(BEDFORD) - The Bedford Police Department has a new officer.
The Bedford Board of Works approved the hiring of Derek Blackwell, Tuesday afternoon. Blackwell will fill the position left vacant of officer Joe Fender, who retired. Blackwell has been with the department as a dispatcher since 2010.
The board also approved Britta Cowan to be moved from a part-time dispatcher to full-time, filling Blackwell's former position.
Tonya Lynd was hired to fill Cowan's part-time position as dispatcher. The board also accepted the resignation of part-time dispatcher Kelly Cobb and gave Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley permission to start testing to fill that position.
In other business:
* The board approved the Crowe Horwath agreement for project assignment of water, sewer and storm water utilities rate review. Utilities Director Misty Adams says the firm will make an assessment of the city's utilities and make recommendations and look at the rates the city is charging and see if they need to be increased.
* The board approved a contract with Christine Mathue, Architect for Transit Facility Renovation so that improvements to the TASC bus garage could be made. The building needs a new roof, plumbing so it can be storm water compliant, new windows and the offices need renovated. The improvements will not cost tax payers any money, because the projects will be funded with $188,000 in stimulus funds.
* The board approved a Transit Procurement Guidelines Amendment Dispute Resolution. The state required the adoption of the resolution. The resolutions allows the city and contractors with disputes to come to an agreement without binding arbitration.
* The board approved the final plats for Quail Ridge Subdivision.
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