Category Archives: County news

Roads, recreation facilities top list for Powdersville

Northeast Anderson County Area PlanBy Stan Welch
It’s official. The preliminary results of a study of the northeast part of Anderson County confirms that the people in Powdersville and surrounding areas want better roads, more recreational facilities, and more autonomy over the area’s future development, as long as getting those things doesn’t raise their taxes.

County unemployment rate drops to 3.5 percent

Anderson County’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.8% in March as 548 county residents found employment during the month, according to the latest statewide labor force report issued by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. The report also showed that employment increased from 85,252 in March of 2016 to 86,582 in March 2017.

Ballard Road closed for repairs

Anderson County Roads and Bridges Department has closed Ballard Road (C-6-41) for repairs to x-line. The closure is between Highway 29 North and Stoneybrook Road, and will remain closed until repairs are complete. The completion date has not been determined, and will be provided when that date is known.

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway across the county:

Building and Codes
1. Have one vacant position (Building Inspector I) we are trying to fill.
2. PERMITS SUBMITTED: 29 New Single-Family Dwelling and 7 Addition-Renovation; 1 Duplex; 7 Detached Garage/Accessory Building; 2 Renewal; 4 Swimming Pools; 14 Demolition; 185 issued for Electrical and HVAC Upgrades; 15 Commercial Including:

Around the County . . .

 Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects around Anderson County:
Building and Codes
1. No information at time of report
 
Development Standards
1. MEETINGS HELD:
The Land Use Board of Zoning Appeals met on Thursday April 13, 2017 and approved 15 variances and tabled one variance for 30 days for additional information.

Shiloh Church Road closure postponed

Due to a change in bids for the project, the Anderson County Roads and Bridges Department will postpone closing a portion of Shiloh Church Road near Highway 17 in the Wren community.
Bids for the projects to replace the west bridge near Shiloh Creek Subdivision are due April 27 and closing of the roadway will be announced soon after that.

Floyd addresses fellow county council about treatment during meetings

By Stan Welch
Every circus has a star, and Tuesday night, at the Anderson County council meeting, the star was District Two Councilwoman Gracie Floyd.
Feeling offended and oppressed by the actions of the Council Chair at the last meeting, Floyd sought and received fifteen minutes on the agenda to redress her grievances. It was simply Floyd’s latest in a series of numerous complaints about her treatment as a black woman on a largely white male council.

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underweay across the county:

Building and Codes
1. Have one vacant position (Building Inspector I) we are trying to fill.
2. PERMITS SUBMITTED: 12 New Single-Family Dwelling and 4 Addition-Renovation; 3 Detached Garage/Accessory Building; 4 Swimming Pools; 1 Demolition; 83 for Electrical and HVAC Upgrades; 5 Commercial Including: Dollar General in Pelzer, Verizon Wireless Co-Located/Electrical

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway across the county:
Animal Shelter
1. Have 3 full time animal caretaker positions open, 3 part time animal caretaker positions open and a part time maintenance position open. 
2. Took in 136 animals this week: 54 owner surrender, 8 return adoptions, 54 from animal control and 20 strays.

US Highway 29 improvements scheduled over next two years

By Stan Welch
The future of Highway 29 North was made clear to the Anderson County Council Tuesday night, as several SCDOT representatives provided an update on various aspects of the plans for the highway.
Chris Jordan explained that there are four sites of interest along the highway, which skirts the Williamston area. The most recent in a continuing series of collisions with the SC Highway 20 overpass made that site ground zero for emergency repairs that have also provided some temporary relief for the low overpass which led to so many accidents.

Shiloh Church Road to close for bridge work

The County’s Roads and Bridges Department will close a portion of Shiloh Church Road near Highway 17 in the Wren community on Tuesday, April 4, to replace the west bridge near Shiloh Creek Subdivision.
The roadway will be closed between Highway 17 and Cane Hill Drive C-01-0307 for approximately one year.

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway around Anderson County:

Building and Codes
Phase II of our Substandard Housing Demolition Plan has been awarded to Wilma’s Pump & Tank Company. This includes 4 Substandard Structures located at: 1) 103 Cassandra Turn, 2) 124 Oakdale Road, 3) 2926 Chambers Road 4) 3018 South Main Street. We continue to make progress in cleaning up these dilapidated structures thanks to County Council

Overcrowding, other problems plague aging county jail

Study to look at problems, remedies By Stan Welch
– Efforts by Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride and Anderson County Council to address fifteen years of serious overcrowding at the Anderson County Detention Center (ACDC) continue, as the Sheriff has contacted the U.S.

Officials celebrate ADA Kayak Launch opening

In Pelzer By Stan Welch – On a raw, rainy day, a variety of county officials and dignitaries gathered on the banks of the Saluda River in Pelzer to officially open Anderson County’s second kayak launch. The Timmerman Jr. Kayak Launch Facility is fully compliant with the American Disabilities Act, and will provide access to the river, in addition to an identical facility located at the Dolly Cooper Park. The Dolly Cooper facility was the first ADA kayak launch in the state.

Ribbon cutting held for ADA kayak launch

On the Saluda – Anderson County held a ribbon cutting Monday, for a second ADA floating kayak launch facility on the Saluda River. The accessible floating kayak launch facility provides an opportunity for all to transfer independently into kayaks beginning their journey down the Saluda River.

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