Bedford Board of Works remained busy during last meeting of the year

BEDFORD – The Bedford Board of Works and Safety meeting had an agenda full of updates and requests Monday afternoon.

The first item was the swearing-in of new Bedford Firefighter Tristan M. Sites by Mayor Sam Craig. Sites had his family in attendance of the moment he was officially made a member of the Bedford Fire Department.

Tristan M. Sites being sworn in by Bedford Mayor Sam Craig

Once Sites and his family left the meeting to celebrate his accomplishments, Jimmy Jones made the request for approval and acceptance of a bid from B-TECH Technology for the installation of smoke detectors at the Red Brick Facility.

The building was damaged by a fire in early 2020 and has been in the process of renovation, including the installation of smoke detectors for $27.95 per month through B-TECH. This was approved by the board.

Next on the agenda, Police Chief Terry Moore discussed multiple updates and requests for the police department including the resignation of Peyton Felix after losing a family member and realigning his asperations. The resignation was accepted and acknowledged by the board.

Chief Moore then proceeded to request approval of the use of the Operation Pullover Grant that was received by the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department, which has been agreed to be split 50/50 between the departments, for a total of $25,000. This was approved by the board.

Police Chief Terry Moore

Chief Moore also requested the approval and acceptance of the quote from Coban Technologies for upgraded body cameras for police officers of $68,310. The current equipment is outdated and has not had a software update for nearly 10 years. This would allow for updated equipment that will be stored on servers in the building. This was approved by the board.

Chief Moore concluded with the approval of services by McIntyre Brothers to perform bi-yearly inspections of the 10 emergency tornado warning systems for $3,100. This was also approved by the board.

David Flinn

David Flinn with the Bedford Street Department then addressed the board for the approval to advertise sealed bids for two vehicles currently owned by the department that are no longer useful, as well as a request to advertise bids for a grapple truck to help maintain brush and cut down on time used to clean up trash. Both requests were approved by the board.

Next on the agenda was the approval of the minor subdivision for Gene Riley as well as Robert L. and Mellissa K. Ikerd that were approved by the plan commission. These were accepted and approved by the board.

The meeting ended with Clerk-Treasurer Marsha Pfeiffer discussing the encumbrances of the city that will be used for other areas in the coming months.