Bedford City Council had full slate of approvals during Tuesday meeting

BEDFORD – The Bedford Board of Works stayed busy Tuesday afternoon with the swearing-in of a new police officer and approving multiple requests for the city.

Officer Tyler McGlocklin being sworn in by Mayor Sam Craig

Officer Tyler McGlocklin was officially sworn in as a new member of the Bedford Police Department, with other officers in attendance to welcome him to the “family.”

Police Chief Terry Moore

Police Chief Terry Moore then requested the acceptance of placing Officers Michael Bell and Robert Harris as permanent status officers within the department after completing their one-year probation. This was approved by the council. A request was also made to approve a record management retention policy for the department, which was also approved by the council.

Fire Chief John Hughes then requested the acceptance of new hire Clay Lumpe after completing the necessary requirements and training. Chief Hughes also asked to update the standard operating procedure when the department is requested to aid within the county.

Fire Chief John Hughes

Previously police on the scene were the ones to call off the department if necessary, but in some cases, the department has already rushed through the city to go and help. This was viewed as an unnecessary procedure and requested that anyone at the scene can call off the aid from the department. Both were approved by the council.

Street Department Supervisor David Flinn

Bedford Street Department Supervisor David Flinn then accepted the sealed bid for the purchase of the city-owned 2003 Ford Sportrax vehicle from Darren George for $2,550. There were also two bids placed to purchase a grapple truck for the street department, which was put under advisement and will be discussed during the March meeting.

City of Bedford Director of Administrative Services Denise Henderson then discussed accepting a sales order of agreement with the company Swipeclock to provide a digital HR program for the City of Bedford and its 166 employees. The service will cost $4.50 per employee with a one time implementation fee.

Henderson also requested an update to the Commercial Driving License policy to include new guidelines for entry-level endorsements. Both requests were approved by the council.

Brandon Woodward

Finally, Bedford Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals Clerk/Treasurer Brandon Woodward, shared that the artist who did the mural on the side of the building on the corner of 16th and H streets will becoming back to fix the mural and any areas that the paint has withered for a total of $4,500.

The mural painted on 16th and H streets

Woodward also requested the final approval for the minor subdivision for Stone City Properties to divide their property at 1201 Limestone Dr. and the adjoining vacant land into three separate parcels of land. All three plots will have entry access points from John Williams Boulevard, Beech Street, and Limestone Drive. Both requests were approved by the council before adjourning.