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Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underwahy:

Building and Codes
· Department Manager and the Chief of Inspectors attended the Home Builders Association of Anderson’s General Membership Meeting. Lauren Goodwin from the National Home Builders Association was the Guest Speaker. A couple of the topics covered were subcontractor shortage and membership decline.
· PERMITS SUBMITTED: 12 New Single-Family Dwellings; 4 Addition/Renovation; 7 Detached Garage/Accessory Buildings; 2 Pool; 3 Demolition; 15 Electrical and HVAC Upgrades; 9 Commercial Including: Duke Foods WW Treatment Bldg., Electrical for ABB/Baldor Solar, Electrical for Piedmont Regional Solar, Re-Roof of Anderson Elks Lodge, Re-Roof of Evans Properties LLC, Electrical for Rectifier; 15 Mobile Home including: New Homes, Change of Ownership, moves from other counties, change of location, etc.
· DRAWINGS SUBMITTED: Big Lots Up-Fit located in Anderson Station off of Clemson Blvd., Electrical for Dudley RV Park located in Fair Play and various resubmittals
· February stats:
o New Single-Family & Multi-Family Dwelling permits down 26% Compared to February 2017 (86 to 64)
o Revenue Up 15% Compared to February 2017 ($105,910.90 to $121,789.60)
o Total of 875 permits/transactions – Down 21% Compared to February 2017 (1,112): 202 Building, 207 Electrical, 91 Plumbing, 110 HVAC, 201 Mobile Homes, 21 Demolition, 8 Moving, 35 Miscellaneous
· Did You Know?  We had 827 new housing starts for Single-Family and Multi-Family Dwellings in Anderson County in 2017, which was up 12% from 2016. In 2009, because of the crash in the Economy, we only had 218 new housing starts.

Development Standards
· SITE PLAN REVIEW:
o Athrex Manufacturing
o Energy Lee Steam Proposed Communication located on Lee Steam Road
o Southern Manors located at 2501 Highway 247, Anderson
· LAND USE PERMITS APPROVED:
o Innovative Center, Ryobi Drive, Anderson
o Ballard Road Floodplain Development Permit for culvert/bridge replacement
o Stanco Metal Products located on 161 Alliance Blvd. Williamston
o Lucas Auto Sales located on Colonel Drive, Easley
o Floodplain Development Permit for lot #90 Reserve Drive, Piedmont.
o Development Permit located on Pine Lake Drive, Easley.
o Floodplain Development Permit located on Lawson Road, Belton.
· SUBDIVISIONS:
o River Reserve Phase IV
o Chimney Hill
· Did you know? Powdersville is the fastest growing area in the tip of Northern Anderson County and is ranked #71 in SC State Cities

· Fleet Services
· Closed work 151 orders for the week.
· To see a listing of vehicles and equipment being sold visit the Anderson County Website at www.andersoncountysc.org  You can then click ‘Online Auction’ to view inventory and register.
· Did you know? Cars were seen as the “green” alternative of transportation in the early 20th century because horses were causing so much pollution with their poop.
Roads & Bridges
· Bridge Crews assisted Building and Grounds Department to relocate trees for Oak Hill Road Project and unloaded Sandy Spring Business Park sign; formed and poured new light bases on East-West Parkway Project; assisted Clearworld in making upgrades to lights on East-West Parkway.
· Vegetation Crews completed requests for hazardous trees and finished Green Pond Landing debris removal project.
· Grading Crews assisted Parks Department with several small cleanup projects in preparation for Bassmaster Classic.
· Ditching and Piping Crews installed driveway pipes, prepped for asphalt aprons, and completed ditching requests throughout the County.
· Sign Shop Crews performed routine sign maintenance and inventory, repainted yellow lines at Green Pond Landing, and installed RPMs for upcoming Bassmaster Classic.
· 6 Vacancies: (3) Equipment Operators, (1) Equipment Operator pending, (1) Engineering Tech, (1) Laborer pending.
· On-Call crew had one after-hours call-out for four man-hours: one tree.
Staff, along with Clemson Extension and Anderson Regional Joint Water System staff, weeded and mulched the bioretention cell at Green Pond Landing.
· Staff met with site representatives at Brookstone Meadows Clubhouse and Pool to discuss what needs to be done to terminate the permit. A major modification of the permit will be necessary.
· A cease and desist was issued to Woodland Hills subdivision in Powdersville for failure to install and maintain the approved stormwater controls.
· Major modification approved for First Quality.
Solid Waste
· Staff worked with Roads and Bridges, Parks and Recreation, Visit Anderson and volunteers for the Bassmaster Classic, Green Pond Landing Cleanup on March 3rd. We picked up 242 bags of litter and 12 tires. Shimano sponsored the event by providing trash bags and reels for the event. Grady’s, along with Visit Anderson, sponsored lunch and fishing reels for giveaways.
· The Great Anderson County Cleanup is scheduled for April 21st from 8am until noon. The Kick-Off Party will be on April 16th at 6pm at the Civic Center of Anderson.
· Shred Day on May 5th at the Balloon Launch Field at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center from 10am until 1pm.
Wastewater
· Town of Iva’s running balance is $715,769.73.
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· Contractor has started mobilization and clearing ROW for Five Mile Phase II.
· Betsy Tucker contractor notified us of a short delay in starting the line extensions due to inclement weather.
· Did you know?  The average age of Wastewater Operators in South Carolina is 55 and that 50% of today’s operators will retire in the next 5-7 years. The average age of Anderson County Wastewater staff is 48.2
Animal Shelter
· Saved 97% of the animals in our care this week.
· INTAKES:  119 (35 owner surrender, 1 return adoption, 71 from animal control, 12 strays)
· OUTCOMES: 41 animals adopted, 0 died, 4 were euthanized for illness or aggression, 3 animals were owner requested euthanasia, 25 were returned to their owners and 18 were sent to rescue.
· Clinic performed 93 spay/neuter surgeries.
· There are currently 183 large dogs, 19 small dogs, 15 puppies, 28 cats and 8 kittens in the facility.
· Out of the 182 animals available for adoption 139 (76%) are currently altered.
· There are 9 dogs being held for court.
· PAWS has added a dog trainer to their staff.  She will be able to assist adopters and help dogs learn proper manners while at the shelter.
· PAWS received $902.51 in cash donations.
· February stats:
o We were able to save 96% of the animals in our care.
o INTAKES:  471 (71 owner surrender, 13 return adoptions, 290 from animal control, 92 strays, 5 transfers)
o OUTCOMES: 200 animals adopted, 5 died, 13 were euthanized for illness or aggression, 8 animals were owner requested euthanasia, 80 were returned to their owners and 102 were sent to rescue.
o Clinic performed 339 spay/neuter surgeries.
o PAWS received $3,328.95 in cash donations
· Interesting Fact:
· From 1/1/2009 to 12/31/2009
o 14,658 animals were taken into the shelter
o 69% of those animals were euthanized; 31% saved
· 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2017
o 5,536 animals were taken into the shelter
o 7% of those animals were euthanized; 93% saved