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Building and Codes

Department Manager attended the SC Association for Hazard Mitigation Spring Educational Conference for continuing educational credits (CEU’s) that can be used towards renewal of his Certified Floodplain Manager Certification. The Manager also did a presentation, along with the Development Standards Manager, on “Checks & Balances in Floodplain Management”. They presented their department’s processes of issuing permits for homes that are located in the floodplain from beginning to end. This conference also provides the opportunity to network with other Counties/Municipalities within the State on Floodplain Management. One of our Building Inspectors, who does Residential Inspections, attended training to pursue his Commercial Building Inspector Certification. This training can also be used towards renewing his current Certifications with the International Codes Council (ICC) and the South Carolina Building Codes Council (SCBCC). We encourage all of our staff to pursue additional certifications where they can gain more knowledge and help them move up in their careers professionally. All of our Inspectors are required to be certified by the State in the areas they are inspecting.

PERMITS SUBMITTED: 21 New Single-Family Dwellings; 5 Addition/Renovation; 3 Detached Garage/Accessory Buildings; 2 Pool; 4 Demolition; 42 Electrical and HVAC Upgrades including 2 Residential Solar; 9 Commercial Including: Daniel Crocker Office Building, Caribbean Storage Building I, Brickyard Automotive, Verizon Wireless Tower, Cooling Tower Replacement & Pumps for Glenn Raven Mills, Electrical to Shaved Ice Stand, Electrical for Power Re-Location of Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority, Electrical for Propane Tank at Loves Travel Stop, Electrical for God Will Provide Evangelical Church; 10 Mobile Home including: New Homes, Change of Ownership, moves from other counties, change of location, etc.
DRAWINGS SUBMITTED: Electrical Upgrade for CJS Machining, New Duplex’s off Claude Drive in Easley, New Building for Kay Tech Inc. located off Hurricane Creek Rd in Piedmont, New Warehouse/Spec Building for Steel Horse Development located off Liberty Hwy. and various resubmittals

Roads & Bridges

Bridge Crews performed work on Ballard Road Bridge Project and assisted Parks Department at Green Pond Landing to get ready for the Bassmaster Classic.  Ditching and Piping Crews installed driveway pipes and prepped for asphalt aprons. Ditching crews completed ditching requests throughout County; as well as ditching Crawford Street in Williamston. Asphalt Crews performed work on Lewis Road and Detention Center Paving; completed driveway aprons throughout County.
Safety One Near Miss Reported

Employee Safety Orientation

County-Wide Safety Meeting One safety meeting: Topics-Active Shooter: Surviving An Attack, Safety Update, Worker Compensation Claims, Tort/Property Claim? Attend SC APWA Strategic Plan Meeting

Stormwater

The cease and desist at Omega Farms was lifted after the corrections were made by Meritage Homes. A cease and desist notice was issued to Euwe Wexler for failure to address deficiencies noted in a previous Notice of Violation.  Received new application for Heritage Pediatrics on Wren School Rd.  Reviews were conducted for McDonald’s (1st) and JDC-2 (2nd).  Staff took photos and video of the National Guard 125th MRBC deploying a floating bridge at Green Pond Landing using the department’s drone.

Solid Waste  Staff worked with Roads and Bridges, Parks and Recreation, Visit Anderson, Building and Grounds and Detention Center to assist with the Bassmaster Classic at Green Pond this week.  The Great Anderson County Cleanup is scheduled for April 21st from 8am until noon. The KickOff Party will be on April 16th at 6pm at the Civic Center of Anderson. Staff is in the process of inviting all Adopt-a-Spot Groups, volunteers, churches and resident to participate in the event.  Shred Day will be held on May 5th at the Balloon Launch Field at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center from 10am until 1pm.  VIVA Recycling Upstate, LLC did not attend the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court session with DHEC. The Judge will sign an Order for Default Judgment as requested by DHEC. VIVA Recycling will then have 30 days to comply with the Order.  Staff attended the “Walk with the Docs” at the Honea Path Middle School football field to educate on recycling and litter prevention.  Staff provided Friends of Broadway Lake with litter cleanup supplies. 17 volunteers collected 60 bags of litter from Serena Circle, Broadway Lake Road, Belton Highway and Shirley Drive.  The Clemson Men’s Lacrosse team approached our department requesting community service opportunities. We provided cleanup supplies for 49 volunteers to collect 47 bags of litter from roadways in Pendleton.  Staff assisted Nu-Life Environmental with changing hydraulic valves on several compactors to help increase packing pressure to increase tonnage in our compactors being hauled to the landfill. This will be a savings to the county by decreasing the number of hauls.  We have 2 inmates for the convenience centers and 4 for the MRF this week due to a shortage of inmates on work detail at the Detention Center. ? Did You Know There were 226,275 bags of litter picked up on 40,375 miles of roadway in South Carolina during the 2016-2017 year.

Wastewater – The Town of Iva’s running balance is $711,350.83.  Met with DHEC to discuss design plans for Green Pond Landing pump station.  The pump station crew re-installed the mixer at Hembree Creek. ?Providing data to Consultant for Northern Anderson County Wastewater Infrastructure to complete Powdersville Master Plan study. ?There were no after-hour calls this week.
Animal Shelter – We were able to save 95% of the animals in our care this week.

INTAKES: 85 (45 owner surrender, 0 return adoptions, 49 from animal control, 20 strays, 2 transferred in) OUTCOMES: 66 animals adopted, 1 died, 3 were euthanized for illness or aggression, 2 animals were owner requested euthanasia, 20 were returned to their owners and 13 were sent to rescue. ? Clinic performed 72 spay/neuter surgeries.  There are currently 175 large dogs, 10 small dogs, 17 puppies, 18 cats and 11 kittens in the facility.  Out of the 141 animals available for adoption 113 (80%) are currently altered.  There are 9 dogs being held for court.  PAWS staff visited Pickens County Animal Shelter and helped them implement best strategies for life saving. We look forward to continuing our relationship and assisting them in reaching a no kill community.  PAWS sent representatives to the NoKillSC meeting at Greenville County Animal Care. The meeting consisted of open admission shelter directors and local rescue groups trying to save all healthy dogs in SC by the end of 2018.