Works and Safety

City of Bedford Board of Works and Safety

February 22, 2017

The Board of Works And Safety Will Meet On Monday, March 20th At 4:00 PM In The City Hall Mark E. Scherschel Sr. Council Chambers.

Redevelopment Commission Meeting

Redevelopment Commission Meeting

February 22, 2017

The Bedford Redevelopment Commission Will Hold Their Regular Meeting On Monday, March 13th At 4:00 PM In The City Hall Mark E. Scherschel Sr. Council Chambers.

CITY OF BEDFORD COUNCIL MEETING

CITY OF BEDFORD COUNCIL MEETING

February 22, 2017

The Bedford City Council Meeting Will Be Held On Tuesday, March 14th At 7:00 PM In The City Hall Mark E. Scherschel Sr. Council Chambers. The Meeting Will Be Begin With A Public Hearing And Regular Meeting Immediately Following.

Sewer Cleaning Map and Schedule

Sewer Cleaning Map and Schedule

January 26, 2017

The City of Bedford Utilities will be in your neighborhood conducting sewer line cleaning and inspections. Door hanger notices will be placed on residences the day before or around cleaning day if at all possible. Yard signs will also be in your neighborhood. The sanitary sewer lines are cleaned using high performance sewer cleaning equipment. A cleaning nozzle is propelled from one manhole to the next using water under high pressure. The nozzle is then pulled back to the starting manhole. As the nozzle is pulled back, water scours the inside of the sanitary sewer pipe. Any debris in the pipe is pulled back with the water. The debris is removed from the manhole with a vacuum unit. If roots are found, they are cut with a root cutter. This process is repeated on every sewer line cleaned. The main is also recorded with a camera and an assessment of the main and manholes conditions are recorded in order to assist in needed improvements. The cleaning process causes a vacuum in the sewer. This will not affect most homes, but some homes may be affected that have inadequate or partially blocked drain vents or no backwater valves. The vacuum may cause “P-traps” (the little S shaped bend in the pipe under sinks and drains) to be sucked dry. Should you notice a sewer smell resulting from this, run a little water in your drains to refill the P-traps. During the process, residents might experience a rumbling sound, in addition to the possibility of water entering the sink, bathtub or toilet. It is recommended that you shut the water valve off to your toilet(s), put the toilet seat(s) down and cover floor drains with car mats on the days that the sewer cleaning is scheduled. This will minimize any possible splashing of the P-trap water in homes that are poorly vented. The precautions are recommended only during our working times of 7 am until 330 pm and dependent upon weather and the time of year. Residents can put things back as they were when the equipment has moved off their block. The link identifies the sewer shed map and the estimated time frame.

Bedford Redevelopment Authority

Bedford Redevelopment Authority

January 25, 2017

The Bedford Redevelopment Authority Will Hold A Special Meeting On Monday, February 13th At 5:00 PM In The City Hall Mark E. Scherschel Sr. Council Chambers.

City Of Bedford Offices Closed - Presidents

City Of Bedford Offices Closed - Presidents' Day

January 25, 2017

NOTICE: All City of Bedford Offices will be closed on Monday, February 20th, 2017 in observance of Presidents' Day. TASC buses will not be running. All Monday trash will be picked up as regularly scheduled.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night

January 25, 2017

The City of Bedford will hold it's Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night on Tuesday, October 31st from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

BEDFORD CITY OFFICES CLOSED-MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.  DAY

BEDFORD CITY OFFICES CLOSED-MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

December 27, 2016

NOTICE: All City of Bedford Offices will be closed on Monday, January 16th, 2017 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. TASC buses will not be running on Monday. All Monday trash will be picked up as regularly scheduled. Recycling will be picked up Tuesday, January 17th.

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31 Oct 2017

Halloween Trick or Treat

The City of Bedford will hold its Halloween Trick or Treat Night on Tuesday, October 31st from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. - ONE NIGHT ONLY!

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