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Quick Links to topics that have shown the most interest:

Application for new Communication/Cable Advisory Committee

2016 Bedford Township Candidate Web Pages

Information concerning Bedford Schools being named in transgender discrimination probe.
Information concerning Buckeye Cable
BBA video called "Bedford Great"
Bedford Township Agendas, Minutes and Videos Page
Bedford High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame
In Remembrance Of Those Bedford High Alumni, Faculty & Administrators Who Have Passed Away

 

 Information on this web site was last up-dated on May 24, 2016.  Click on this link to see what information has been up-dated. 

Bedford Advocates Home Page

 

Click here to view the "Bedford Yes Facebook Page"

 

 

 

The Bedford Advocates web site "Bedford Yes" was created to be used as a clearinghouse for information on a variety of topics that affect Bedford Township residents.”  The mission statement is “To promote Bedford Township Michigan as a great community to live, play, work, learn, shop and own a business. "Bedford Yes" also acts as a venue to keep residents informed concerning Bedford Township Government, Bedford Public Schools, Bedford High School Alumni Association, Bedford Township Non-profit groups and other items of interest to the residents of Bedford Township.  

If you see any information on the Bedford Yes web site that is not accurate please contact web master and he will be happy to remove it or make any necessary changes to the information. If you have questions concerning information posted on the web site or would like to submit information for the web site (All info must be documented.):

Contact Info:

If you have questions concerning information posted on the web site or would like to submit information for the web site (All info must be documented.):

Click here to E-Mail the Bedford Yes Webmaster (Gene Stock)

If you have other questions:

Click here to E-Mail your questions, suggestions or to submit information for the web site

 

Quick Links: Special Announcements

Special Announcements:

May 2016

 

 

 

 

Click here to download a copy of an application to serve on the newly established "Communications/Cable Advisory Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2016

 

 

Click on the graphic to the left to view a printable copy concerning who is running for office in Bedford Township

 

Click here for more election information for 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Erie Request for Millage to be placed on the August 2, 2016 Primary Ballot

 

Click here to view request by Lake Erie Transit (4 pages) to have the millage request placed on the August 2, 2016 Primary Ballot. This is a renewal of the current millage which ends December 31, 2016. The request is for .2462 mills and if approved by voters in August it was raise $246,500 per year for the bus service.

Please note: On March 8, 2016 a requested millage by LET was defeated by 1035 votes (No 4,434 - Yes 3399). Click here for complete information concerning Lake Erie Transit.

What happens if the Bedford Township Board fails to place the millage renewal on the August 2, 2016 ballot?

I’m responding to your inquiry regarding Lake Erie Transit service to Bedford Township if the millage renewal is not placed on the Aug. 2, 2016, ballot.

While LET receives state and federal funding assistance, those funding sources do not cover all their expenses. Every transit agency must provide local funding in order to leverage the state and federal dollars. LET cannot provide service without some local funding, and it can adjust its service area to focus on communities that provide local support. Some transit agencies receive millage money to meet their local share, others receive an appropriation from their governing body’s general fund (or a combination thereof). If the township board chooses not to include the millage renewal on the ballot – or if it is included and fails – LET plans to end service in Bedford on Nov. 30, 2016, (the date the Bedford funding is expected to be exhausted) unless the township contributes the necessary local share from its general fund. If the renewal passes, service will continue at its current level, with quarterly adjustments as needed to ensure LET is operating within its budget. I hope this answers your question. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Janet Geissler Unit Supervisor, Transportation Services Section
MDOT Office of Passenger Transportation
Phone: (517) 373-7134


Bedford Township Board Budget Workshop Meeting Schedule for FY July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

 

 

Click here to view the schedule for the Budget Workshops Meetings for the FY July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.

 

 

Summary of the Bedford Township Budget Meeting held on April 14, 2016.

Officials in attendance: Nancy Tienvieri, David Manning, Paul Francis, Greg Stewart, Trudy Hershberger, Larry O’Dell and Rick Steiner.

1. The Bedford Township Finance Committee brought a recommended Budget for FY 2017 to the full Board.
(Finance Committee: David Manning, Paul Francis, Greg Stewart and Trudy Hershberger)

2. Finance Director David Manning and Township Treasurer Paul Francis presented the revenue stream for the General Fund Budget.

3. Discussion of the “Other Funds Budgets”. “Other Funds” are all funds besides the General Fund that have or have had in the past as sources of revenue in addition to the General Fund. These funds include: Fire Millage, Police Millage, and Library Millage and Lake Erie Transit Millage.

4. During discussion of the Other Funds Paul Francis passed out info on the limited funds left in those accounts and when the millages associated with those funds will expire.

5. Paul Francis noted the need for new millages and in some cases additional millages to cover future costs in those areas. Millages discussed were Fire, Police, Library and Lake Erie Transit.

Please note: The next Budget Workshop - Committee of the Whole meeting will take place on Tuesday April 26 7:00 at the Bedford Township Government Center in the Board Room.
All meetings are broadcast live on Buckeye Cable channel 7 or 11.

 

 

 

Bedford Schools Named in Transgender Discrimination Probe

M-Live April 7, 2016 Michigan school district under investigation for discrimination against transgender students

Monroe News April 7, 2016 Bedford Schools under investigation for possible discrimination. Bedford Public Schools is under federal investigation for the possible discrimination of transgender students.

13abc Toledo, April 8, 2016: Bedford Schools named in transgender discrimination probe

Toledo Blade April 8, 2016: Bedford Schools under U.S. investigation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on graphic to the left to read the press release concerning the special event scheduled honoring Vietnam Era Veterans in Bedford Township on April 11, 2016.

 

The following additional information was supplied by Corey Welch, Constituent Relations Director for State Senator Dale Zorn.

The general public is welcome to attend the event on April 11, 2016.

If there is any Vietnam Era Veteran that cannot attend the event, they can come to Lansing and have a separate ceremony. I can also get them a lapel pin and drop it off at their home. If they are out of state, we can work something out to make sure they get a pin. I will need their name, branch of service, and a phone number. They can call me at 517-373-5356 or email at cwelch@senate.michigan.gov. Either way, I will make sure they are taken care of.

If someone has a deceased Vietnam Era Veteran they can send me their name, military service information, and a bio and I will make sure they are honored at the ceremony.

 





March 2016

 

 

Click on the graphic to the left to read the article that appeared in the Monroe News concerning a new Political Action Committee (PAC) in Bedford Township.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


With regret, the Executive Board of the Bedford High School Alumni Association has accepted the resignations of Gene Stock, Edd Bankowski, & Jennifer Harpel. We would like to commend each of these individuals for stepping up back in August of last year to dedicate themselves to the cause of revitalizing the Bedford High School Alumni Association. Since August, the Alumni Association has accomplished much, and this is a direct result of the efforts of Gene, Edd, & Jennifer.

Edd was instrumental in planning the most successful Hall of Fame event the Alumni Association has ever hosted and has helped the Hall of Fame regain momentum moving forward and his successor will have a tough act to follow.

Jennifer was instrumental in the revitalization of the Alumni Association and through her guidance and influence, 2016 will prove to be a great year.

Gene has been actively involved with the Alumni Association since its inception in 1996 and his passion, guidance, and advice have led to countless accomplishments over the years. Gene successfully planned and spearheaded many successful fundraisers, was an original Co-Chair of the Stadium Committee and has been actively involved in every facet of the organization for many years.

The remaining Executive Board wishes to thank those who have decided to move on the very best in their future endeavors and look forward to their continued contributions to the Alumni Association as committee members and members at-large.The remaining Executive Board members are actively seeking those who might wish to fill the vacant positions on our Board. Our goals for 2016 include kicking off a capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of permanent restroom and team meeting room facilities inside the Bedford Community Stadium, organizing class reunion information and becoming a clearinghouse for class reunions to gather and share information, working with other organizations within the Mule Nation to further their causes, and putting together an updated class directory. In addition, we are actively looking for individuals who may be interested in serving on our Alumni Relations, Hall of Fame, Fundraising, & Stadium committees as well as a committee to review and revise the Alumni Association Constitution & By-Laws.

Those interested should contact alumni@mybedford.us or one of the existing Board Members:

President – Michelle “Mickey” (Reed) Rudolph (Class of 1992): majestikbutterfly@gmail.com or (567) 277-6796

Secretary – Dustin Cress (Class of 2001): cress112@live.com or (419) 340-6195

Treasurer – Lisa (Beins) McCaig (Class of 1988): lisa.mccaig@mybedford.us or (419) 297-1100

The Executive Board would love your input and feedback and we would invite you to attend one of our upcoming meetings or to contact us at alumni@mybedford.us with any questions, comments, or concerns. We are very excited about what 2016 has in store and we hope that now, more than ever, you’ll decide to join us! GO MULES!

 

 

 

 

Click on the graphic to the left to view the video of the Hall of Fame Banquet February 20, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to read the article that appeared in the Toledo Blade on March 14, 2016

Click here to watch the video of the last 2 Bedford Township Board Meetings (February 16th and March st) to get an idea of what the Supervisor is talking about in his article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to read the Spring 2016 Bedford Township Newsletter

Click here to watch the video of the last 2 Bedford Township Board Meetings (February 16th and March st) to get an idea of what the Supervisor is talking about in his article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Erie Transit Millage Request

Click here to view the complete election resuts from the Monroe County Clerk's Office
for the March 8,2016 Presidential Primary.

Media Coverage:

Bedford Now March 9, 2016: Bedford bus levy defeated in March 8 election

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shown at the left is a very nice photo on the front page of this week's Bedford Press concerning the scale model of a porta-john that we are using as a donation container for Phase 3 of the Bedford Community Stadium Project. Special thanks go out to local Bedford Township resident, Mike Jacobs, for donating his labor to construct this model and to The Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility (CFFR) for donating the cost of the materials. It is currently on display at the Bedford Branch Library ............please stop by and check it out. Click here for more information concerning what is involved in Phase 3 of the project.

 

Click here to read a copy of the March 8, 2016 issue of the Bedford Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to read the Spring 2016 Bedford Township Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

February 2016

 

Click on the graphic to the left to view a copy of the March 8 2016 Presidential Primary Ballot
which also contains the ballot language for the LET (Lake Erie Transit) millage.

 

Click here for more information concerning the millage request by Bedford Township for Bus Transportation in Bedford Township.

Click here to view information concerning elections and voting in the State of Michigan ( Info from the Michigan Secretary of State's Web Page)

 

Media coverage of March 8, 2016 Presidential Primary Election:

Toledo Blade December 3, 2015: Bedford Township seeking 0.35 mills; Would help fund continued operation of Bedford Dial-A-Ride

Letter to Editor by Gene Stock submitted to Monroe News and Bedford Now.

 

 

 

 

December 2015

 

Click on the graphic on the left to view an up-dated video produced by Doug Dibert Jr. called "Bedford Great". for the Bedford Business Association. This is a video that promotes Bedford Township as a great place to live, work, go to school, and shop!

Click here to view other videos produced by Doug's production company Crossing River Studios.

 

 

Click here to view information concerning Buckeye Cable. Also included are newspaper articles that document what happened back in 2005 concerning the non payment of
the franchise fees by Bedford Township to Bedford Public Schools.

 

 

 

 

November 2015

 

 

Click here to watch the video of the November 17, 2015 Bedford Township Board meeting. Of special note is a discussion under “Old Business”-Discussion Regarding the Cable Committee”.

Public commentary begins at the 11 minute mark on the video and the discussion of the Cable Committee begins at the 28 minute mark.


Prior to the discussion, 3 residents spoke during public commentary in support of re-establishing a Cable Committee. During the discussion of the topic, one Bedford Township Board member made some very misleading and inaccurate statements concerning the chain of events that occurred in 2005-2006 regarding the “franchise fees” that were not being paid to Bedford Public Schools from 2002 to 2006, as called for in the agreement with Buckeye Cable. This person also made some very wild accusations directed toward individuals in the Bedford Community as stating that ”The same persons who have caused problems in the past are bringing it up again” in regards to the topic of Buckeye Cable. The Township Board agreed to add the topic of the "Cable Committee" to the agenda for their December 1, 2015 meeting.

Click here to read the factual information concerning the Cable Advisory Committee back in 2005-2006. There you will find plenty of media coverage and other documents explaining exactly what transpired. This area also contains the up-dated information concerning Public Act 480 that the Supervisor referred to at last night’s meeting:

 

October 2015

 

 

The Bedford Township Board has scheduled a Committee of the Whole Meeting (COW) on Thursday, October 8, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. at the Bedford Township Hall. Items for discussion are listed on the agenda below. The meeting will be broadcast live on Buckeye Cable. There will be some very important financial items up for discussion which could involve cuts in Township services or a possible new millage in the future. To view the complete agenda with supporting documents, just click on the link below:

http://www.bedfordyes.com/BedfordTownshipAgendaMinutesVideo.htm#trans

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2015

 

Donations to the 50th Anniversary Celebration

 

The 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee has announced that they are now finalizing the "Commemorative Program" for the two-day celebration and are accepting donations to defray the cost of the program and other event expenses. Any proceeds, beyond actual event expenses, will be donated back to the Bedford High School Alumni Association to be split between the establishment of a scholarship fund and the Bedford Community Stadium Improvements (such as construction of permanent rest rooms).

If you make a donation, your name or company name will appear the "Commemorative Program". The Commemorative Program will be given out free to all of people who attend the 2-day event on September 25th & 26th. If you own a business, this would be a great way to advertise. Click on the graphic to the left for the complete details on how to make a donation to the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Please note that the deadline to make a donation and be recognized in the "Commemorative Program" is Monday, September 14th. They will accept donations after that date but will not be recognized in the program after September 14th.

 

 

 

July 2015

Alumni Association Special Announcement

Attention All BHS Alumni and Bedford Supporters!

There will be an informational meeting for persons interested in joining the Bedford High School Alumni Association. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 5 th 2015 at 7:00PM in Study Room C at the Bedford Branch Library. This meeting will be held to discuss the history and future of the Association, and to answer any questions about the organization that anyone may have.

Click here for complete details concerning the Alumni Association Meeting on August 5, 2015

 

 

 

 

Questions and Answers Concerning the Bedford Community Stadium Project and the Bedford High School Alumni Association

The BHS Alumni Association web page has been up dated to include recent questions and answers concerning the Bedford High School Alumni Association and the Bedford Community Stadium Project. Click here to view the questions and answers.

Questions concerning the Alumni Association should be directed to Alumni Association President, Chuck Faller. Questions concerning the Bedford Community
Stadium Project should be directed to Bedford Community Stadium Committee Co-Chairman Gene Stock

 

 

 

 

The Bedford High School Alumni Association Class Notes & Reunion Announcements Page has been up-dated to include a new section called “In Remembrance Of Those Bedford High Alumni along with Bedford Public Schools Faculty, Staff and Administrators Who Have Passed Away” Click on the graphic on the left to view the information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bedford Yes web site has been up-dated to include the press release concerning the resignation of Bedford Township Fire Chief Rudy Ruiz. Click here to read the press release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2015

The Bedford Yes Web Site has been up-dated to include information concerning the total salaries, wages and benefits for all Bedford Township elected officials and staff members for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2016. Click on the link below to read the 3 page document that lists all the info:

http://www.bedfordyes.com/BedfordTownshipFinancialTaxInfoPage.htm#salary

The video of the Bedford Township Budget Workshop held on April 28, 2015 has also been added to the web site. The video was taken by a Bedford Township Resident. It is broken down into 10 segments. Click on the link below to view the video:

http://www.bedfordyes.com/BedfordTownshipAgendaMinutesVideo.htm#budget42815

 

April 2015

 

Bedford Township Trustees discuss the possibility of charging a fee to use the BS & A Internet Services offered by Bedford Township

 

Click here to view the information on how to use the BS & A property look-up for Bedford Township

Click here to view communities in Michigan that offer BS & A property look-up (please note that some communities charge for using the service)

Click here to view the video of the April 21, 2015 Bedford Township Board Meeting where the discussion took place concerning charging a fee to users who use the look-up services for property information. The current cost to Bedford Township for the services is $10,000 per year. (The discussion starts at approximately the 32 minute mark on the video of the meeting.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2015

BHS to celebrate 50th Anniversary

 

 

 

On September 25 th & 26 th the Bedford High School Alumni will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the current high school building located at the corner of Dean and Jackman Roads. Click on the photo at the left to view the most up-to-date information concerning the celebration of the 50th anniversary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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