A Public Statement  from the Chair of Bedford’s Select Board ~ June 9, 2022

In April, 14 residents filed a complaint against the Town alleging procurement violations regarding the acquisition of 139 Great Road for a new fire station. A Superior Court judge denied the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction to stop the sale, stating that she found no likelihood of success on the merits of their claims.

At the same time, abutters to the 139 Great Road property, Carol Amick and William Moonan, independently and without informing the Town or the public, approached the current property owners, Utah State University, and the Utah System of Higher Education. Having lost in an effort to stop the purchase at Town Meeting and in court, the abutters offered to purchase the property for $1.7 million, $150,000 over what Town Meeting had voted to fund and which had been accepted by the owners.

Unfortunately, after receiving this higher offer, the Utah System of Higher Education requested that the Town match it. To ensure we can uphold the clear vote of Town Meeting, we plan to vote this afternoon to support the use of $150,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to increase the Town’s purchase price to $1.7 million. ARPA guidelines do not require Town Meeting appropriation.

The Town of Bedford ARPA plan, approved by the Select Board on July 12, 2021, supports Town/School COVID-19 recovery efforts, and expansion of water/sewer infrastructure on Middlesex Turnpike. Utilizing ARPA funds will allow the Town to match the increased purchase price without having to request additional funding from taxpayers or call a Special Town Meeting. The use of ARPA funds for the fire station project will reduce the funding available for the water/sewer infrastructure expansion project.

We look forward to the next steps on this important project, including hiring an owner’s project manager and architect, establishing the building committee as approved by Town Meeting, and working with the Historic District Commission, neighbors, and other stakeholders to build the fire station our community so desperately needs and deserves.

Lastly, we are grateful for the outpouring of support and offers of financial assistance we have received in the last week from all corners of the community. It is gratifying to know how much Bedford values its first responders and understands the critical need for this new facility so our firefighters and paramedics can continue to provide excellent care and emergency services to the Town.


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Dave Draper
Dave Draper
3 months ago

Amick and Moonan had issues with the town concerning the acquisition process for the property. They were within their rights to file a court challenge. As far as them making a separate offer for the property they were under no obligation to inform the town of the offer. The town and the Utah Higher Education attempted to make a deal in private, even though both entities are public, and not a lot of people seemed bothered by that.

John Henley
John Henley
3 months ago

Everyone should thank Amick and Moonan for their interference that upped the price for the town by attempting to buy it instead. This act takes away from everyone now as it takes $150000 from sewer work. At the end of the day they should of kept their nose out of it. But again everyone feels entitled these days

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