Fire Hydrant Flushing
July 02, 2019
Bedford City Utilities
1614 “L” Street
Bedford, Indiana 47421-3730
FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING
STARTING SUNDAY NIGHT, JULY 7, 2019 – THURSDAY NIGHT, JULY 18, 2019
The following is a tentative schedule for the flushing of fire hydrants for the City of Bedford.
It is subject to change each day if each day is not completed as scheduled or due to weather
Customers are cautioned to be careful on or about these days as the water can be muddy/rusty
and will be harmful to laundry as far as staining. If the water becomes discolored in your
area, let the cold faucets run for a short while and it should clear up.
Sunday Night, Monday Night July 7TH – 8TH
Everything South of 19th St and West of Mitchell Rd including Broadview Addition, Fresenius Medical Care, St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, Garden Villa, Bliss House and Stonebridge
Tuesday Night, Wednesday Night July 9TH-10TH
16th St West of M St, Edgewood Addition, IU Health Bedford, Bex Addition, and
Thursday Night, Sunday Night July 11TH, July 14TH
East of Mitchell Rd/South of 16th St. Brook Knoll, Glen Meadows, Shandell Dr and Core
Monday Night, Tuesday Night July 15TH-16TH
John Williams Blvd, All of Lincoln Ave, 15th & M West, 8th St
South to 16th St
Wednesday Night, Thursday Night July 17TH-18TH
East of Lincoln Ave and North of 15th St.
REMEMBER : IF WEATHER TURNS BAD, THIS WILL BE CANCELLED!!!!
BUILDING A BETTER BEDFORD - 4TH AND LINCOLN INTERSECTION CLOSURE -May 29th, 2019
June 20, 2019
BUILDING A BETTER BEDFORD WEEKLY UPDATE, JUNE 20TH, 2019
4TH AND LINCOLN INTERSECTION CLOSURE
Contact: MISTY ADAMS
DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES
The 4th and Lincoln Avenue Intersection project still continues. The intersection of 4th and Lincoln Avenue is closed, and 4th Street to the east is closed up to O Street. Workers are currently working on the water main relocation on 4th Street. Once work is completed, installation of new storm sewer along 4th Street from Lincoln Avenue to O Street, work will continue North on Lincoln Avenue.
We estimate this closure to be up to two months while storm water, water, and sewer work continues.
All businesses are open during construction.
4TH STREET MARATHON DAIRYLAND AND STUDIO M PARKING LOTS ARE FOR CUSTOMERS ONLY. THESE ARE NOT FOR TRAFFIC TO PASS THROUGH.
LARGE TRUCKS AND SEMIS ARE TO USE 5TH STREET.
Proceed with caution around this area with the change in traffic pattern.
City Offices Closed - Independence Day
June 18, 2019
All City of Bedford Offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.
TASC buses will not be running.
All Thursday trash routes will be picked up on Saturday, July 6th.
Special Assistance/Rear Loader routes will be picked up Monday, July 8th.
Recycle/Compost pickups will be on Friday, July 5th.
CITY OF BEDFORD COUNCIL MEETING
June 18, 2019
The Bedford City Council Meeting Will Be Held On Tuesday, July 9th at 7:00 PM In The City Hall Mark E. Scherschel Sr. Council Chambers. The Council meeting will begin with a Public Hearing, this is a request for a Petition To Vacate Alley. The alley sought to be vacated is a closed alley and runs due north from 16th Street along a portion of the east boundary of real estate owned by Damon Hall, President of Hanrahan Hall & Bright Inc. located at 2033 16th Street. The regular meeting will immediately follow.
Redevelopment Commission Meeting
June 18, 2019
The Bedford Redevelopment Commission Meeting Will Be Held On Monday, July 8th At 4:00 PM In The City Hall Mark E. Scherschel Sr. Council Chambers.
City of Bedford Board of Works and Safety Special Meeting
March 25, 2019
THE BEDFORD CITY BOARD OF WORKS AND SAFETY WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING ON MONDAY, APPRIL 1ST AT 4:00 PM IN THE CITY HALL MARK E. SCHERSCHEL SR. COUNCIL CHAMBERS. THE MEETING IS FOR THE RECEIVING AND OPENING OF BIDS FOR THE EDGEWOOD DRIVE MILLING AND RESURFACING PROJECT, AND APPROVAL OF THE DUKE ENERGY GRANT OF EASEMENT AGREEMENT.
Mayor Shawna Girgis Bedford Stellar Community Work Pays Off Press Release
March 01, 2019
Bedford Stellar Community Work Pays Off
For Release on February 19, 2019
Revised February 28, 2019
Shawna Girgis, Mayor
Marla Jones, Director of Business & Community Development
City of Bedford
(812) 279-6555 - office
The City of Bedford was designated a 2013 Stellar Community, a statewide rural community revitalization initiative unique to Indiana, which is headed by the Lieutenant Governor and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Funding for Bedford’s Stellar Initiative came from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, OCRA, Indiana Department of Transportation, as well as local private and public funds. OCRA states that “the Stellar Communities program embodies collaborative government partnerships and successfully leverages state and federal funding from multiple agencies to undertake large-scale projects. Through this program, Indiana is doing more with current resources and making a bigger impact in communities, even with a slimmer budget”. This big impact is evident today in Bedford.
The Strategic Investment plan for Bedford’s Stellar Community application was carefully crafted for the transformative impact it would have on the downtown area. The plan was created from local planning efforts that resulted in the first comprehensive plan in 25 years, followed by a detailed and focused downtown revitalization plan. Bedford’s commitment to future growth was the driving forces behind the Stellar proposal.
The result of these efforts is a Stellar Investment Plan that was developed by Bedford for Bedford. The first Bedford Stellar Community plan was proposed in 2011. Although a Stellar finalist, Bedford was not selected to be funded or receive the designation as a Stellar Community. However, several projects in the 2011 application including the Lincoln Avenue Roundabout, Milwaukee Rail-Trail, Stalker School Apartments, Lincoln Avenue and U Street Channel stormwater infrastructure improvements have been completed through grant funds outside of the Indiana Stellar Program and have brought over $10.7 million to the community as a result of state or federal grants.
Utilizing the City Comprehensive Plan and the Downtown Revitalization Plan as guides, the 2013 Bedford Stellar Community Proposal focused on the heart of our community, the downtown. An impact area was chosen and goals of the 2013 Stellar plan were developed, which are listed below.
• Promote Economic Development, particularly on Main Street
• Insure a Trained and Ready Workforce
• Cultivate a Vibrant Downtown District
• Enhance Quality of Life
To make these goals a reality the City of Bedford has implemented projects including the Limestone Downtown Connector Trail; relocation and renovation of the Milwaukee Depot; the Stone Gate Arts & Education Center; Stonecutters Place – Senior Apartments; Murals; improvements to the Downtown Bedford Streetscapes, Façades, and the Courthouse Plaza; as well as development of Harp Commons. Projects that have yet to be completed include gateways to the downtown area and wayfinding signage.
The City of Bedford led proposal development, but the Stellar Community designation was the result of a team effort that would not have been possible without local financial investment in this endeavor. The City of Bedford worked with Hope Flores, Director of the Lawrence County Community Foundation to establish a Bedford Community Development Fund that started a local fundraising campaign. When the Lawrence County Commissioners and Lawrence County Council pledged $500,000 toward a dollar for dollar matching fund for all non-city investment, fundraising efforts flourished. To date, the 2013 Stellar Community projects have brought over $27 million of investment to downtown Bedford. Of these funds approximately $945,000 came from the city budget. The Redevelopment Commission invested $3.2 million and secured a $3.5 million USDA Rural Development low-interest loan using TIF funds to complete the StoneGate Arts and Education Center. The remainder of the funding was provided through state and federal grants, private local investment, and donations.
The City of Bedford is grateful to the following individuals and organizations for their financial investment in Bedford’s Stellar Community Initiative. Private donations from local organizations and individuals total $1,169,340.
• Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce
• Bedford Federal Savings Bank
• Bedford Redevelopment Commission
• Bedford Revitalization, Inc. (BRI)
• Bedford Times – Mail
• Bedford Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA)
• Steve Fergusson
• General Motors
• German American Bank
• Hoosier Hills Credit Union
• Hoosier Uplands
• Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)
• Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)
• Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA)
• IU Health - Bedford
• Lawrence County Community Foundation
• Lawrence County Government
• Lawrence County Economic Growth Council
• Lee Marchant – Garden Villa
• Radius Indiana
• Regional Impact Fund
• Stone City Products
• Vision Group – East Gate Business & Technology Center
From 2011 - 2019 the City of Bedford invested just $1.00 of general budgeted funds to leverage nearly $20.00 in investment or 4.7% of the $38 million in projects that were initiated as a result of the Indiana Stellar Community Program. The entire 2013 Stellar project area and downtown Bedford is in a TIF district, which enabled the Bedford Redevelopment Commission to invest in the project. The Redevelopment Commission invested 17.8% of project funds with each $1.00 through TIF funds leveraging $4.59 of additional investment.
Mayor Girgis shared “Bedford’s 2011 and 2013 Stellar Community planning efforts and implementation demonstrates the commitment of city leaders to the growth and improvement of our community that would not have been possible without state and federal grant funds. I am extremely grateful to the State of Indiana for investing in Bedford, as well as the commitment of the City Council, Redevelopment Commission, Lawrence County Government, and numerous private partners that believed and invested in this work. It is because of each of these organizations and individuals that these plans have become reality. I encourage future leaders to vigorously pursue state and federal dollars that would otherwise go to other communities. These dollars enable us to improve the quality of place in Bedford, which is essential to attracting and retaining individuals, families, and businesses to the greater Lawrence County community”.
Detailed information regarding each Stellar Community project funding sources including grants, city budget dollars, RDC/TIF funds, donations, USDA Rural Development, investors, and other investment is provided on the attached spreadsheet. Please note that this information will be updated and will not be finalized until all Stellar Community grants and projects are completed and closed out with the State of Indiana.
Lincoln Avenue Notice Intersection Closure
February 04, 2019
The 5th & Lincoln Avenue intersection will be closed from February 4th for approximately two months to install storm sewer pipe as well as lower water lines and install inlets. The project continues north on Lincoln Avenue to 1st street with a new trunk line so there will be additional block closures North as the project continues. The contractor, King’s Trucking will be working as fast as possible to get this intersection opened back up.
With the Lincoln Avenue storm water project there will be inconveniences for larger trucks that may make deliveries in town to the north end. The alternate route on 4th Street entering and exiting on S and M street as a way to get larger vehicles around the Lincoln Avenue Intersection will be used. There will be temporary no parking along different sections of 4th Street. This is a much needed infrastructure improvement to remove the storm water on the north end of town that was included in our approved compliance plan with Indiana Department of Environmental Management to reduce or prevent sanitary sewer inflow and infiltration to Spider Creek lift station with the goal with other projects to eliminate prohibited sanitary sewer overflows. We will compile an email list to get information out as needed for businesses and residents in the area if you would like to give me an email address to send updates. My email is email@example.com if you want to send me your email. If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at 812-278-4371 or Mike Reynolds who is the storm water coordinator at 812-788-0303. All businesses remain open during construction. Please drive carefully in this area.