During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson County Council approved first reading on an ordinance establishing a special tax district for the River Oaks subdivision and authorized a grant for pickleball courts at Hurricane Springs Park.
During the meeting, Anderson County PAWS was recognized for receiving the No Kill South Carolina’s Organization of the Year Award. Abigail Kamleiter, Director No Kill South Carolina/Charleston Animal Society, presented the award to Dr. Kim Sanders, Anderson County PAWS Director and Veterinarian.
Chairman Tommy Dunn said the shelter would not be where it is today without Dr. Sanders and the staff. “You all have done a tremendous job,” he said. “You all make it possible.”
Following the presentation, Council unanimously approved second reading on an ordinance to amend an agreement with Greenville County for a joint county industrial and business park in Greenville County. The park is located at the northeast intersection of North Main Street and East Washington in Greenville.
Council unanimously approved first reading on an ordinance to create the River Oaks Special Tax District in Powdersville. Dunn said the roads in the subdivision are not up to county standards and proceeds from a bond sale will be used to bring the streets up to county standards. River Oaks Subdivision is located at the intersection of SC Hwy. 8 and SC Hwy. 81 in the Wren community.
Council approved first reading on a fee in lieu tax agreement for project “Lifeboat” which Anderson County Economic Development Director Burris Nelson said will bring $20,270,000 in capital investment to the county along with 60 new jobs starting at $42.47 per hour.
Council also approved a fee in lieu tax agreement for project “Yell”. According to Nelson, this will be for a second expansion of a local company with a $6 million capital investment, resulting in 80 new jobs at minimum pay of $22.64 per hour. The five year impact for the County will be $33 million and 30 year impact will be $119 million.
Council approved a resolution authorizing the Administrator to enter into an agreement for a preliminary engineering report for potential demand for a new wastewater treatment plant in the Starr-Iva area of the county.
According to County Administrator Rusty Burns, the county has had a number of requests for sewer service in that part of the county and a new facility will allow for residential and business growth and needs of the school district.
Council also approved a resolution to allow the Administrator to approve the selection of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. to provide engineering service for a capacity upgrade of the Pendleton wastewater treatment facility. Burns said the engineering firm has already been involved in the joint project between Pendleton and Clemson and an expansion will allow the county to expand development in that area. District 4 Councilman Brett Sanders said the expansion will allow more capacity and is a great opportunity to partner with Clemson and Pendleton.
Council approved a resolution to accept a SC Parks and Recreation Development (PARD) grant of $50,000 for upgrades of the Kidventure playground at the Civic Center. The grant was secured by the Anderson County Legislative Delegation and the County has already approved funding which will cover the required match.
Council approved a resolution supporting Red Bullet Masters, LLC as a sponsor affiliate to a fee in lieu of tax and special source credit agreement between the company and Anderson County for expansion project “Malibu”. The agreement will allow for a 50,000 sq. ft. warehouse facility.
Council also approved a bid for improvements at Hurricane Springs Park located at 395 Roper Road, Piedmont. District 6 Councilman Jimmy Davis said the old Hurricane Springs Park tennis courts are being removed and had served their purpose and “the community wants pickleball”.
The project includes construction of eight USAPA standard pickleball courts, ADA compliant walkways, parking spaces, fencing, electrical and other related work. The bid was awarded to Lesley Courts and Paving, LLC. The local company was awarded the $312,000 bid which includes $15,200 for lighting.
Council approved the purchase of property near Green Pond for $250,000.
During comments, District 7 Councilwoman Cindy Wilson said there will be planning committee meeting Friday at noon and there is an upcoming SCDOT hearing in Williamston regarding Welcome Road and McAlister Road intersections.
Councilman Jimmy Davis again applauded the great success of the Anderson County Animal Shelter (PAWS) and the success of the recent Bass Master Classic event held on Lake Hartwell.
He also announced that the 12th annual Saluda River Rally will be held June 4. The event features kayak and canoe float trips on the river and other activities and is based at the Dolly Cooper Park in Powdersville.