Board Of Works Approves More Street Lights Along John Williams Blvd.

(BEDFORD) – On Monday, the Board of Works approved adding four additional street lights along John Williams Boulevard.

Three lights will be placed between Walmart and Williams Realty. One light will be placed between Becky Skillman Way and James Avenue.

The board voted to place additional lighting in the area after Street/Building Commissioner Dan Kirk received a complaint from a pedestrian saying the area was very dark.

Byron Buker 

“I went by last night (Sunday), and could not see a person walking,” stated Board of Works member Byron Buker.  

The lights will be similar to the ones along the square and will be paid for over a 10 year period under an agreement with Duke Energy who is installing the lights

In other business:

The Board accepted the resignation of Bedford Police Officer Brittany Brenner.

Bedford Police Chief Terry Moore says Brenner submitted her resignation on October 17th with it being effective on October 28th. Brenner has accepted a position with the Department of Child Services.

The board approved easements for the right of ways for property owners on Rawlins Road.

A lease agreement between the City of Bedford and the American Red Cross was approved. The American Red Cross will continue using three suites in the Bedford Development Center at 405 I Street. The lease runs from December 2019 to June 2020. Rent will be paid to the City at a reduced rate.

A Memorandum of Understanding was approved by the board between the City of Bedford and Indiana Landmarks regarding the Goff Refrigeration building located at 1018 16th Street. According to City Attorney Greg Pittman, the city will be responsible for the cleaning of the building, shoring up the structure, and a minor roof repair. The city must also secure access to the property from the eastside while construction is taking place.

The board approved a quitclaim deed which transfers ownership of the building to Indiana Landmarks. The Inter-Agency Agreement between the City of Bedford and Indiana Landmarks stipulates that the city will pay $250,000 to Indiana Landmarks and the city will also pay $13,381.92 in tax liens, some of which is owed to the city in water/sewer fees.

Goff Refrigeration Building located at 1018 16th Street Bedford

Indiana Landmarks will turn in expenditures during the construction phase. When construction is completed, Indiana Landmarks will be responsible for marketing the property and will advise the city on the selling price before the building is sold.

The board approved Bedford Fire Chief Dewayne Turpen’s request to make some changes to the department’s Standard Operating Procedures. Before, firefighter performance reviews and promotions were done by a review committee. Now they will be completed by members who are on the same shift as the employee.

Bedford Fire Department

Misty Adams updated the Board of Works on the Lincoln Avenue Project. She says paving and some milling of Lincoln Avenue should begin this Wednesday.

Paving on Lincoln Avenue may begin on Wednesday

The board approved to pay an additional $41,161 for the Storm Water Project along P Street. Adams says that crews ran into issues with some drains and pipes. The project should be completed in mid-2021.

The board approved the Employee Benefits Policy for reimbursement of gym membership expenses for city employees. The city will pay a one–time yearly payment of up to $150. The gym membership does not have to be in the City of Bedford.