Anderson County Council meeting Wednesday at Convention Center

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By Stan Welch
The Anderson County Council will meet for the first time in weeks on Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the convention center to accommodate the requisite distancing measures. The meeting is open to the public, and the council will address a lengthy agenda.
What follows are some of the highlights of that agenda, which consists of three pages. As usual, economic incentive provisions will be addressed, as the county continues its aggressive pursuit of industry and jobs. In addition, first reading approval will be considered for an ordinance that could establish Anderson County as a Second Amendment Sanctuary county. The council appointed an ad hoc committee to craft the ordinance a few weeks ago. This ordinance is the product of that committee, which included Sheriff Chad McBride, as well as other county and community voices.
First reading of a proposed ordinance which would establish a six month moratorium on the issuance of development permits for RV parks and tiny home subdivisions. Many of the proposed projects would be located in District Two, a circumstance that Councilwoman Gracie Floyd opposes.
District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson will sponsor a resolution requesting that SCDHEC require additional testing and remediation at the Kinder Morgan Plantation Pipeline leak in the Belton area. Wilson has relentlessly expressed her dissatisfaction with the efforts of both the company and the state agency in pursuing the cleanup of more than a quarter million gallons of petroleum products in the Cheddar community a decade ago.
The Council is also expected to approve a continuing resolution to maintain budget funding at last year’s levels, until conditions allow the creation of a new budget. Current conditions have severely impacted day to day county operations, which has slowed the gathering and review of information used in the formation of the budget.
Several bids for projects will be presented for approval, including more than a quarter million dollars in improvements at the Dolly Cooper kayak launch in Powdersville. An extended executive session is likely, as the Council is updated on the Joey Preston bankruptcy; the Joey Beeson lawsuit against the county, and legal advice on a contractual matter related to the Civic Center. Following the reception of legal advice on acquiring an easement for the Welpine sewer project, the Council may reconvene in regular session and take action on that matter.
District Six Councilman will request financial support for the Piedmont Historical Preservation Society and the PLAY organization, both situated in his district.