Public Notice: The Chairman of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors has called a Special Meeting for Friday, the 21st day of December 2018 commencing at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the County Administration Building located at 122 East Main Street, Bedford, Virginia 24523.

The purpose of the meeting is to hold a closed session pursuant to Section 2.2-3711 (A)(1) as to the discussion, consideration, or interviews of prospective candidates for employment; assignment, appointment, promotion, performance, demotion, salaries, disciplining, or resignation of specific public officers, appointees, or employees of any public body; specifically, to discuss the County Administrator position; and to take action in open session, if necessary.

Meeting Cancellations: 

  • Bedford County Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 18, 2018 has been cancelled
  • Bedford County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting for Wednesday, December 26, 2018 has been cancelled
  • The three public hearings as to zoning and subdivision text amendments, originally scheduled for Mon Dec 10 will be heard at the Board's next regularly scheduled meeting which will be on Monday, Jan 14th at 7:00pm.

Bedford County Broadband Authority is requesting public comments as to its submission grant

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Public Hearing By the Broadband Authority

Legal Notice of Public Hearing

Post Date:12/03/2018 10:00 AM





Pursuant to the provisions of Section 56-575.17 of the Code of Vir­ginia of 1950, as amended, the Board of Directors of the Bedford County Broadband Authority will hold a public hearing on Monday, December 10, 2018, begin­ning at 6:30 P. M. in the Board Room located on the second floor of the County Administrator Building located at 122 East Main Street Bedford, Virginia to obtain public comment on a PPEA conceptual proposal and proposed comprehensive agreement for a system to provide fixed wireless broadband services.

The Bedford County Broadband Authority advertised for and received a solicited conceptual proposal from Blue Ridge Tower, Inc. (BRT), to enter into a public-private partnership to provide fixed wireless broadband services under the provisions of the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002 (PPEA), Virginia Code §§ 56-575.1 et seq. The PPEA is an alternative procurement method by which the Authority may solicit proposals or accept unsolicited proposals for creative and innovative public-private partnerships for solutions to issues of public infrastructure, planning, and provision of services.

This proposal calls for BRT to construct nine new wireless internet towers of approximately 195 feet in height, to be owned by the Authority, as well as connecting fiber optic cable. The estimated cost of design, engineering, and construction is approximately $2.9 million, with contingencies for unfavorable subsurface conditions. BRT would then locate fixed wireless communications equipment on the towers, as well as on two other existing facilities in the County, for reduced rates. Deployment is expected within two years. In return, it would provide wireless broadband internet to the general public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Broadband from the system should be available across more than 90% of Bedford County. The agreement also calls for a mechanism for resolving customer complaints, ensuring quality service, and regular replacement of facilities. Finally, BRT will provide management services to assist in finding and managing other persons who may wish to collocate their wireless facilities on the towers, thereby ensuring a long-term income stream for the Authority to partially offset construction costs.

Copies of the proposal and draft comprehensive agreement are available for review on the Authority’s website, are on file in the Bedford County Administrator’s Office between the hours of 8:30 A. M. and 5:00 P. M., and in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court between the hours of 8:30 A. M. and 4:30 P. M., Monday through Fri­day, for pub­lic viewing.

G. Carl Boggess

Secretary to the Broadband Authority

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