CARES Act funds to be used for fire hydrant maintenance

BEDFORD – The City of Bedford will be using CARES Act money to provide maintenance to the city’s older fire hydrants. Officials voted to transfer $255,236 of the CARES Act money to the General Fund to pay for the work.

The city will replace and make repairs as necessary to the fire hydrants, the cost to repair a hydrant will be based on how much work will have to be done in the ground. The exact number of fire hydrants that will be replaced is unknown at this time.

A public hearing on the appropriation was held prior to the city council meeting on Monday. The city council made a second passage of an ordinance authorizing the appropriation. The third and final passage will be made during next month’s city council meeting.

During the city council Monday evening, Stone City Products and General Motors appeared before the council reporting on their compliance with tax abatements over the year, as well as, giving an overview of their companies.

Stewart Rairden, of Stone City Products, and Glenn Simpson appeared for General Motors Corporation. Both companies are in compliance with the terms and conditions of their abatements.

In other business the council:

  • Approved the salary ordinance for the city’s contribution and employee premiums for Anthem Health Insurance. Bedford Mayor Sam Craig reports there was not an increase in premiums.
  • The second passage of an ordinance for re-zoning to an R-3 Medium Density Residential district located at 429 F Street was approved. The final passage will occur at the next city council meeting.
  • The final passage for the re-zoning of city property located at 2630 I Street was approved. The zoning will go from I-2 to a PR Professional Residential district. This will allow more uses for the property. The derrick will remain with the city should the city decide to sell this parcel.
  • A notification of conflict of interest was reported for Denise Henderson, and Ryan Griffith, who works for McIntyre Brothers.