County approves first reading on ordinances

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By Stan Welch

Anderson County Council took up several ordinances Tuesday night, though none were up for final approval. Two ordinances advanced to that point after being given second reading approval, and will be given final consideration at the next meeting. One of those would redefine the terms of boards and commissions which are appointed by the Council. The proposed ordinance would set those terms as being at the pleasure of the Council, meaning that they could be replaced at any time.

District Two Councilwoman Gracie Floyd expressed her opposition in a rambling, somewhat contradictory discussion, stating that she often had trouble getting people to serve on the various boards, while at the same time advocating term limits for those appointees.

Chairman Dunn explained that the proposed change would still allow a Council member to replace any of their appointees. In addition, any change in the Council make up would almost certainly result in changes in the appointees. The ordinance received second reading approval with Floyd casting the only dissenting vote.

An ordinance to allow for online bidding for the sale or transfer of county property also was approved.

One proposed ordinance, a request for a zoning change for two parcels of property at the corner of Gerrard Road and Centerville Road died for lack of a motion. The proposal was to rezone from R-20 single unit residential to R-D, which would allow the construction of duplexes.

Several other ordinances, establishing the terms of economic incentives to be offered to existing business in the county which are planning to expand, were also presented and approved. Projects labeled Capacity, Liba, and Lab will receive various incentives, such as special source revenue bonds, and inclusion in the joint industrial park, which offers certain tax benefits.

The ordinances in question were all presented for first reading approval, which they all received unanimously.