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Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway across the county:
Building and Codes
PERMITS SUBMITTED: 35 New Single-Family Dwelling and 6 Addition-Renovation; 15 Detached Garage/Accessory Building; 5 Swimming Pools; 2 Replacement; 15 Demolition; 165 for Electrical and HVAC Upgrades; 14 Commercial Including: Sanders Storage Building, Hwy 187 Storage P Expansion,

Public invited for input on Northeast County Plan

Anderson County District Six Councilman Ken Waters will host a public meeting on Monday, February 13 at the Powdersville Library to begin the process of formulating the Northeast County Area Plan (NECAP).

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway across Anderson County:
 Development Standards
SITE PLAN REVIEW: 
Belton Honea Path High School Addition, Honea Path.
Anderson Career Center located at 702 Belton Highway, Williamston.
McDonald’s Restaurant Addition located on the Frontage Road, Piedmont.
Powdersville YMCA Olympic swimming pool Highway 81.
Cook Dental Office on Highway 86, Piedmont.

Public invited for input on Northeast County Plan

For Powdersville AreaBy Stan Welch
District Six Councilman Ken Waters will host a public meeting on Monday, February 13 at the Powdersville Library to begin the process of formulating the Northeast County Area Plan (NECAP).
The meeting is a reflection of the extraordinary rate of growth in that part of the county, a rate that County Planning Director Michael Forman says requires additional effort and preparation.

Officials meet with public to discuss Kinder Morgan spill

By Stan Welch
Approximately one hundred and twenty five area residents joined county and DHEC officials at the Cedar Grove Elementary School Tuesday night for an update on the Plantation Pipeline cleanup efforts.
County Council members Ray Graham (D3), Cindy Wilson (D7) and Chairman Tommy Dunn (D5) were joined by a handful of DHEC engineers and staffers. No representatives of Kinder Morgan were present at the meeting,

SCDOT project info now available online

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has released another step to make the agency transparent and accountable, while at the same time providing a user-friendly and convenient way for the public to view the progress of highway and bridge projects.

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Anderson County Public Works reported the following projects underway:
Development Standards
? UPCOMING MEETINGS:
§  Anderson County Citizens Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday February 1, 2017 at 6:30PM to hear the following;
§  Special Exception Application to allow for the construction of a new 11,000 athletic facility at BHP, Honea Path-, District 3

Pallet removal underway at Pelzer mill property

By David Meade/Stan Welch

Residents of the lower mill village in Pelzer will be glad to know that work has officially begun to remove a great eyesore and what many consider to be a hazard, from the lower mill property.  According to Anderson County Planning Director Michael Forman Bulk Tower, a company from near Atlanta, began work on removing the pallets this week. The contract allows for thirty days to complete the removal and disposal, but Forman said he anticipates a shorter time than that. Foreman said the County and the Pelzer Heritage Commission have been working together to obtain funding for the cleanup and the County also assisted in letting the bids and awarding the contract.

Forman explained that the company can dispose of the pallets in any way that they wish, so long as the method is legal. “They can grind them, they can burn them, they can recycle them. Once they are off the site, they belong to the company.”

According to Pelzer Mills Properties LLC Chairman Larry Coker, the pallets are currently being carried by truck to the Twin Chimney Land Fill in South Greenville County. Coker said the removal of pallets from the lower mill property is a big step for the area.

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

Building and Codes – Plan Review Staff Meetings: Met with Engineer and Contractor to review future plans to be submitted for Tidal Wave Car Wash. Various issues were addressed including Handicap Accessibility.

PERMITS SUBMITTED: 8 New Single-Family Dwelling  and 5 Addition-Renovation;1 Replacement; 4 Detached Garage/Accessory Building; 3 Swimming Pools; 1 Demolition; 54 for Electrical and HVAC Upgrades; 9 Commercial Including:  Eagle Storage Office Building, Eagle Storage Climate Controlled Building, Eagle Storage Building B, Eagle Storage Building C, Eagle Storage Building D, Siloam Baptist Church Dining Hall, Falls @ Meehan Monument Sign, Bethel Baptist Church Covered Walkway Repair, 3-Phase Electrical Service for Equipment to Existing Business; 7 Mobile Home including: New Homes, Change of Ownership, moves from other counties, change of location, etc.

Kinder Morgan fuel cleanup continues to get council attention

By Stan Welch

Interest in the issues created by the 2014 fuel spill by the Kinder Morgan company at the Belton tank farm continues to expand across the county, and among the members of the County Council, as evidenced by the events at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The spill, which involved approximately three hundred and fifty thousand gallons of gasoline, occurred when a repair patch on the company’s pipeline failed. District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson has been involved for some time in seeking to require a total cleanup of the polluted waters by the company. She has also been demanding more timely information about the cleanup from DHEC.

Anderson County Emergency Management anticipates coming snow

Anderson County Emergency Management urges residents to monitor local news and weather outlets and plan to stay indoors and off the road as a major snow-producing storm edges towards the Upstate. Sheriff Chad McBride along with interim Emergency Management Director, Lt. David Baker, coordinated readiness efforts Thursday afternoon and preparations are underway to pre-stage resources in anticipation of the coming snow storm.

During today’s meeting, representatives from county departments, fire, EMS, local non-profits, utilities providers and State agencies, including the South Carolina National Guard, assessed concerns and reviewed plans to ensure the county is prepared to address critical needs that might arise. As the anticipated storm approaches, residents are reminded to:

Anderson County Council swears in two new members

Floyd aligns with Wilson on Kinder Morgan fuel spill – By Stan Welch

The newly installed Anderson County Council swore in two new members, elected a chairman and vice chairman and moved quickly through an abbreviated agenda Tuesday night. Craig Wooten was sworn in as the District One Council representative, replacing Francis Crowder, who chose not to run again this year. Councilman Ray Graham, who defeated incumbent Mitchell Cole in the republican primary and then defeated former councilman Eddie Moore, was installed as the District Three representative.

The Council then moved to re-elect Councilman Tommy Dunn as chairman Dunn defeated Tom Allen by a vote of 4-3. In a bit of a surprise, Councilman Ray Graham was elected as vice chairman, again defeating councilman Allen by a margin of four to three.

Anderson County unemployment rate at 3.6 %

Anderson County’s unemployment rate dropped from 4.2% in October to 3.6% in November, according to a report released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW). Anderson County is tied with Berkeley and Dorchester counties for the 7th-lowest unemployment rate among the 46 South Carolina counties. Anderson County’s employment has increased by more than 2,200 over the last twelve months.

Around the County . . .

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

Building and Codes

PERMITS SUBMITTED: 25 New Single-Family Dwelling and 8 Addition-Renovation; 6 Poultry Houses; 1 Storage Shelter; 1 Detached Garage/Accessory Building; 1 Pole Barn; 1 Pool; 5 Demolition Permits; 156 Electrical and HVAC Upgrades; 7 Commercial Including: Anderson Ford Mazda Body Shop, Burger King Sign, Wall Street Commons Sign, 2 New Signs for Three Bridges Commons, Gas Pack Change-out for Existing Business, Marshane Corp. new Mechanical Systems; 16 Mobile Home including: New Homes, Change of Ownership, moves from other counties, change of location, etc.

TTI announces major expansion in Anderson County

Anderson County and State officials joined representatives of Techtronic Industries (TTI), a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of quality consumer, professional and industrial products, for a major annoncement Thursday that the company is expanding its Power Equipment Group’s operations in Anderson County. The $75 million investment is expected to create 250 new jobs in the Upstate over the next several years.

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