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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.

Crowder offers thoughts for County

By Stan Welch

Tuesday night, Anderson County Councilman Francis Crowder, feeling somewhat liberated by his decision not to seek reelection this year, offered his thoughts on the strategic vision the county should be following.

Crowder, finishing up his second term, began his presentation by citing the House of Representatives’ recent passage of yet another budget that cuts the aid to subdivisions, or the percentage of tax revenues returned by the state to the various counties. “It appears that the State legislature is shorting the counties by about seventy million more than the deal they had made,” said Crowder.

County moves to appeal judge’s decision in Preston case

To SC Supreme Court

By Stan Welch

More than three months after a contentious decision to authorize county attorneys to pursue the appeal of the decisions rendered in the County’s case versus Joey Preston, the legal documents to move that appeal to the South Carolina Supreme Court were filed last week.

Upgrades, new plant planned for Lee Steam site

During their meeting Tuesday night, Anderson County Council approved major economic and infrastructure incentives realated to Duke Energy’s intentions to upgrade the Lee Steam Station near Williamston. The company is considering plans to build and run a natural-gas-fired plant at the site which will include a $600 million investment.

Anderson Council officials are still calling the project by the code name “Project Mystery Green,” though published reports have identified it as the Lee Steam Station project.

If the company proceeds, the new plant would take up to 18 months to build and add an estimated 500 construction jobs. The plant will employ 25 people making an average of $30 per hour a Duke Energy spokesperson said.

According to reports, the company has not made the final decision on whether to build the new natural gas plant but could make a final decision this spring. Duke Energy has stated plans to retire two of its coal-burning generators at Lee Steam by 2105 and convert a third one to natural gas.

County Council approves economic incentives for “Project Mystery Green”

By Stan Welch

Anderson County Council unanimously passed an inducement resolution identifying a power generating project of a company identified only as Project Mystery Green Tuesday night. Since there are only so many power generating companies in the area, and only one that District Six Councilman Ken Waters works for, his request to recuse himself from the discussion and vote narrowed it down to one. That would be Duke Energy. (See related story)

The resolution expresses the Council’s intent to offer certain tax and infrastructure incentives at the appropriate time. Economic Development Director Burriss Nelson told the Council that the existing site, i.e. the Lee Steam Plant, currently generates $2.64 million in annual ad valorem taxes. That amount will increase to $4.1 million in the first year of expanded operations. In addition, inclusion of the property in a multi-county industrial park will generate an additional $1.8 million, bringing the annual amount to $5.69 million.

County approves incentives for Lee Steam project

During their meeting Tuesday night, Anderson County Council approved major economic and infrastructure incentives realated to Duke Energy’s intentions to upgrade the Lee Steam Station near Williamston. The company is considering plans to build and run a natural-gas-fired plant at the site which will include a $600 million investment. Anderson Council officials are still calling the project by the code name “Project Mystery Green,” though published reports have identified it as the Lee Steam Station project.

County passes law regulating puppy mills

By Stan Welch

After nine months of public input, controversy and tweaking, Anderson County Council finally passed an ordinance regulating the commercial sale of dogs. The ordinance seeks to regulate the so called puppy mills and insure that breeders/sellers are legitimate and ethical concerns.

Economic Development highlights County Council meeting

By Stan Welch

Tuesday night’s Anderson County Council meeting included a presentation by Councilman Francis Crowder in support of a proposed major economic development initiative.

Crowder made a visual and audio power point presentation acknowledging Anderson County’s job creation efforts during 2013, pointing out that almost nine hundred jobs resulted from the expansion of ten existing businesses, and the decision by three new companies to locate in the county.

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