Bedford County leaders are continuing to work to develop ideas to help the county attract and retain young adults and families.
Commissioner Josh Lang said more than 30 community leaders met at the end of August to begin developing plans to address the county’s aging population, which is a part of the county’s comprehensive plan that was approved in 2017.
“There’s not a clear answer to solve,” Lang said. “But we can look at what we can do to address it.”
County leaders said the population of about 48,400 people has dropped by a few percent over the past 30 years, but the big shift in the statistics has been the age of residents. Lang said it is a problem facing most rural communities. He said community leaders will be meeting regularly to help gather statistics, identify problems and develop solutions.
“We want to get a variety of perspectives,” he said. “We have to get new perspectives to come to the table. People have different values and beliefs.”
The commissioners, at their meeting Tuesday morning, approved a statement of policy and engineer designation record update for P. Joseph Lehman Inc. as the county engineer for 2020 to 2024. The county has been working with the consulting engineering firm, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, for more than 45 years.
“We really appreciate the support you’ve given us over the years,” P. Joseph Lehman Jr. told the board. “We look forward to working with you over the next 50 years at least.”
The county also declared a proclamation honoring the Bedford County Amateur Radio Society’s 60th anniversary.
David Cubbison, director of Bedford County emergency services, said the radio society has been an asset to the county and is a model for other organizations across the state.
“This group is amazing,” he said. “Over the last several years they have not only come up to speed with contemporary emergency management systems, they have far surpassed the majority of other groups in the Commonwealth. They are truly a group that is admired and esteemed by other groups around this Commonwealth and around this region.”
The commissioners also approved:
— The move of Karen Steele from the office of District Judge Kathy S. Calhoun to the office of Tonya M. Osman, effective Monday.
— Clingerman Paving of Everett to pave the parking lot of the Bedford County Library for $38,800. It was the only bid, but Commissioner Barry Dallara said the commissioners checked to make sure the bid was competitive.
— Dean Potter of New Enterprise as a part-time correctional officer at the Bedford County Correctional Facility at a rate of $11.30 per hour.
— Michael Dibert of Roaring Spring and Collin Grigg of Hollidaysburg as full-time correctional officers at rates of $11.30 per hour.