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Upcoming Events & Notices

Pokémon Go Event at the Boys Ranch Park
When:
Saturday, July 30 beginning at 7:30p.m.
Where: Boys Ranch Park, Large Pavilion 

The City is being taken over by Poké-fever!

Join us for a Pokémon Go Event at the Boys Ranch Park Large Pavilion on Saturday, July 30 beginning at 7:30p.m. The event is free and pet friendly so be sure to bring your leashed 4-legged family member to join in on the fun.

There will be food/drinks offered (while supplies last) and 'Pokémon: The First' movie will be shown at the Pavilion. There will also be a Poké-walk around the park and Pokémon related vendors with unique items for purchase!!

Charging stations (bring your own charging cord) will be available.

Fans are encouraged to dress up and cosplay. Load up on your Pokéballs and be ready when the Pokémon come out of hiding!*

For additional information visit: www.facebook.com/events/1328061480555418/

*Not affiliated or endorsed by Niantic, Nintendo or The Pokémon Company

Half Day Drama Camp at Old Bedford School
When:
Monday, August 1, 2016-Friday, August 5, 2016 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m
Where: Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane
Ages: 6 - 12 years
Cost: $115 per child

Learn the fundamentals of theatrical performance from Rover Dramawerks, including creating a character, vocal performance, movement, improvisation and more. (Campers must have the ability to read, in order to learn simple lines.)

This camp provides a solid introduction to theater and also challenges experienced actors. Each class member performs in a short play that is rehearsed during the week and presented to family and friends at the end of the final class. Students may need to provide their own simple costume for the play.

Preregistration is required.

For more information or to register visit www.oldbedfordschool.com or call 817-952-2290.

An Evening with Danny Wright
When:
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Where: Old Bedford School, 2400 School Ln., Bedford, TX 76021

Concert will begin at 8:00 p.m., preceded by a wine and hors d'oeurves reception at 7:30 p.m.

We invite you to join us for a night of music with Danny Wright, a world-renowned pianist and composer, often called “The Healer of Hearts” in reference to his emotive, heart-based music that uplifts people every day. Danny is a Texas-born artist who attributes all of his talent to the good grace of God. With music that is embraced across all genres and borders nineteen of his albums remain steady on Amazon’s Top 100 Hot Sellers in the Adult Contemporary category. He was thrice named by Billboard Magazine as a Top 10 artist in the New Age genre and he has been nominated by the National Association of Record Merchandisers as the Best Seller in the New Age category twice.

Cost: $35 per person

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Are You Prepared? Community Emergency Response Team

The Bedford Citizen Corps Council (BCCC) will be sponsoring a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training class starting in September. The CERT program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site.

CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community. As an example, Bedford CERT members have assisted first responders after major storms and in attempting to locate missing elderly persons. In addition, Bedford (and Hurst) CERT members provided damage assessment services after the tornados in Rowlett in December of last year.

The CERT course is taught in Bedford by a trained team of first responders and experienced volunteers who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI). CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations and light search and rescue operations.

This Fall’s program will be held at the Bedford Law Enforcement Center (LEC) and will run weekly on Monday evenings (6:30 – 9:30 PM) from September 12 through November 14. The training is open to anyone 18 years of older. There is not a charge for the training.

If you are interested or would like additional information, please go to the following link: (CERT) Training - or contact Officer Butch Lindsey at butch.lindsey@bedfordtx.gov or Frank Knox at fsknox@sbcglobal.net (BCCC President).

Applications Are Being Accepted for the Bedford Citizens Boards and Commissions

The City Secretary’s Office is currently accepting applications to serve on Bedford’s Citizen Boards and Commissions, which are comprised of citizen volunteers who have an active interest in participating in the municipal business of the City of Bedford.

For more information on each Board and Commission, as well as to download an application, please click here.

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 9, 2016.

Applications can be submitted in person at City Hall, by email to michael.wells@bedfordtx.gov or by fax to 817.952.2103. They may also be mailed to the attention of the City Secretary’s Office at 2000 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, Texas 76021.

If you have any questions, please call the City Secretary’s Office at 817.952.2104.

All Things Mosquito Related In The City of Bedford

For information on Bedford’s Mosquito Control Program, how to prevent mosquitos in your backyard and positive samples found in the City, please click here.

New Ordinance Implemented to Help Protect Wildlife

The City of Bedford has passed an ordinance that prohibits the feeding of wildlife. The enforcement of this ordinance is effective immediately.

The new no feeding of wildlife ordinance amending Section 86-3 of the Code of Ordinances states:

(3) Wildlife.

     b. The supplemental feeding of wildlife leads to overcrowding and increases the susceptibility for wildlife to contract life threatening diseases.
     The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife discourages supplemental feeding of wildlife in public and private places. The purpose of this section
     is to control the feeding of wildlife in order to protect the public health, public property, and wildlife.

          1. No person shall engage in the feeding of any wildlife within any park within the city or within any public property.

This ordinance can be viewed in its entirety: HERE

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:

  • Parks
  • Animal Shelter
  • Dog Park
  • Public Library

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

Animal Control Shelter

Many Loving Pets are Looking for a Good Home

The adoptions can be made at the Bedford Animal Shelter, 1809 Reliance Parkway, Bedford, TX.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sunday
Closed.

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.

Bedford Animal Shelter

Pets available for adoption - PetFinder

Pets available for adoption - PetTango

Donation options for the Animal Control Shelter

Pet Spotlight

"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.

Highway Corridor Proposal Map

Bedford Commons

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 one of a kind sense of place.
Adopted June 23, 2015

Bedford Commons Code


To obtain more information about the Vision, click here

To view the presentation from the October 14, 2014 public meeting click on the link below.

Bedford Commons Public Meeting Presentation 10/14/2014

PRESS RELEASES


To view previous Press Releases please go to: http://www.bedfordtx.gov/pressreleases/

Bedford 4thFest, Back at the New and Improved Boys Ranch Park
June, 15, 2016

The City of Bedford will hold the annual 4thFest Independence Day Celebration at the Boys Ranch Park on Monday, July 4. The event will be packed with fun activities and a Fireworks Extravaganza that is sure to impress.

Festivities begin at noon at the Splash Aquatics Center. Admission for Splash is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids under 18, and free to children two years and younger.

The 4thFest celebrations will kick-off at 3:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting celebration for the completion of Phase One Park improvements and an inaugural performance by “Twiggy“ the Water Skiing Squirrel. At 4:00p.m. enjoy the InflataFun Area (ticket purchase required), a free Children´s Pavilion Area, live music featuring Rodney Bowens and Live 80, a Classic Car Show and finally a salute to our soldiers. The firework show at 10:00p.m. will conclude the event.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.bedfordtx.gov.

Admission to 4thFest is free, and lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. Access to Boys Ranch Park will be RESTRICTED the evening of July 3 and all day July 4. In order to accommodate heavy pedestrian traffic, Forest Ridge Drive will be CLOSED from Harwood Road to Shady Lane from 4:00 p.m. until midnight on July 4.

Limited parking is available on-site for $20 via the Boys Ranch Park entrance on EB Harwood Rd. and $15 at the Bedford Public library and the Old Bedford School. It is a short walk to the event. There will NOT be a shuttle to the event this year, available parking areas will need to be utilized.

For information about the event or a complete schedule of activities, please visit www.bedfordtx.gov or call the Boys Ranch Activity Center at 817-952-2323.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Bedford Community Emergency Response Team sponsors a joint incident exercise
with Euless, Hurst, Keller and Saginaw.

June, 6, 2016

The Bedford Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is sponsoring a joint CERT exercise at Pennington Field on Saturday, June 11 beginning at 8:30a.m. CERT groups from Euless, Hurst, Keller and Saginaw will be participating along with Bedford and a total of over 60 volunteers are expected.

The purpose of the exercise is to ensure that CERT members are better prepared to assist local Police and Fire Departments during major incidents when normal resources are overwhelmed.

The exercise will include search, triage, documentation, communications and incident command components.

The CERT program is a FEMA sponsored program intended to ensure citizens are prepared to take care of themselves, their neighbors and their community during disasters in which first responders are not immediately available.

CERT members are trained in basic first aid, fire safety, light search and rescues and team participation.

As an example of the value of CERT teams, over 250 CERT trained volunteers from almost two dozen CERT groups responded to Rowlett after the December 26 tornadoes and assisted in damage assessment and other related activities.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Bedford's Amended City Ordinance on Peddlers and Solicitors
May 12, 2016

The Bedford City Council has approved an ordinance amending Chapter 90 “Peddlers and Solicitors” of the Bedford Code of Ordinances. 

This amendment allows for deleting sections 90-1 through 90-39 and adding new sections 90-1 through 90-28.  It also allows the deletion of Chapter 6 “Advertising”, Article II “Distribution of Handbills”; providing for purpose, definitions, regulation/restrictions for commercial and home solicitation and distribution of handbills.

Historically, both handbill distributors and solicitors have been required to obtain a permit through the Bedford Police Department.  However, the ordinances under which they were permitted and operated were separate.

Bringing the two ordinances together, under one chapter, allows for a more efficient process when accessing the information and also provides the opportunity to further implement clear expectations for solicitors and handbill distributors. 

Thus ensuring the safety of the community, all the while maintaining an environment that welcomes merchants and businesses to both advertise and sell their wares.

Notable changes are as follows:

  • Section 90-5: Do Not Solicit List – creation and distribution of a list by the Bedford Police Department containing the addresses of residential property in which the owner/occupant has elected not to permit soliciting on their property. This list will be provided to all permitted solicitors, as well as any requesting member of the public, and will be available via the City’s website.
  • Section 90-10: Vest Requirement – requires permitted solicitors to wear a traffic safety vest making them visible to motorists and to easily identify them as being registered with the City.
  • Section 90-11: Time Restrictions – revises the daily time frame during which soliciting is permitted, and also includes a provision that prohibits soliciting from occurring on Sundays and certain holidays. (No Person may conduct commercial home Solicitations or Handbill distributions before the hour of 9:00 A.M.; or After 8:00 P.M.; or Sunday; or Any of the following holidays:  New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King’s Birthday; Washington’s Birthday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Veterans Day; Thanksgiving Day; the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Bedford Citizen Observation Program: BCOP
May 12, 2016

The Bedford Police Department is looking for homeowners and businesses in the City of Bedford who have security camera systems and would be willing to participate in a new program designed to assist officers in solving crimes.

The Bedford Citizen Observation Program (BCOP) is a voluntary registry that officers can quickly access in order to make contact with members that may have captured video of a crime that occurred in the area. 

Video plays a very important role in helping police identify the crime/criminal. Residents who take part in this program demonstrate their willingness to take ownership in the crime fighting process, all to help make Bedford a safer place to live.

Registration forms may be found online at www.bedfordpolice.com or at the Bedford Police Department.

All completed forms should be dropped off or mailed to:

Bedford Police Department
Attn: Community Services
2121 L. Don Dodson Dr.
Bedford, TX 76021

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


The City of Bedford's Safe Return Program
May 12, 2016

The Bedford Police Department’s Safe Return Program is a voluntary service open to anyone with a family member residing in Bedford with dementia, Alzheimer’s or a developmental disorder diagnosis. 

All the information provided will assist officers with locating a family member if they become lost or go missing.  This will also aid in the process of meeting state requirements when requesting a Silver Alert or Endangered Missing Person.

Registration forms may be found online at www.bedfordpolice.com or at the Bedford Police Department.

All completed forms should be dropped off or mailed to:

Bedford Police Department
Attn: Community Services
2121 L. Don Dodson Dr.
Bedford, TX 76021

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Utilities

Pay Water Bill Online

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Water Department

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Bedford Alert

The City of Bedford has launched Bedford Alert, a mass communication and emergency preparedness system. The City implemented Bedford Alert for city officials to stay connected with residents and efficiently provide them with information. In the event of a tornado warning, a water main break, a police incident or any other information in the area, officials can send voice, text, email or TTY/DD messages directly to residents and businesses in just minutes.

“This is a free service available to our residents allowing us to provide immediate information related to emergencies and other issues that are of a public concern,” said Roger Gibson, Bedford City Manager.  “It may be a missing child, a tornado warning, an unforeseen interruption of services in a particular area, or some other event where real-time information is critical.  We encourage Bedford residents and businesses to utilize this service by registering their message preferences in the Bedford Alert database.”

Publicly available primary residential and business phones in Bedford will automatically be included in the system. However, to ensure the City has the most up-to-date contact information, including cell phone numbers and email addresses, residents should visit https://bedfordalert.bbcportal.com/ to sign up. Users should provide complete information and indicate their preference for being contacted, language and message topics. Those residents without internet access are encouraged to visit the Bedford Public Library for free internet and computer access.

Council Meetings

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.

Watch past council meetings online at bedfordtx.gov/tv

Read past and present council meeting agendas

Employment

Online Job Application

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.

Current jobs available

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.

***For any police and/or code compliance open records requests, please email pd.records@bedfordtx.gov, or for further assistance contact the Bedford Police Records Division at 817-952-2425.***

Attorney General’s Web page on Open Government
SIGN ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
July 11, 2016

In order to promote an aesthetically pleasing, safe and functional community, the City adopted a uniform set of regulations related to signs. Signs are considered accessory structures which are regulated in Section 6-66 through 6-74 of the Sign Ordinance. As a business in Bedford, you are permitted certain specific types of sign displays while others are prohibited. The purpose of this ordinance is to protect property values, as well as provide a neat, clean, orderly and attractive appearance of the community. This ordinance has been revised to reduce sign clutter and to minimize adverse visual safety factors to travelers on areas open to public travel. To achieve this purpose, it is necessary to regulate the design, quality of materials, construction, location, illumination, and maintenance of signs that are visible from public property, public rights-of-way and private areas open to public travel. Revisions to the Sign Ordinance include the following:
  • Electronic Message Centers – Section 6-70 (a)
  • Display Of Feather/Swooper Flags and Balloons for Grand Openings –Section 6-72
  • Area Coverage Of Window Signs – Section 6-70 (h)
  • Luminous Lighting in Storefront Windows – Section 6-70 (h)
  • Prohibited Signs – Section 6-74
  • Existing Building For Sale / Lease Signs – Section 6-70 (i)
Ordinance No. 16-3167 provides additional information, including updated definitions and detailed sections, to accomplish these changes. The items listed above are further explained on the enclosed document. This ordinance can be viewed in its entirety: HERE

Conformance timeline for existing and temporary signs is no later than September 1, 2016.

  • Significant Changes in Sign Ordinance
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    NO FEEDING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
    July 11, 2016

    The new no feeding of wildlife ordinance amending Section 86-3 of the Code of Ordinances states:

    (3) Wildlife.

         b. The supplemental feeding of wildlife leads to overcrowding and increases the susceptibility for wildlife to contract life threatening diseases.
         The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife discourages supplemental feeding of wildlife in public and private places. The purpose of this section
         is to control the feeding of wildlife in order to protect the public health, public property, and wildlife.

              1. No person shall engage in the feeding of any wildlife within any park within the city or within any public property.

    This ordinance can be viewed in its entirety: HERE

    The no feeding ordinance is currently in effect and being enforced.

     

     

     


    Watering Schedule

    Water Restrictions

    City of Bedford is currently NOT under any additional water restrictions, however, we do still limit watering between the hours of 10:00a.m. and 6:00p.m. each day. Please call our Public Work´s main number at 817-952-2200 with questions or report residents watering during peak hours using our Better It In Bedford app.

    Financial Transparency

    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 Platinum Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller Office.  The program began in December 2009 to recognize local governments in the state that are striving to meet a high standard for financial transparency online.  The new Platinum designation highlights those entities that go above and beyond providing financial transparency.  The City of Bedford received the Gold designation (highest at that time) in 2013.  Further information about transparency in government can be viewed on the Comptroller’s website www.texastransparency.org.

    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.

    Debt Information: Information is provided on the City’s current outstanding debt, including current debt obligations, descriptions, dates issued, total amounts and maturity dates.

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