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Crowder offers options for raising County revenue

Decries Act 388

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Council meeting Tuesday night could best be described as deja vu all over again, in the words of Yogi Berra.

Greg Skipper, of the Calvary Home for Children, informed the Council that South Carolina has more than four thousand children in need of foster homes, with two hundred fifty five in Anderson County alone. The agenda then became repetitious as first Councilman Frances Crowder and then Councilwoman Gracie Floyd repeated their budget concerns; concerns last heard two weeks ago at the last Council meeting.

County sales tax, road fee being discussed for roads

By Stan Welch

Anderson County Council gave second reading approval to the 2016-2017 budget as proposed, despite several recommendations from the District Two Council member.

In a segment of the agenda set aside for Councilwoman Gracie Floyd’s thoughts on the budget, she raised the issue of a one cent sales tax to help defray the costs of roads and bridges. She quickly muddled the issue, however, by repeatedly confusing the one cent tax, which would be a local option sales tax, with the revenues dedicated to roads and bridges, with the two cent hospitality tax.

Anderson County Council authorizes loan for mill site cleanups

Authorizes restrictions on three roads

By Stan Welch

During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson County Council approved an ordinance which will allow the elections commission to conduct the municipal elections of the town of Pelzer in odd numbered years. Council also authorized the County to obtain a loan from the Catawba Council of Governments to be used in cleanup efforts at the Toxaway and Pelzer mill sites.

First reading approval was given to a proposed ordinance sponsored by Councilwoman Wilson to restrict heavy trucks from Hopewell, Cheddar and Breazeale roads. A public hearing of the matter will be conducted at the next Council meeting.

There seemed to be little, if any, thawing Tuesday night of the frosty atmosphere that prevailed at the last Council meeting.

Floyd accuses Chairman of bullying

During presentation to council

By Stan Welch

What began two weeks ago as a spat between District Two Councilwoman Gracie Floyd and several members of the Anderson County Council accelerated Tuesday night, as Floyd presented a prepared audio visual rebuttal to the Council and audience. The incident two weeks ago began in the most unlikely of circumstances. An item on the agenda dealing with the convention and visitors bureau came up. The proposal is for the county to sever its partnership with Innovate Anderson and the city of Anderson and establish an independent convention and visitor’s bureau. (CVB)

County debuts cable channel, to host SC Horse Expo Saturday

By Stan Welch

Anderson County is on the air! At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Anderson County Council, the Anderson County Network cable channel debuted. The channel, which will both broadcast on Charter and stream live, will provide information and content provided by the County, various school districts, civic organizations, charities, Clemson Extension Service, and other sources.

County Administrator Rusty Burns said that the service is designed to pull the far flung corners of the county together,at least electronically. “This is a very large and very diverse county. We feel like this will help pull us all a little bit closer together, and give us all a better understanding of our fellow Andersonians,” Burns said.

County Council approves economic incentives

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Council moved briskly through an agenda filled with ordinances dealing with topics ranging from rezoning to providing economic incentive to potential industries considering locating in the county.

Approximately thirteen acres were given final approval for rezoning to a planned development status, while another vote assured future enforcement of reporting requirements for civic and charity groups receiving public funds.

Incentives continue to drive Economic Development

By Stan Welch

Anderson County Council continued its approval of present and future economic developments in The Journal’s coverage area Tuesday night, giving necessary approvals to various incentive agreements for two projects.

The first, Euwe Eugen Wexler U.S. Plastics Inc., received final approval of several incentives, as well as approval of their purchase of approximately eleven acres of land from the county. The company purchased a spec building built by the county in order to attract industry to the Alliance Park. The site included a fifty thousand square foot building shell built by the county. Economic development director Burriss Nelson reported to the Council that the company is already planning to expand the building, possibly before they even open the facility.

Palmetto AFJROTC presents colors at County Council meeting

By Stan Welch

Anderson County Council meeting began with the presentation of the colors by the Palmetto High School Air Force Junior ROTC Tuesday night. That was followed by an appearance by Ms. Misty Nicholson, whose husband Trooper Eric Nicholson was killed in the line of duty in 2000.

Following his death, she raised funds to acquire a K-9 officer in his honor. She experienced such a response that she started a foundation and has since provided police dogs to several different departments.

Also on hand was Anderson County Deputy Creamer, who lost his K-9 partner in December, from cancer.

Anderson County looks at program to deal with feral hogs

By Stan Welch

Feral hogs were the center of attention at Tuesday night’s Anderson County Council meeting, as officials from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Clemson University were on hand to discuss a pilot program designed to provide real hands on solutions to the growing problem.

Noel Myers, state director of wildlife services for the USFWS, explained that the feral hog program he has been running has received additional funding, allowing him to expand the program and make it more of a “boots on the ground” approach than a study.

Zoning changes will allow duplex housing at Club Road

By Stan Welch

Anderson County Council started early Tuesday night, with an investiture ceremony prior to the first meeting of the year.

The meeting, at which Pastor Bill Rigsby, of North Anderson Baptist Church, spoke and administered the oaths of office, was followed by a reception. Councilman Mitchell Cole, from District Three, was the only new addition to the Council.

Council then convened and one of their first acts was to adopt a resolution recognizing the newly formed Mill Town Players theater group from Pelzer for its accomplishments in the arts. Chief among those achievements was the group’s winning of the South Carolina Theater Festival.

Settlement being negotiated in closing of Lewis Drive

By Stan Welch

Tuesday night’s Anderson County Council meeting marked a rather unhappy anniversary for some, namely that of the awarding of former county administrator Joey Preston with a $1.2 million severance package exactly six years earlier. That action, which has resulted in years of litigation and hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses, was the most significant action taken by the 2008 County Council, but it was certainly not the only one that resulted in a long drawn out legal battle.

On the anniversary of one momentous act by the Council, a much different Council voted to accept a settlement of a case that has lasted even longer. The closing of Lewis Drive in the Cheddar community in 2008 was bitterly opposed by the area’s residents, who argued that access to the area by emergency responders, as well as school buses, would be impacted.

Burns officially named County Administrator

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Council finally removed the ‘interim’ from county administrator Rusty Burns’ title, ending a stretch of approximately five years during which the issue, which really wasn’t much of an issue, persisted.

The Council had intended to take the action at the last Council meeting, but the minutes of the personnel committee meeting at which the recommendation was approved were unavailable. Council chairman and personnel committee member Tommy Dunn postponed the final vote so that the minutes could be on hand. “We don’t want anyone to say that we tried to sneak anything by them,” said Dunn at the time.

Decision on status of Administrator postponed

Anderson County Council

By Stan Welch

The most anticipated agenda matter for Anderson County Council during their meeting Tuesday, which involving the interim status of County Administrator Rusty Burns, was delayed until the next meeting.

The cause for the delay in taking action on the recommendation of the personnel committee, which met last Friday, was the absence of that committee’s meeting minutes in the packet provided to the Council before the meeting.

The minutes were not included because the personnel committee met last Friday, almost simultaneously with the preparation and issuance of the agenda. As Councilwoman Cindy Wilson pointed out, it was virtually impossible to include those minutes. “The meeting may have still been underway. The timing just wasn’t there.”

County to build industrial spec building

In Alliance Park

By Stan Welch

Faced with an almost complete lack of available industrial buildings for use in its economic development efforts, the Anderson County Council recently approved the purchase of twenty acres of land in the Alliance Park, and the construction of a speculative industrial building on the site.

The Council has been considering the possibility for more than two years, as the County’s remarkably successful economic development department has found tenants for building after building. The County has seen thousands of jobs come to the County, as well as thousands more being retained by expansions of existing businesses.

County Council recognizes Miss SC, Miss Teen SC

By Stan Welch

Two young women with strong ties to the Powdersville area were honored by the Anderson County council Tuesday night.

Lanie Hudson was chosen as Miss South Carolina on June 28th. She is a cum laude Clemson University graduate a member of both the President’s and Dean’s Lists, and a member of the Blue Key scholastic society.

She is also a two time national clogging champion and a long time advocate for organ donation. She began a project to encourage organ donation in 2007 and currently serves as a spokesperson for DonateLifeSC. The County Council approved a resolution recognizing her achievements.

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