All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast December 13th & December 14th
Mark Your Calendars, The Bedford Firefighters are hosting their
4th Annual All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast. This year’s raffle drawing will be on December 14th at the Pancake Breakfast at 10am. You may buy tickets until then. No need to be present to win. All Proceeds go to the Bedford Firefighters Annual Awards Banquet Fund
When: Friday, December 13th & Saturday, December 14th Where: Central Fire Station 1816 Bedford Road Fee: $5 per person
Christmas Tree Lighting 2013 Friday, December 6, 2013
The City of Bedford would like to invite you and your family to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at the Bedford Library and Old Bedford School. The Library will be featuring classic Christmas cartoons from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Cookie Decorating from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Christmas Story Time 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Then take the hayride over to the Old Bedford School where there will be refreshments and a visit from Ol’ Saint Nick and much more. Photos will be available to purchase for $5 dollars. Santa will arrive at 6:00 p.m. with the Christmas Tree Lighting to follow.
When: Friday, December 6, 2013 Where: Old Bedford School & Bedford Public Library Fee: FREE (pictures with Santa $5)
Holiday Decorating Contest Nominations end December 9, 2013
If your inner Griswold decorating persona is itching for holiday decor, plan on participating in the 2nd Annual Holiday Annual Decorating Contest. The deadline for entry into the contest is December 9, 2013, with online voting taking place December 11 - December 27, 2013. This year applications for neighborhoods, individual houses and HOA organizations will be online. For more information please visit http://www.bedfordtx.gov/events/
Holiday Trash Schedule
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
• Normal Thursday trash and/or recycling
collection will shift to Friday, December 27
• Normal Friday trash and/or recycling
collection will shift to Saturday, December 28.
New Year’s Schedule
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
•Normal Thursday trash and/or recycling
collection will shift to Friday, January 3.
•Normal Friday trash and/or recycling
collection will shift to Saturday, January 4.
Christmas Tree Recycling December 26-January 10
• Tree drop-off will be located at 3200 Meadow
Park, Bedford, TX
Click here for the results of the November 5, 2013 Bond Election.
A report posted earlier did not contain the final Election Day results for all precincts. Any questions or concerns regarding this report can be directed to the City Secretary’s Office at 817.952.2104 or email@example.com.
Water and Sewer Rate Increase
Effective January 1, 2014, the City of Bedford will implement the following changes to the water and sewer rates:
•TRA pass-through rate increase on volume only
•3% increase in both water and sewer, base and volume rates
The new monthly rates for residential customers will be as follows:
Usage per 1,000 gallons
Water Pressure Improvements Coming Your Way!
Saber Development Corporation was awarded a contract in the amount of $2,269,855.25 for the Northwest Pressure Plane Project. This project will include a booster pump station, 8,430 linear feet of water line, and 24 gate valves. Work will begin in early November and will take 240 days to complete. Once complete, the resident in the 1,400 households in the northwest section of the City will enjoy an 10-15 psi increase. Please contact the Public Works Department for more information about this project at 817-952-2200.
Better It in Bedford Phone App
The City of Bedford is pleased to launch Better It In Bedford, a civic engagement tool allowing residents to stay in touch with the City. Through this easy-to-use service, residents have access to important city information, can report issues, submit service requests and can track their requests online or via their mobile phones.
The City Secretary’s Office is now accepting applications to serve on one of Bedford’s Citizen Boards and Commissions. These Boards and Commissions are comprised of citizen volunteers who have an active interest in municipal business within the City.
Membership is open to all Bedford residents who have lived in the City for at least one year immediately preceding their appointment, unless otherwise prescribed by an ordinance, bylaws or regulatory provision of that Board or Commission.
Click here for an application. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 1. Applications can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (817) 952-2103, or mailed to the attention of the City Secretary’s Office at 2000 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, Texas 76021. Further information can be found http://www.bedfordtx.gov/boards/ or by calling the City Secretary’s Office at (817) 952-2101.
Somerset Terrace Paving and Water Line Improvements (Project A) and Forest Ridge/Schumac Lane Sidewalk Improvements (Project B)
CPS Civil, LLC will begin work on September 3, 2013 on two Public Works Projects. Project A is for paving and water line improvement on Somerset Terrace from Gold Hawk Lane to Old Kirk Road on the northwest side of Stonegate Elementary. The existing 6” water line will be abandoned and a new 8” PVC water line, and three gate valves will be installed. The project also includes replacing 1,701 square yards of concrete street, 2,302 feet of sidewalk, and 499 square feet of drive approaches. Project B is for installing 846 square feet of new sidewalks, and 209 square feet of handicap ramps at the intersections of Forest Ridge and Schumac Lane on the northeast side of St. Vincent’s Episcopal School. The total cost of the work for both projects is $216,042.30. Funding is from 4B SIEDC and the Utility Repair Reserve.
During construction only one way traffic will be allowed going northbound at all times on Somerset Terrace in front of Stonegate Elementary School. Parking in the street will not be allowed on both sides of Somerset Terrace between Bedford Road and Regents Park. It is anticipated the work will be complete by October 18 and traffic patterns at the school will return to normal. Please call us for more information about this project or any Public Works improvement project at 817-952-2200.
Shady Brook Addition, Phase 2 Water System Distribution System Improvement
Woody Contractors Inc. will begin work on September 3, 2013 on a new water line within the Gardens of Bedford Apartments. The work includes abandoning the existing 42 year old cast iron water line and replacing it with 1,322 feet of new 8” PVC pipe, plus three fire hydrants and three large water valves. The total cost of the work is $125,253. Funding is from the 2012 Certificate of Obligations.
During construction traffic delays can be expected on Shady Brook Drive in front of the access points at the Gardens of Bedford Apartments. Please call us for more information about this project at 817-952-2200.
Class Proposal Form
Have a skill or hobby to share?
Want to be an Instructor for the Boys Ranch Activity Center?
Download and complete the Class Proposal form and return it completed to the Bedford Boys Ranch Activity Center and you will be contacted for an interview.
It really is that simple!
Mandatory Stage 1 Water Restrictions Are Now in Effect.
The City of Bedford under the guidance of the Tarrant Regional Water District and has implemented Stage 1 of the Drought Plan beginning on Monday, June 3, 2013. The following is in addition to the ordinance that restricts watering between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. Please be mindful that the restrictions will be strictly enforced. For more information contact the Public Works Department at 817-952-2200. Thank you for your part in water conservation!
Residential addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Residential addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) may water on Thursdays and Sundays.
All non-residential locations (apartment complexes, businesses, industries, parks, medians, etc.) may water on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Foundations may be watered up to two hours on any day using a handheld hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation system placed within 24 inches of the foundation that does not produce a spray of water above the ground.
Newly installed shrubs (first year) and trees (two years) may be watered up to two hours on any day by handheld hose, drip irrigation, a soaker hose or tree bubbler. Tree watering is limited to an area not to exceed the drip line of a tree.
Skinned areas of sports fields may be watered as needed for dust control.
For more information, please read a full list of restrictions.
MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM
The City of Bedford works closely with the Tarrant County Public Health Department in a county wide mosquito surveillance program. The participating cities set out mosquito traps for collection. Once collected the samples go to the health department’s laboratory for testing of West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis. Each week five mosquito traps are set within our city limits.
Ark Contracting Services began work on July 8, 2013 on $557,302 worth of sanitary sewer line improvements on or near Shirley Way Drive and Briar Drive along the Sulphur Branch tributary. This project will include replacing 2,234 linear feet of sewer pipe utilizing pipe bursting technologies, plus rehabilitating six existing manholes. Funding for this sewer improvement project is from a low interest loan from the Texas Water Development Board. The contract requires the work to be substantially complete in sixty calendar days, with final completion in 120 days. Construction activities will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Please call 817-952-2200 with questions about this sewer line project or any other Public Works improvements projects.
Share With Us Your
*Note: The City of Bedford would still like to use your photographs for future publications and events. If you have any great photographs of Bedford, but are not able to share them before the Heritage Photo Exposé deadline, the City still encourages you to submit them. Please email your photographs, along with your name, email, contact number and a brief summary of the photo(s) to email@example.com. If there are original photos that you would like scanned and returned please contact Rebecca Asher at 817-952-2126 to make an appointment.
New Donation Options Available
The City of Bedford is accepting donations through PayPal and donating to the City service of your choice is now easier than ever. It is not necessary to have a PayPal account, simply select one of four City services to donate:
Enter in the donation amount and then click submit; all major credit and debit cards are accepted. Your donation is appreciated and enhances the fund-raising efforts of each group.
Select here for more information and to make a donation.
Cultural District Art, music & culture are alive and well in the City of Bedford. Citizens and visitors can enjoy an art gallery, historic sites, outdoor music performances and live theater. There are a variety of classes and programs for all ages at our new Bedford Library and the Bedford Boys Ranch Activity Center. All this plus outdoor festivals and plenty of green space within a short walk from the main municipal complex.
Select here for more information on the Cultural District
Water Meter Shut Off Assistance - Avoid Fines for Breaking the Shut off Valve This is a friendly reminder that only a Bedford Public Works Employee is authorized to shut off water at the city owned water meter.
Community Powered Revitalization Program The City of Bedford has joined the cities of Euless and Hurst, and 6 Stones in the Community Powered Revitalization Program. Bedford’s mission in joining this program is to protect and promote the integrity of our neighborhoods by assisting in the repair of homes for qualified residents.
The CPR program is designed to assist those property owners who are in the greatest need of assistance and are unable to perform the necessary work themselves. Certain guidelines must be met before a property owner will be eligible for assistance through the CPR program. These include, but are not limited to, income restrictions and a minimum length of time at current residence. Additional consideration is given to homeowners who are disabled, chronically ill, elderly, or a single head of household with dependents living with them.
The next program will be held on October 18 and 19.
For many years, the City of Bedford has provided an option through the water bill to make a $0.50 donation each month in support of parks. In order to update our record keeping, we are requesting all of those customers who wish to donate $0.50 a month to fill out and return the form located below. Once we receive your form, we will add the $0.50 donation to your total bill each month and until you no longer wish to participate in the program. Please note that even if you may have donated in the past or signed up to donate in the past, your account will not reflect the donation until we receive the authorization form. Sign up for the Park Donation Fund Online.
Many Loving Pets are Looking for a Good Home
The adoptions can be made at the Bedford Animal Shelter, 1809 Reliance Parkway, Bedford, TX.
Animal Shelter hours are changing from opening at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday to opening at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
Help support the Bedford Animal Shelter with the purchase of a Bedford Shelter T-shirts for $15.00
The Bedford Animal Control Division is responsible for the care and custody of all impounded animals, responding to calls for service, quarantining of animals, investigating reports of cruelty and enforcing animal ordinance violations. This Division aggressively seeks good homes for all adoptable animals.
Buddy is a male Border Collie/Retriever Lab mix about 7 years old.
Pebbles is a female Domestic Shorthair brown tabby about 2 months old.
Connie is a female DSH Calico about 6 years old.
Shadow is a male Domestic Shorthair about 1 1/2 years old.
Bubbles is a male Domestic Shorthair about 1 1/2 years old.
Fred is a male Pug mix about 10 years old.
"MHC" Master Highway Corridor Overlay District Update
On April 23, 2013, the City Council approved this Amendment to the City of Bedford Zoning Ordinance unanimously. The Master Highway Corridor Overlay District is established to provide a set of standards applicable to future development and redevelopment within the corridor area. These standards are intended to protect and enhance the appearance of the corridor, promote the unique character of the City of Bedford, protect and enhance property values within the corridor, prevent the establishment of incompatible types of development, and coordinate the overall sense of place within this corridor.
Central Bedford is on the road to imagining a place where residents and visitors can enjoy a stroll through a unique place. Picture a center of town where you could walk to the library and afterwards walk to have lunch at an outdoor bistro. The Vision for Central Bedford will serve as an action plan to promote Bedford, guide future development decisions, and encourage economic activity with a set of short and long term strategic actions. The vision is based on extensive input from the public and a stakeholder committee consisting of the City Council, City Staff, and Local Business Leaders. Stay tuned as the City works to create a framework, which will establish this oneof a kind sense of place. To obtain more information click here.
North Tarrant Expressway: Highway Expansion Program
Lane Closure Information
Check out bedford4business.com for Lane Closure information specific to Bedford and the surrounding area.
Links Of Interest:
(Don't let construction put a dent in your plans, visit bedford4business.com for alternate routes to key cross-sections and intersections in the City.
All regularly scheduled Council meetings will air on Time Warner Cable (Channel 16 for "basic" subscribers and 15.4 for all "digital" subscribers)) and U-verse (channel 99) the Thursday & Monday following the meeting at 6:00PM. Meetings will also stream live online the day of a council meeting.
Centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Bedford is a progressive community of economic growth and quality development. Bedford offers an extensive and comprehensive benefits program for full-time employees that includes employee medical, dental, life and disability insurance coverage; employer paid retirement plan; paid leave; and tuition reimbursement. Employment with the City of Bedford will provide an exciting and fulfilling opportunity for selected candidates.
All applications and resumes are subject to public disclosure pursuant to the Public Information Act.
The City of Bedford is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disabilities or because they are disabled veterans or veterans of the Vietnam era or Gulf War.
The Bedford Connection is a quarterly magazine and recreation guide.
The B.A.C.E. Newsletter offers residents a way to stay connected via email. Signup for this service to receive an occasional email informing you of current notices and upcoming events. Please type "SUBSCRIBE" into the subject line of the email.
Find out more information about the Bedford Water Department.
Public Information Requests
Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, known as the Texas Public Information Act (the “Act”), gives the public the right to request access to governmental information. The Act is triggered when a person submits a written request to a governmental body and must ask for records or information already in existence. The Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions.
A person may ask to view the information, get copies of the information, or both. If a request is for copies of information, the governmental body may charge for the copies. If a request is only for an opportunity to inspect information, then usually the governmental body may not impose a charge on the requestor. However, under certain limited circumstances a governmental body may impose a charge for access to information. All charges imposed by a governmental body for copies or for access to information must comply with the rules prescribed by the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”), unless another statute authorizes an agency to set its own charges.
~Adapted from Public Information 2012 Handbook published by the Texas Attorney General’s Office
Requests for public information can be made by sending an email to
or by submitting a Public Information Access Form. The form may be mailed to the attention of City Secretary at 2000 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, TX 76021, hand delivered to City Hall Building A or faxed to (817) 952-2103. Please be as specific as possible as to the records you are requesting.
In an effort to provide key financial data to the citizens of Bedford, the City makes available several documents to ensure transparency for all financial transactions. The following information can be found on the Finance page under their respective tabs.
The City of Bedford has been awarded the Gold Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller Office. The program was begun in December 2009 to recognize local governments in the state that are striving to meet a high standard for financial transparency online. The Gold designation highlights those entities that are setting the bar with their transparency efforts. Further information about the program can be seen here.
Annual Budget: Also known as the Program of Services, this document outlines the spending plan for the fiscal year as approved by the City Council. This page contains the current Budget along with those from the previous two fiscal years. Hard-copies of the document can be viewed during normal business hours through the City Secretary’s office or at the Bedford Public Library.
Annual Financial Report: This report is generated at the conclusion of the independent audit following each fiscal year. It contains the financial information pertaining to the actual financial transactions that occurred during the closed fiscal year. Three years of reports are posted on this page and hard-copies are available for public viewing during normal business hours through the City Secretary’s office or at the Bedford Public Library.
Check Register: This document is a searchable list of the City’s disbursement registers. These are separated into five sections, Disbursements, Payroll checks (actual checks printed, this does not include direct deposit payments), Capital Projects payments, Manual Checks (those generated outside of the weekly vendor check run) and Purchase card transactions. For the current fiscal year, the register is posted quarterly. For completed fiscal years, the registers have been posted in their entirety.
Financial Reports: The Finance division creates a quarterly report providing a summarized view of revenues and expenditures for all funds. These reports also provide highlights on the financial status of the major funds with supporting graphs and narrative explanation.