Bedford City Council passes changes to housing code

BEDFORD – The Bedford City Council passed a change to the ordinance that addresses penalties for failing to file for permits to housing units in Bedford.

This penalty for failure to have units inspected in a timely manner increased from $5 a month to $100 month. The last change to this ordinance was back in 1968, according to Planning Director Brandon Woodward.

This ordinance applies to properties that have two or more units. Each property owner with two or more units must file for an inspection by April 1st of every year, and the inspection must be completed by July 1st of the same year.

There is a total of 66 owners within the city that own three or more units. In 2020, the city inspected 1,096 units and is on track to inspect the same amount in 2021.

In other business the council:

  • Approved vacating an alley in Stillson’s First addition at the request of Ron and Heather dela Cruz.
  • The second passage of a zoning change from I-2 to PR Professional Residential district was approved for the city-owned property located at 2630 Industrial Park Avenue. The zoning change will allow the city to be able to sell the property at a later time and will allow more uses for the property. At this time, there are no plans to sell the property. The city has future plans to repair the derrick on the property. The derrick has some foundation issues and may require some extensive repairs. The city plans to keep the derrick if they decide to sell the 1.46 acre the derrick sits on.