West Pelzer approves annexation, sale of GO bond


West Pelzer Town Council held second reading on an ordinance annexing property, appointed two planning commission members and approved the issuance of a general obligation bond up to $156,000 which will save the town money.

Council approved second reading on an ordinance to annex property located on Palmetto Road including 62.94 acres belonging to developer Ryan Vicars. The property, located between West Stewart Street and Dendy Street, is zoned R-15 (minimal 15,000 SF lot size) which permits residential use of the property. Lots will range from a minimum size of one half acre to one acre.
Mayor Blake Sanders said he expects approximately 42 new homes to be constructed over the next two years.

Council approved the refinance of a 2016 GO bond and 2012 Hospitality Tax bond that will reduce the interest rate from 3.75 percent to around 2 percent. The refi will free up hospitality funds and was recommended by the SC Municipal Association and the town’s bond attorney, Town Clerk Paula Payton said. Mayor Blake Sanders said when the first GO bond was issued he worried about being able to make the payments from hospitality tax receipts, but said, “We’ve grown and shown that it works.”

West Pelzer Town Council will hold a worksession on Friday, March 12 at 9 a.m. to have a mid year budget review and a 2019-21 audit review. Court is expected to resume soon.

Payton reported the Public Works Department completed 18 work orders during February.
West Pelzer Police Chief Alexis Eliopoulos reported the department had 15 reports with 10 arrests.
Arrests include 6 for traffic related charges, 3 drug charges, 1 failure to stop for blue lights, 2 warrants served, 1 possession of a stolen vehicle. There were 44 tickets written and 28 warnings.
Officers recently completed legal update training.
To reach an officer call 947-6297 option 5 or Anderson County Dispatch at 864-260-4444. For emergincies call 911.
Jeff Lee and Mike Scroggs were appointed to the town’s planning commission.