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Bedford commissioners plan sidewalk repair
, Courier Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:00 AM
City commissioners plan to repair three areas of deteriorating sidewalks in Bedford after approving the work during a meeting Monday morning.
Bedford City Commissioners approved sidewalk work to be completed by contractor Chris Bell. Bell submitted an estimate of $6,800 for the sidewalk work on Wentworth Avenue, Abbott Lane and near a used car lot at the corner of U.S. 421 and U.S. 42.
The sidewalks have crumbled over the years causing the need for repairs, Commissioner Harold Greene said.
The new sidewalks will be eight feet wide and four inches thick with plastic fibers and rebar in the concrete, Greene said.
Commissioners approved the work with a vote of 3-0. Greene abstained from the vote.
Mayor Russell Clifton said sidewalks in the city which need repairs because of work done by the Trimble County Water District would need to be paid for and fixed by the water company.
Magistrates also approved an increase in cemetery fees that will go into affect during the next fiscal year. The increased fees will be reflected in the upcoming 2014-2015 budget.
Grave lots, the opening and closing of graves and the opening and closing of vaults for cremation will increase to $600, a $100 increase from the previous year.
The cremation burial fee will increase to $300 from a $150 fee in previous years, and the disentombment fee will increase to $600 from the $300 fee in past years. The perpetual care fee will increase to $60, an increase of $10.
The increases in fees will help to offset the annual cemetery expenses, Commissioner Frank Floyd said.
Cemetery increases were unanimously approved during the meeting.
In other business:
The second reading and approval of the 2014-2015 budget was tabled until a special meeting at a later date.
Bedford City Hall will be closed July 3 and 4 for the Independence Day holiday.
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