"Havana NRG" (timba-influenced salsa music) will be playing at Twilight Thursday THIS Thursday, May 5 at 7p.m. When: Thursday, May 5 beginning at 7pm
Where: Lawn of the Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane
Weather Permitting, Havana NRG will be playing on the lawn of the Old Bedford School Thursday, May 5 from 7-8:30pm.
This FREE family event will have a food truck from V.I.P. (Very Individual) Pizza and tailgating and leashed pets are allowed, however alcoholic beverages are NOT.
Havana NRG, which stands for “New Rhythm Generation,” is a youthful Texas group that offers up a hot program of timba-influenced salsa to prove that Havana-inspired tropical dance sounds are alive in the Lone Star state. (Timba music is a Cuban genre of music based on popular Cuban music along with salsa, American funk/R&B, and the strong influence of Afro-Cuban folkloric.) For more information on the band visit: www.havananrglive.com/
So bring your blankets, lawn chairs, friends and family to the Old Bedford School to enjoy the music of Havana NRG!
RSVP Now for the May 12 Bedford Business Roundtable When: Thursday, May 12, 2016 7:30a.m. - 9:00a.m.
Where: Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane
Come and join local business leaders and owners during the City of Bedford Business Roundtable at the Old Bedford School on May 12, 2016.
Enjoy an On the Border breakfast which begins at 7:30 a.m. The meeting time will run from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. with a 30 minute optional question and answer session to follow. Meet and network with some of your local business professionals and hear from City Officials about what's happening in your city.
You will hear from Mayor Jim Griffin and his staff on topics such as the economic outlook, infrastructure plans, street repairs and future projects, all to make Bedford great!
This meeting is sponsored by the Bedford Community Affairs Commission.
Boys Ranch Park Construction Update
Phase I of the Boys Ranch Park Construction is almost completed. Currently the lake does not have fish, however the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will come out in May to stock it with forage fish.
3 stone-like ramps have been placed around the lake so turtles and ducks can get in and out of the water.
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
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.
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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.
"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 one of a kind sense of place. Adopted June 23, 2015
The City of Bedford holds its fourth annual ArtsFest on Saturday, April 2
March 28, 2016
In collaboration with the Bedford Cultural Commission, the City of Bedford will hold ArtsFest on Saturday, April 2 from 10:00a.m. to 8p.m at the Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Dr.
This family friendly festival will promote and celebrate the arts in Bedford and will feature artists, musicians and performers who contribute to the dynamic heritage of the North Texas region. Enjoy an assortment of food vendors, musical entertainers and art of all shapes and sizes at the historic Boys Ranch Park. In years past, the City has seen a tremendous outpouring of residents and guests supporting this endeavor and we hope to continue with the tradition.
The fourth annual Bedford ArtsFest is a single-day event that adds vibrancy to mid-cities by creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to celebrate the arts of North Texas.
For more information, please call Natalie Foster,Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126
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.
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.
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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.
***For any police and/or code compliance open records requests, please email email@example.com, or for further assistance contact the Bedford Police Records Division at 817-952-2425.***
UPDATE 01/07/16 Boys Ranch Lake receives fish habitat
Improvements continue at the Boys Ranch Lake with the placement of the new fish habitats on the bottom of the Lake. These habitats were built by the Bedford Parks Department, on the recommended designs of the Parks and Wildlife Department, to help improve the fishing at the Boys Ranch Lake.
Most of the structures are made with PVC pipe that will be weighed down by concrete blocks or buried in the lake bed, as well as, concrete rubble piles for fish to congregate around. Several gravel fish beds have been built and placed in the lake to serve as a safe place to lay eggs.
Barring any rain delays, the channels will be opened within the month to let the lake fill up.
UPDATE 12/18/15 Boys Ranch Park playground now open!!
The children’s playground at the Boys Ranch Park is now OPEN, so come on out and see all the new equipment for the kids!
Additional improvements at the Boys Ranch Lake continue and, construction crews have begun building the piers and concrete border and ledge surrounding the Lake.
They are currently working with the Parks and Wildlife Department to build and install a fish habitat in the lake, as well as, working on completing the pavilion structures.
Sidewalks continue to be placed throughout the park and crews are wrapping up the digging of the trenches along the sidewalks, which will be used for the lighting structures.
Barring any weather delays, the projected completion date for the grand opening of the Boys Ranch Park will be the beginning of February 2016.
UPDATE 08/31/15 Wildlife at the Lake
On 08/28/15, the City’s Parks and Recreation along with Animal Control began a series of pumping the remaining water out of the lake that surrounds the main drain along the south end of the lake. This process continues to be performed in order to expedite the relocation of the turtles and ducks to a safer location. As the water is being pumped out, staff has remained on hand to capture the turtles. Staff was able to relocate 31 turtles on Friday, 10 over the weekend, and 20 on Monday. The turtles were moved to the water channels along the north side of the park or to other parks throughout the City. Two alligator snapping turtles that were larger in scale were relocated to Lake Grapevine. Staff will continue with these efforts throughout this week and until all the turtles have been relocated.
Watering containers are currently placed all along the south side of the lake for use by the wildlife. Staff has slowly begun moving the containers around the perimeter and towards the north of the lake. The hope is that the waterfowl will follow the water sources away from the areas where construction is occurring.
The City will continue to provide the public with updates as the construction progresses.
UPDATE 08/28/15 Island
As of Friday, August 28, 2015, the removal of the island has commenced. Keeping the island was never part of the Parks Master Plan. Renditions and discussions regarding the removal of the island date back as far as 2009. This project was discussed at multiple City Council meetings, along with a Town Hall meeting. Additionally, the island is a detriment to the water circulation in the lake – which is important. The island contributes to the trapping of sediment in that area of the lake – which is also not healthy for the lake or the wildlife. The island also collects trash and animal waste. Engineers were consulted on this project and advised that the removal of the island was in the best long term interests of the health of the lake and the wildlife.
Wildlife at the Lake
With the removal of the island commencing, the City’s Parks Department along with Animal Control will begin to pump the remaining water out of the lake that surrounds the main drain along the south end of the lake. This process is being performed in order to expedite the relocation of the turtles and ducks to a safer location. As the water is being pumped out, staff will be on hand to capture the turtles and move them to the water channels along the north side of the park.
Watering containers are currently placed all along the south side of the lake for use by the wildlife. Staff will begin slowly moving the containers around the perimeter and towards the north of the lake. The hope is that the waterfowl will follow the water sources away from the areas where construction is occurring.
The City will continue to provide the public with updates as the construction progresses.
The following provides information regarding the draining and dredging of the Boys Ranch Lake and the wildlife preservation efforts during this process.
Wildlife at the Lake
Prior to the draining of the lake, the City of Bedford worked directly under the supervision of the Texas Parks & Wildlife to remove and relocate as many fish as possible within the Boys Ranch Lake to Lake Worth. This process took place on Tuesday, August 18. Since that time, staff have gone above and beyond meeting the requirements of the Texas Parks & Wildlife by continuing to extract and relocate remaining fish and turtles. These efforts have occurred daily since last Tuesday, which includes daily inspections of the lake and wildlife – and the relocation of fish and turtles as the lake continues to drain. In addition, the contractors hired for the Phase 1 park renovations are also working diligently to help in the preservation of the existing wildlife.
As the lake continues to dry, staff will make every effort to relocate the remaining turtles to the surrounding water channels within the park. The contractors have left water inside those channels specifically for the ducks and turtles. Staff has advised us that during their daily inspections, they have witnessed multiple turtles finding their way to these channels. Our intent is to continue assisting the wildlife into a new habitat.
The City has made every effort to try and preserve the wildlife at the Boys Ranch lake by not only consulting with the experts at the Texas Parks and Wildlife, but also going above and beyond their mandatory requirements. We will continue to put forth those extra efforts with the remaining wildlife. (Please note: the City cannot relocate the ducks. Due to an on-going "duck virus," the City is restricted from physically interceding on behalf of the waterfowl. These guidelines have been in place for several years.)
Odor at the Lake
Currently, there is an odor associated with the draining of the lake. The odor is stemming from the large volume of silt that lined the bottom of the lake. The lake has not been dredged in approximately 31 years. As the lake continues to dry, the odor will become less noticeable. Once the lake is dredged, the odor will be completely eliminated. Dredging of the lake is a necessary process in order to maintain a healthy habitat for the wildlife.
Island at the Lake
The removal of the island has always been part of the Parks Master Plan. Renditions and discussions regarding the removal of the island date back as far as 2009. This project was discussed at multiple City Council meetings, along with a Town Hall meeting. Additionally, information including artist renditions and a Phase 1 timeline have been posted on the City’s website for the past couple of years. To our knowledge, every rendition has clearly shown the reconstructed lake without the island. You may access this information at http://www.bedfordtx.gov/phase1/.
The City of Bedford is excited about the improvements to the Park and lake and the enhanced quality of life it will provide to our residents and the wildlife. The Phase 1 project is projected to be completed in November of this year.
Boys Ranch Lake Fish Relocated
On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, Bedford Parks personnel worked in conjunction with the Texas Parks and Wildlife (TP&W) to relocate the fish within the Bedford Boys Ranch. An extensive effort was made to capture and relocate as many of the lake fish as possible. TP&W supervised the project and all relocation efforts were in accordance with TP&W guidelines and approval.
In any project such as this, it is impossible to successfully capture every fish. The lake draining and dredging are proceeding. TP&W has provided a telephone number should any lake visitors have any questions or concerns regarding this project. TP&W contact numbers:
Texas Park and Wildlife Department
Texas Park and Wildlife Department KAST
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.