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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.

County settles on lawsuits

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Council concluded their budget preparations in a special called meeting Tuesday night and will reportedly finalize that budget with third reading approval at another special called meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 26. Following more than two hours of haggling and pencil sharpening, the council went into executive session to receive legal advice on two lawsuits that have been pending for almost five years now.

Wilson says county spending improves over previous years

By Stan Welch

It’s rare to find a town or county council whose agenda doesn’t include a reading of their budget at this time of the year, but the Anderson County Council plans to have at least one more budget workshop before bringing the county’s budget to the floor for a final vote.

As a result, the Council moved smoothly through an agenda which saw third reading approval given to the ordinances needed to approve the financial incentives given to E & I Engineering, which plans to create at least 250 jobs in the coming years. The company, which is occupying an existing building near Exit 21 on Interstate 85, is expected to have a total economic impact of $400 million over the next twenty years.

District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson made a presentation on several aspects of the pending budget, and on the county’s financial status in general.

Anderson County budget gets second reading

By Stan Welch

Anderson County Council agreed to provide the Anderson Interfaith Ministries with $10,000 to be used hopefully to leverage many thousands more in grants.

AIM’s proposal centered around the difference in the cost of demolishing substandard housing and the cost of repairing such housing; or better still using the money as matching funds for grants that could be many times that amount.

Duke, housing and budget top agenda for County Council

By Stan Welch

Anderson County Council made Duke Energy incentives official, heard a presentation on housing issues and discussed the budget during their meeting Tuesday.

Council put the final, and highly anticipated, stamp of approval on the incentive package used to entice Duke Energy to upgrade the Lee Steam Plant. The project to convert the plant to a natural gas fired facility will create as many as 500 construction jobs and bring a capital investment of between six hundred and seven hundred million dollars. A formal announcement of the project was made last week, but the final reading of the incentive ordinance took place last night.

Representatives of the Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) gave a presentation on that group’s efforts to address some of the housing issues in the county, and to seek ten thousand dollars from the County to support those efforts.

Project “Mystery Green” will have impact on area

Duke Energy

By Stan Welch

A gathering of civic, political and business leaders will appear at ten o’clock Friday morning at the Anderson Civic Center for the official announcement of the economic development project currently called Project Mystery Green.

The project is generally acknowledged to be a massive upgrade of the Lee Steam Plant, and it is designed in part to address environmental concerns about the plant; as well as to significantly increase the generation of power through the newer technology.

County approves fee in lieu for “Project Mystery Green”

Duke Energy/Lee Steam

By Stan Welch

Tuesday night, Anderson County Council, led by District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson, revisited a number of comments and remarks made by District Two Councilwoman Gracie Floyd at a recent meeting.

Wilson began her presentation by replaying a portion of the audio recording of the earlier meeting during which Floyd went into a long rant about how certain members of the Council overstep their authority. Her remarks also centered on when the Council was going to hire a full time administrator, instead of continuing to employ Rusty Burns as its ‘interim’ administrator.

County approves incentives encouraging company investment of $19 million

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Council continued its recent remarkable string of economic developments, by giving third reading approval of various incentives to the Carbon Resources Recovery SC LLC Tuesday night.

The company, which manufactures recycled tire materials, will invest $19 million and create approximately 30 jobs over the next two years. Anderson County Economic Development director Burriss Nelson said that the company will pay better than $18 an hour in wages, with an annual payroll of $1 million.

Magruder recongized for help in finding missing man

By County Council

By Stan Welch

A ten year old boy from north Anderson County was recognized for his efforts in locating an elderly neighbor who became disoriented and lost while on his daily walk one day last month.

The Anderson County Council presented Tallin Magruder and his family with a resolution, recognizing his efforts in finding Mr. Barry Thrasher, seventy-two, who suffers dementia and became lost in a wooded area near his home in the Powdersville/Easley area.

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