County Council approves funding for Convenience Center upgrades

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By Stan Welch
Anderson County Council moved briskly through an agenda that dealt with a variety of business matters during their meeting Tuesday.
They unanimously approved an incentive package for Bluebird Solar, LLC, which includes a fee in lieu of taxes (FILOT) agreement and certain special revenue credits. Anderson County Economic Development Director Burriss Nelson told the Council that the property in question generated sixty one dollars in taxes this year, a number which will leap to seventeen thousand in 2021, when the proposed solar farm is completed.
The Council also approved the transfer of a tract of land to the Town of Belton. District Three Councilman Ray Graham, who represents Belton, supported the transfer, saying that the property had more value to the town than any value it could have for the county.
Councilwoman Cindy Wilson, chair of the planning and public works committee reported to the full Council that her committee had voted to approve $3.1 million in capital improvements at various convenience centers as well as at the county recycling and recovery facility. Council followed the committee’s lead and unanimously approved the amount as well.
The committee also unanimously recommended the expenditure of $393,000 for a series of software and computer updates. Again, the full council followed suit, with Councilwoman Gracie Floyd opposed. Councilman Craig Wooten was out of town on business and did not attend.