Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway around Anderson County:
Animal Shelter
PAWS was able to save 86% of the animals in our care this week.
Intakes:  59 (10 owner surrenders, 2 return adoption, 38 from Animal Control, 9 strays and 0 transfer)
Outcomes:  29 animals adopted, 0 died,  8 were euthanized for aggression or medical emergencies, 6 owner requested euthanasia, 3 returned to their owners, 27 transferred out to rescue groups
Clinic performed 0 spay/neuter surgeries (vets were out of town for the week)
No dogs were treated for heartworms (as vets were out of town)
Currently 118 large dogs, 6 small dogs, 21 puppies, 32 cats and 2 kittens being held in the facility.
There are 90 animals available for adoption, 69 are spayed/neutered; 77%
9 animals are being held for court
PAWS received $120.00 in monetary donations.
Building and Codes
Permits Submitted: 26 Single-Family Dwellings, 5 Addition/Renovation; 9 Detached Garage/Accessory Buildings; 3 Demolition; 4 Pool Permits; 2 Replacement; 8 Electrical and HVAC Upgrades; 6 Commercial Including: McDonalds Interior Remodel, ANMED Honea Path Addition, Re-Roofing for Tractor Supply, Re-Roofing of Jehovah’s Witness Hall, Re-Roofing of Nation Wide Insurance Building, Electrical for Reliable Tank Line; 15 Mobile Home including: New Homes, Change of Ownership, moves from other counties, change of location, etc.
Drawings submitted: AT&T Co-Locate located off Midway Rd, Mt Pleasant Enterprises Interior Up-Fit located off Pelzer Hwy, Sign for Pearman Dairy Storage, Sign for Starbuck Coffee located off Clemson Blvd, The Barn at Sitton Hill Farm Wedding Venue located off Sitton Hill Rd and various re-submittals
Development Standards
Site Plan Review:
o   TTI Product Center Lab, Ryobi Drive
o   Greenpond Phase II Expansion
o   MJ Dolly Cooper Expansion
o   Wren Middle School
o   LaFrance Elementary School
o   Burger King Highway 24 & Highway 187
o   Barn @ Sitton Hill, Sitton Hill Road, Easley.
Land Use Permits Approved:
o   Polymed Expansion located on Leader Drive, Piedmont.
o   149’ Verizon Wireless Tower located at 1136 Brown Road
o   Final floodplain development permit approval 1705 Broadway Lake Road
o   Parkview Glen, Oaks @ Shiloh, Phase II, III, & IV, Three Bridges, Townhomes @Old Williamston Road
o   Tri-County Technical Training Center for Arthrex-Chapman Road
o   E & C Solutions, Phase II, $18,000
Fleet Services
Opened 203 work orders.
Closed 151 work orders.
Fuel Prices: Unleaded: $2.17↓, Diesel $2.31
Diesel Mechanic position open
Fleet Manager and Diesel Mechanic attended Chemical Spill Training class
·       Weekly Availability:   95.07%
·       To see a listing of vehicles and equipment being sold visit the Anderson County Website at  click ‘Online Auction’ to view inventory and register.
Roads & Bridges
o   On call crew received 4 call outs; 3 downed trees, 1 hole under road, 4 crew members, 8 hours total
Sign Crew
o   16 open request, completed 21 request. Completed 40 sign task for Engineering Dept.
Bridge Crew
o   Continued work on Shiloh Church Road Project., also repaired hole under road on Parker Rd.
Asphalt Crew
o   Repaired 17 potholes (request [100%]), 13 driveway aprons, 1 Full depth patch (Parking lot at Townville Fire dept.), widen radius at intersection of Irby Rd. and Shlioh rd.
Grading Crew and Ditching Crew
o   7 x-line culvert repairs, 1 x-line culvert replace.
Vegetation Crew
o   Mowing season started April 1st.
o   18 tree request received, completed 15 tree task.
o   Mowing operation; section: 1 round 1
o   Mowing operation; section: 2 round 1
o   Mowing operation; section: 3 round 1
o   Mowing operation; section: 4 round 1
o   Mowing operation; section: 5 round 1; finished 1st round one week early.
o   Mowing operation; section: 6 round 1
o   Mowing operation; section: 7 round 1
o   6 Herbicide task completed
Engineering Crew
o   Completed pavement evaluations for 6 pavement segments.
o   22 paving estimates were completed
o   2 Right-of-way Inquiries, 5 Encroachment Permits worked on, 7 Right Of Way Acquisitions (10 in negotiations, 6 awaiting closing, 3 on hold )
o   3 Plan Approvals for Encroachment Permits
o   4 County Road Issues completed, 13 Encroachment Inspections completed. 8 final Inspection
o   Completed 2nd Plan review for Mayfield Woods Subdivision
·       Two vehicle accidents reported
·       Two safety meetings: Topics-Part 1 Building and Safety: Codes Explained 2014, How to Provide Extraordinary Customer Service: Fred Factor, Safety Update, Workers Compensation Claims, Tort/Property Claim, and Uber Safety
·       County Wide Safety Meeting: Topics-Old Business, Today’s Inspection, Presentation by Robert Benfield highlighting the success of our safety program
·       Constructed a Safety Procedure for Operating a Zero Turn Mower and Weed Eating
·       Attended and Prepared minutes from the County Wide Safety Meeting
Solid Waste
·       The Great Anderson County Cleanup runs from April 2019 through the end of May 2019 in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup. The total count on litter bags picked up at this time is 2518 and 447 tires. We appreciate everyone continuing to volunteer their time in picking up litter in Anderson County.
·       DHEC inspected the Starr C&D and the LCD landfills on April 18, 2019. Both cells met or exceeded all regulatory requirements.
·       Environmental Enforcement is continuing its efforts for ZERO TOLERANCE month. Law Enforcement all over South Carolina came to support the cause to fight litter. The push is Littering Is a Crime.
·       Environmental Enforcement caught an individual littering at Haynie Park at Broadway Lake. The individual was driving under suspension, 2 warrants from the City of Anderson and in possession of marijuana. The individual was charged and Anderson City Police transported the individual to jail.
·       Solid Waste Director attended Chemical Spill Response Training this week. The training satisfies the OSHA requirements for emergency responders, and includes 8 hours of training covering: Spill response procedures, decontaminations, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, chemical storage and handling, and more.
·       Participated in Fränkische’s Earth Day Celebration and road cleanup. Staff provided supplies for 20 volunteers and employees to collect litter along Paulan and AM Ellison Road.
·       Attended the Bosch Earth Day Celebration. We provided employees with recycling information for Anderson County.
·       Assisted with the Palmetto High School AFJROTC Cleanup by providing cleanup supplies, chaperoning during the cleanup and an Environmental Enforcement Officer followed with lights.
·       Staff installed a new 4-cubic yard compactor at the Whitefield Convenience Center replacing an old one.
·       Staff repaired electrical issue on conveyor line at Anderson Regional MRF.
·       Staff continues to work to recruit Adopt-A-Spot groups to help clean up the littered roads and areas in our county. We have 75 active Adopt-A-Spot groups.
·       We have 2 inmates for the convenience centers and 3 for the MRF this week due to a shortage of inmates on work detail at the Detention Center.
·       Did You Know? Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world. There are 6.5 billion cigarette butts littered every day.
·       Well testing results were received for one of the residences tested on Compton Road in Belton. A copy of the results was sent to the resident. DHEC stated that the sample results for the remaining residents will be mailed this week.
·       Two sites were issued cease and desist notices for land disturbing activity without permits. One site is near Wren School Road and Singing Hall Road and the other is off of Manse Jolly Road on Bluebird Lane.
·       Reviews were conducted for TTI Product Compliance Testing Center (3rd) and Paradise Vista Single Family Homes (2nd).
·       Issued an approval to terminate Euwe Wexler’s permit.
·       Staff attended annual 8-hour OSHA Chemical Spill Response training.
·       Pretreatment
o   Received and reviewed 6&20 Discharge Monitoring Report for March 2019.  Requested an edit to the report.  Ready for submittal after edit.
o   Received and reviewed creek samples. Submitted to SCDHEC as requested.
·       ROW
o   Cut the following ROW’s: Starr area, Michelin line, Pheasants Ridge, and Westwind.
o   Cleaned the line off Roxbury Ct. in Regency Park with our water jet. The line had roots growing inside it that would be a potential blockage later. They were entering into our line through a service tap
·       6&20 WWTP
o   The treatment plant bio-mass remains healthy and all parameter testing is within limits. The ammonia nitrogen levels have decreased considerably in the last two weeks. Plans are to perform another toxicity test in May.
o   Cleaned two drying beds this week and filled with sludge from digester.
·       Pump Station
o   Repaired leak in force main at Hwy. 86 #3. The force main had to be drained to replace a 4 ft. section of pipe that had a crack in it. When the force main was cut for the repair, wastewater over flowed at the containment area that was dug to minimize the spill. We contacted DHEC; they requested that we pull samples to test for eColi in the creek. These test required 24 hours for the results to come back from the lab. The tests results are in the acceptable levels for creek samples. The samples that we pulled had higher results above the spill than below the spill site.
o   Repaired a leaking force main on the Rock Tenn. line, this line had 2 small cracks in the force main. We called in a few pumper trucks to help with flow at the pump station while we drained the force main and maintained the flow during the repair. We installed a wraparound fitting to seal off the line so that no more wastewater could leak out of the pressurized line.
o   Received an odor complaint on Clemson Blvd., while searching for the source of the odor we found a manhole running over. We brought in our Vac Con to stop the line form overflowing and used our water jet machine to unstop the line. The line was stopped up with grease. We also contacted DHEC and Anderson Regional Water to inform them about the spill. We collected samples to be tested for eColi and we are waiting on these test results to come back from the lab.
o   Pulled pump #2 at Hwy. 76 and pump #1 at Northbound Rest Area because of long run times. Removed trash in the impellers and the pumps were put back into service.
·       Locating/Inspections
o   Contractor for Arthrex is only a couple hundred feet from the finish tie-in point. Due to the rain over the weekend they experienced a minor delay from installation due to heavy ground water which made for unsafe digging conditions. They are projecting that with no more setbacks to be finished by the end of the week. Once installation is complete we will be able to begin proper testing procedures which will include low pressure air and vacuum testing. Once the gravity portion of the project is complete we will then pressure test the newly installed force main and upon pass completion we will instruct them to tie into the pre-existing force main already located on-site.
o   Four crew members attended a Chemical Spill Response Training course to become certified in the handling and cleanup of a spill. The 8 hour certification course received will be valid for 1 year before recertification is required.
·       After Hour Calls
o   Forcemain at Hwy 86 #3 required 17 hours over time between 5 men.
o   Gravity line on Clemson Blvd. required 20 hours overtime between 4 men.


Public Works Weekly 19-04-26