Bedford officials eye finances

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By Hilda Parrish

Bedford City Commission will wait until their certificate of deposit matures on Dec. 7, 2012 to cash it in. According to Mayor Russell Clifton the city can avoid paying a penalty for early withdrawal and will add much needed funds to the city’s coffer. There will be little money deposited to the city’s accounts until 2013 and they need the extra to keep afloat.

Commissioner Darrell Harmon made the motion to let the CD with a balance of $104,909.00 mature, cash it in and put half to the city’s general fund and invest the remaining half back into a CD. Commissioner Harold Greene seconded the motion with remaining commissioners agreeing.

Mayor Clifton made note of a letter he had received from a young male that had decorated part of the Community Center with graffiti. He had admitted to the act and cleaned it. He then followed with a letter of apology stating he “would not do it again and if he saw anyone else, he would report them.”

Todd Pollock said there had been some loitering and vandalizing at the Community Center/City Hall. He had checked with several companies and found one were the city could buy signs at $17.25 each if purchased in lots of five. The signs would be 12 x 18 inches and would state that the building was under camera surveillance. He made motion to order signs with Frank Floyd seconding and the motion carried to buy signs.

Other business was the Community Thanksgiving Dinner for Tuesday night, Nov. 20 and that all was ready for the event.

Light Up Bedford is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7. Signature HealthCare has begun putting up cutouts and stringing lights.

The Bedford City Commissioners and Mayor will be on hand at the Morgan Community Center to serve refreshments starting at 6 p.m.

The mayor, commissioners and city attorney Genon Hensley went into executive session to discuss hiring of personnel and sewer billing.

After the session was closed and city meeting re-opened Todd Pollock made a motion to contact the water company to discuss the way sewer service is billed. Harold Harmon seconded and motion was approved.

The next meeting of Bedford City Commission is Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Morgan Community Center.