Anderson County approves funding for improvements at Dolly Cooper Park

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By Stan Welch
Anderson County Council met for the first time in weeks on Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. The meeting was held at the convention center to accommodate the requisite distancing measures. The meeting was open to the public, and the council addressed a lengthy agenda.
As usual, economic incentive provisions were addressed, as the county continued its aggressive pursuit of industry and jobs. In addition, first reading approval was given to an ordinance that would 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 was given to 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.
Council passed a resolution, sponsored by District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson, 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 also approved 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 were accepted and approved, including more than a quarter million dollars in improvements at the Dolly Cooper kayak launch in Powdersville. An extended executive session ensued, as the Council was 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 issue was resolved and Council reconvened in regular session and voted to move forward with the projet.
   District Six Councilman Jimmy Davis received financial support for the Piedmont Historical Preservation Society and the PLAY organization, both situated in his district.