Category Archives: County news

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.

Around the County . . .

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

Anderson County Council hears recommendation

For Roads and Bridges DepartmentBy Stan Welch – The Anderson County Council received information from several entities Tuesday night, including the Appalachian Council of Government ( ACOG), and the Anderson Free Clinic. Perhaps the most important report they received was from Robin Haley, who represented the Matrix Consulting Firm, who recently completed a review of the County’s Roads and Bridges Department and its operations.

Population Update report reflects growth in Powdersville

By Stan Welch
As reported in a recent issue of The Journal, Anderson County has undertaken a project that will allow a more frequent and timely update on the county’s population growth, both in terms of sheer numbers, and in terms of demographics.
The Anderson County Population Update (ACPU) is designed to provide more topical information to be used in planning efforts. U.S. Census information is gathered only every ten years and usually takes more than a year to be compiled and subsequently released to the public.

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the follwoing projects underway across Anderson Countyu:
Building and Codes
Department Manager attended a Community Meeting at Orville Baptist Church to discuss the process of Substandard Housing Enforcement. We also discussed the progress the County has made over the past 3 years demolishing homes within the area and in Anderson County as a whole. The Petition of Complaint for Substandard Housing and our Tall Grass Complaint Forms were handed out for future use.

McBride outlines plan to improve law enforcement

At White Plains Crime WatchBy Stan Welch – Sheriff Chad McBride met with several dozen citizens and members of the White Plains Crime Watch last Thursday and outlined his plan to improve law enforcement, not only in that area, but across the county.
Much of the discussion focused on the issue of the overcrowded jail, and McBride’s proposal to address the problem.

County population continues to increase

By Stan Welch
Anderson County, in an effort to provide more current information on the changes in the county’s population, has released its first Population Update, as well as creating a new online Population Portal on the county website.
While the U.S. Census updates such information every ten years, other sources provide short term updates; but until now the county’s only mechanism for disseminating that information was the county’s comprehensive plan, which is revisited each ten years, with five year updates in between.

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway around Anderson County:
Building and Codes
Met with Development Standards to review plans submitted for permitting that’s part of a PD (Panned Development). Plans were approved as submitted

Anderson County planning new airport terminal

By Stan Welch
During the Anderson County Council meeting Tuesday, councilmembers discussed the Kinder Morgan fuel spill, spending of recreation funds, EMS and a new terminal for the county airport.
District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson gave the Anderson County Council an update Tuesday night on the cleanup of a 2014 fuel spill from the Plantation Pipeline in Cheddar. (See related story elsewhere in this issue.)

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway across the county:
Building and Codes
Due to State Inspector Registration requirements as outlined by the SC Building Codes Council, we are going to have to replace one of our Building Inspectors. Permitting/Inspections continues to be strong and this leaves us in a position to have to use other staff to off-set this, which in turn may affect other duties. We hope to have a replacement as soon as possible

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