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Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway across the area:

Building and Codes

·         Plan Review Staff Meetings: 1) Met with Engineer, Owner and Contractor to discuss preliminary plans to be submitted for Southern Smoke Barbecue. The initial plans will only include occupying half of the building which would include barbecue catering only. The restaurant would be up-fitted at a later date. 2) Met with Duke Energy Representatives, Architect w/ Roebuck Building and Engineer from FLUOR to discuss the new W.S. Lee Combined Cycle Project. The intent of the meeting was to discuss which buildings will be permitted for this project through our office. Permits will be required for the Administration Building and Warehouse Building. Other Structures may be required once additional information is provided.

·         DRAWINGS SUBMITTED: Three Bridges Subdivision Pool/Cabana in Powdersville, Walker Farm Market Up-fit/Addition off of Walker Road,

Development Standards

·         Presented staff reports on the following agenda item on Wednesday night for Citizens Advisory Committee for District 4 & District 7

§  Variance Application to construct a single-family residential home located on Lot #16 Welborn Acres, 210 Thomas Welborn Road-Anderson. The Committee (District 4) voted 2 to 1 to approve.

§  Special Exception request to allow for a guest house located on Stringer Road, Belton. The Committee (District 7) voted 3 to 0 to approve.

§  The Land Use Board of Zoning Appeals voted to approve both 6 to 0 approved the guest house and the Board voted 4 to approve Lot #16 and 2 members voting to abstain.

·         Presented staff report on the following agenda item on Thursday night to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

§  The first request was for an appeal of the Interpretation of the Zoning Administrator of a Planned Development in the Arbor’s located on Golden Eagle, Anderson .- The Board voted 6 to 0 to uphold the staff’s interpretation.

§  Variance Application to allow for a double wide mobile home to replace a house that burned located on Liberty Highway, Anderson. The Board voted 6 to 0 to approve the request.

·         SITE PLAN REVIEW:

§  Reviewing flood study information for Sullivan Road- C-16-27 due to damage from the storm.

§  Duke Energy Ash Landfill, Lee Steam Road.

§  Ingles New Supermarket located on Highway 81N, Powdersville.

§  Proposed Retail Shop 12,800 square feet Powdersville

·         SUBDIVISIONS:

§  Airy Springs Subdivision

§  Topsail Bay Phase III

§  Racetrac Subdivision, Application submitted to expand the subdivision. Planning Commission will hear the application at their November Meeting.

·         BUFFERYARD INSPECTIONS:

§  VA Clinic located on Highway 81N, Anderson

§  Forest Lawn Cemetery located on Highway 29

·         September Stats:

o   Land Use Permits, 115

o   Septic Tank Permits, 43

o   Individual Plats, 39

o   Subdivisions, 5

o   Commercial Up-fits, 5

Fleet Services

·         Fleet manager attended an Asset Management class on Thursday this week. This was a day class was held at the Madren Center in Clemson. The class covered topics to help identify key principles of asset management and how to create and implement an asset management program.

·         Fuel Prices: Unleaded  $1.87, E20 $1.83á, Diesel 1.88â

·         September Stats:

o   Work Orders Completed: 308 – Totaling: $117,545.19

o   Fuel Total: $105,250.49

o   Regular Unleaded 28,253.60 GL

o   E-20 17,850.80 GL

o   Diesel 12,116.80 GL

Roads & Bridges

·         Long Road Bridge Project: Asphalt Leveling was completed Tuesday and the finial surface was placed Wednesday. Paint lines are scheduled to be painted Thursday, if all goes well the road will be open Friday.

·         Reviewed 3rd submittal for Wild Meadows Subdivision.

·         Reviewed Rivermill Subdivision preliminary plat.

·         Sent Bid Documents for the 2015-2016 FY County Road Improvement Contract to Purchasing.

·         Pre-Final Inspection in Ellison Plantation and Midway Ridge Subdivisions.

·         Staff investigated 9 flooded roads and 2 damaged structures.

·         All crews worked removing the trees that were cut out of the road over the weekend and Monday. All crews will start returning to work order repairs by Friday.

·         On-call crew was called into service Saturday and worked until 6:00 Sunday afternoon, at 6:00 they were replaced by another crew that was called into service to respond throughout the night to downed trees and flooding. All totaled we received 62 calls for downed trees, 8 flooding reports totaling 288 man hours.

·         September Stats:

o   Requests: 478 new, 296 closed, 418 open.

o   On call: 13 call-outs for a total of 81.5 man-hours

o   Encroachments: 13 permits for a total of $1844.20 (Year 61/$9698.50).

Safety

·         Safety meeting: Topics covered Safety Orientation (PPE, Back Safety, Slip, Trips, Falls, Haz. Com. BBP, LO/TO, and Fire Safety), FEMA Training, and Evacuation Drill.

·         Forklift Certification Class.

·         September Stats:

o   OSHA Recordable: 1 (YTD: 2).

o   Lost Time: 0 (YTD: 0).

o   Near Misses: 1 (YTD: 3).

o   Workers Compensation Claims $4,000 est.

o   Tort / Property Claim: $ 10,045.

Solid Waste

·         Staff assisted Roads and Bridges on October4, 2015 in removing downed trees from our roads due to the heavy rain event. Roads and Bridges staff has had long days and nights since the event. We appreciate their efforts in making the roads safer.

·         The Starr C&D Landfill had a routine monthly DHEC inspection on October 7, 2015. The Class II landfill was inspected. There were a few erosion issues on the slopes due to the heavy rain on the weekend but staff is already working to correct them. Everything was found to meet regulatory requirements.

·         Shred Day Event on October 17, 2015 at the Belton-Honea Path High School which is located 11,000 Belton/Honea Path Highway. The event will be from 10:00am until 1:00pm. Residents will be limited to 5 boxes or bags of shredding material.

·         “Recycle Your Selfie” information is being sent to all School Districts to inform the students and staff of the campaign and promote recycling with our students and residents. One school per District will have an opportunity to win $500 for their school. Pratt Industries is sponsoring $2500 for the promotion. We appreciate their efforts in helping us to promote recycling. 

·         Completed DHEC Waste Oil and Waste Tire quarterly reports this week.

·         Provided recycling and litter brochures, magnets, postcards and vehicle litter bags for the Town of Pendleton.

·         Staff met with Dayle Stewart of the United Way in Anderson County to discuss a partnership between Keep Anderson County Beautiful and the United Way for the Great Anderson County Cleanup in April 2016.

·         Staff met with Lynn Dingle of the United Way and discussed working alongside the African American Leadership group to host a cleanup on January 16, 2016.

·         Staff will be setting up booths at the October 10th Iva Depot Days and October 24th Sugarfoot Festival to promote recycling and litter prevention. The Belton Standpipe Festival was cancelled due to inclement weather.

·         Individuals broke into the White Street Convenience Centers this week. Trash bags were stolen at the White Street Convenience Center that is used for Anderson County Clean-Up events. The Sheriff’s Department was contacted to investigate. 

·         Environmental Enforcement was called out to Belton Highway/Shirley Store Rd. for an open storage issue. A 30 day clean up order was issued. Property was to be cleaned up by August 9, 2015. The resident was found guilty in court for not obeying the Clean-Up order. The resident’s fine was increased by the judge for not obeying the Clean-Up order to $500. The resident was issued another 30 Day Clean-Up Order on September 15, 2015. 

·         Staff continues to work to recruit Adopt-A-Spot groups to help clean up the littered roads and areas in our county. We currently have 33 active Adopt-A-Spot groups.

·         Staff continues to send out Adopt-A-Spot packets and postcards to all active Adopt-a-Spot groups, churches and businesses to inform them of October being Deeds of Pride Month. We encourage all groups to participate in a cleanup or a beautification project during the month.

·         We have 2 inmates for the convenience centers and 2 for the MRF this week due to a shortage of inmates on work detail at the Detention Center. We appreciate the Detention Center’s efforts in providing us with the inmates.

·         September Stats:

o   313.88 Recyclable tons, 29.55 E-Waste tons, 38.79 Tire tonnage and 746 Gallons Waste Oil.

o   Anderson Regional Landfill: 5438.02 tons of municipal Solid Waste at a cost of $160,530.35.

o   Hauling contractor hauled 491 containers from Convenience Centers at a cost of $57,447.00.

·         Starr Landfill Tonnages:

o   Construction & Demolition (1,567.87 C&D) tons {2,614.18 YTD tons}.

o   Land Clearing Debris (1,255.25 LCD) tons {3,607.14 YTD tons}.

o   6,221.32 Total Tons for the Year.

Stormwater

·         The manager attended the Land Use Board of Appeals hearings in reference to an appeal of the use of Lot 16 in Welborn Acres Subdivision.

·         A sediment pond dam ruptured at E&I Engineering’s expansion project over the weekend. Sediment was released off-site as a result. The rainfall experienced did not exceed the amount the pond was designed to handle. Inadequate construction of the dam was to blame.

·         New applications were received for Powerhouse Christian Church, James Lake Subdivision, and Duke Energy Anderson Ops Yard Expansion.

·         An illicit discharge of sewage from a strip mall on Pearman Dairy Road was reported to the Wastewater Department. Wastewater and stormwater staff investigated and confirmed the discharge. SCDHEC and SCDOT were notified since was being pumped from a septic system to a SCDOT stormwater catch basin.

·         Re-application to SCDHEC was made for the NPDES General Permit for discharges from the Application of Pesticides.

·         Staff attended Clemson University’s T3S Asset Management training.

·         September Stats:

o   3 construction sites were issued notices of violation.

o   2 pre-construction meetings.

o   Approved 2 stormwater permits, 4 major permit modifications, completed 8 plan reviews.

o   3 stormwater permit terminations were approved.

o   Inspections: 44 sediment/erosion control, 3 post-construction, 0 county facility & 4 industrial stormwater

Wastewater

·         Responded to (6) High Level Alarms and (5) Power Failure Alarms this weekend due to heavy rain. Five pumper trucks were used to maintain flow with one sewer overflow that was reported to DHEC. Backup Generator was used for (5) stations in Powdersville until power was restored with no overflows. A total of 93.75 hours of overtime worked and a cost of $10,360.

·         Last calendar week (Sept 27 – Oct 3) received 82 locate tickets from SC811, of these, 5 were emergency locates.  Each has been entered into Cartegraph as a task, located, completed and closed on the SC811 website.

·         For the month of September 2015, 414 tasks were entered for 507 locate tickets received from SC811.  Total cost according to Cartegraph records was $9823 coming to $19.37 per locate ticket.  Our average is now 111 tickets per week, which comes to approximately $112,000 per year.

·         Monitored flow coming into 6&20 WWTP on Sunday during a heavy rain event.  Flow increased from an average of 110,000 GPD to 300,000 GPD, additional flow was transferred to a spare aeration basin to prevent treatment plant from short circuiting. Approximately 125,000 gallons of wastewater was stored in the spare aeration basin. Flow returned to normal around 3:00 PM on Sunday.

·         Installed a new transducer at 6&20 WWTP Pump Station.  The transducer is a level indicator that controls when the pumps turn on and off.  While the transducer was out the station’s pumps were controlled by backup floats.

·         The pump station crew pulled pump #1 at Stonehaven Lift Station due to an internal thermal safety switch tripping and cutting pump off this weekend during long run time due to heavy rains. We sent it to the shop for repair.

·         The pump station crew replaced the top pump in Set B at Hembree Creek Lift Station because of an oil leak on the pump and replaced the low level float because of an internal wiring problem with float allowing it to not operate properly.

·         Drafted “will serve” letter for economic development project at Rogers Site.

·         Our ROW crew inspected over 5 miles of off road sewer ROWs to look for any erosion storm damage. During our inspection we found one manhole frame and lid that was in need of repair. This manhole was in a field near the Kia dealership on Hwy 76. Repairs were made.

·         The ROW crew cut the Starr force main on Hayes road off of Hwy 81 South.

·         One residential sewer inspection at lot 5, Cobbs Glenn.

·         We had one after hour call on Friday night for low level at Starr for a total of 5 hours. We had calls to 11 lift station on between Saturday and Sunday because of heavy rain and wind causing high flow and power outages

·         September Stats:

o   Permits – 12

o   Capacity Fee – $45,500

o   Sludge Hauled – 21.65 Tons ($639.11)

o   SC 811 Tickets – 507

o   Sewer Inspections – 11

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