Around the County . . .


Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway:

Animal Shelter
· We were able to save 95% of the animals in our care this week!
· INTAKES:  146 (5 owner surrender, 2 return adoptions, 53 from animal control, 76 strays and 10 transferred in).
· OUTCOMES: 63 animals adopted, 3 died, 6 were euthanized for illness or aggression, 2 animals were owner requested euthanasia, 63 were returned to their owners and 21 were sent to rescue.
· Clinic performed 150 spay/neuter surgeries.
· There are currently 181 large dogs, 21 small dogs, 41 puppies, 18 cats and 31 kittens in the facility.
· There are 6 animals being held for court.
· There are 182 animals available for adoption. 113 of those have already been altered (62%).
· PAWS received $546.15 cash donations, $170.00 in donations for the Dog Park.
· PAWS is participating in the national Clear the Shelters Event.  All adoption fees are waived Friday and Saturday.

Building and Codes
·         ISO (Insurance Services Office) came in and evaluated our department based on their Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS). This occurs every 5 years and the intent is to determine how well a Community enforces its Building Codes. Grading is from 1 to 10 with 1 being the best score. Overall the evaluation went very well and we should find out what we scored within a few weeks. Ultimately it is the homeowners who gain from this by having well enforced, up to date codes, which leads to reduced insurance rates.
·         21 Single-Family Dwellings; 4 Addition/Renovation Permits; 6 Detached Garage/Accessory Buildings; 1 Residential Swimming Pool Permit; 7 Demolition Permits; 6 Replacement Permits; 25 Permits issued for Electrical and HVAC Upgrades including 4 Residential Solar
·         4 Commercial Permits Including: Vantage Apartments Community Pool, Electrical for Irrigation System for Raven Hills Subdivision, Electrical For Cobb’s Glenn, HVAC Replacement on Existing Business
·         19 Mobile Home permits including: New Homes, Change of Ownership, moves from other counties, change of location, etc.
·         Drawings submitted for: Fire Alarm Drawings for Blue Ridge Electrical Co-op, New Sign for Dollar General in Honea Path, Elite Physical Therapy Upfit – Part II in Powdersville and Various resubmittals
Development Standards
o Anderson County Planning Commission met on Tuesday August 14, 2018 at 6:00PM.
§ Approved Raven Hills Subdivision (no opposition).
o Denied Townhomes at Craven Creek located on Childress Circle-14 area property owners in opposition.
o Denied variance application for an encroachment permit for Vining’s Crossings, Belton.
o Anderson County Citizens Advisory Committee for District 5 & District 7 will meet on Wednesday September 5, 2018 at 6:30pm to hear the following;
§ Special Exception Application to allow for an accessory structure prior to construction of single-family home located on McAlister Road, Belton.
§ Variance request for a reduction of setbacks located on Johnson Trail, Anderson.
o TTI Innovative Center-Project NASA- Improvements located on Innovative Drive/Wigfall
o Anderson Regional Airport Terminal Expansion
o Palmetto Middle School Expansion
o Elite Integrated Therapy located at 3527 Highway 153, Powdersville
o New Commercial Office for Fisher Properties located at Pearman Dairy Road, Anderson
o Floodplain Development Permit at Effie Drive located on Saluda River
o Floodplain Development Permit for 1621 Burns Bridge Road, Anderson
o Ace, Whitt, and Pelzer Solar Development Projects for Southern Current located on Mt Springs Road, Piedmont
o Family Dollar Whitehall Road, Anderson
o Sullivan Hills, PD (Planned Development) approved for eight new residential home sites
o Carriage Hill Subdivision
o Raven Hills
o Ivey Acres RV Park located off of River Road, Piedmont
o Little Creek RV Park
o Sullivan’ Hills
o Planned Development located on Highway 29N adjacent to Forest Lawn Cemetery
o Wren Woods Subdivision
o Quality Tire, S. Main Street, Anderson

Roads & Bridges
·         Vegetation Crews worked on trimming tree limbs and cleaning up tree debris from roadways. Mowing Crews continued to mow right-of-way.
·         Grading Crew continued work on Shiloh Church Road East Project where they are replacing a bridge with a large culvert.
·         Bridge Crew continued to work on Green Pond Landing Bathroom Project; repaired a damaged chain link fence a tree fell on.
·         Numerous Employees attended training on Understanding and Utilizing the MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices), which included class training along with field audit.
·         Staff attended a workshop on Overview of Road Safety Practices, which included a field review of three different Anderson County roads.
·         Reviewed preliminary plat for Chimney Hill Subdivision on Barr Circle.
·         Reviewed road plans (3rd review) for Wren Woods Subdivision on SC Hwy 81.
·         6 Vacancies: (1) Engineering Tech. (2) Laborers, (1) Heavy Equipment Operator – pending, (1) Truck Driver, (1) Foreman – pending.
·         On-call crew received 9 after-hours call-outs for a total of approximately 16 man-hours: 8 fallen trees, 1 stop sign.

· A Corrective Action Plan Agreement was signed by the owner of Sandy Farms Farm. Long-term compliance problems have existed and enforcement efforts have not been effective. The agreement is a final effort to get the deficiencies corrected.
· Pre-cons held and approvals issued for Barrington Creek, Little River RV, and Family Dollar- Whitehall Rd and Lakewood Ln.
· Cease and desist notices were issued to TTi Innovation Center, Carriage Hill Subdivision, Hemlock Subdivision Phase 2, and New Anderson Office Building.
· The New Anderson Office Building site achieved compliance and the cease and desist notice was lifted.
· Staff met with TTi representatives to discuss the site’s deficiencies. Also, a major modification application was submitted, reviewed, and approved.
· Staff attended the SC APWA annual conference in Greenville.

Solid Waste
· Governor Henry McMaster signed Act 214 of 2018, amending the South Carolina Code of Laws. Revising the litter laws was needed to give officers and the courts greater flexibility in the prosecution of litter cases.
· The Sheriff’s Department arrested an individual breaking into the King David Convenience Center this week. He was trying to steal metal from our metal bin to sell for scrap.
· Placed five 8-yard recycling bins at Anderson University for the students moving in this week.
· Palmetto Pride Tree Grant has opened and was forwarded to local garden club contacts and groups who have requested trees in the past.
· Participated in the Anderson School District 3 Opening Session by providing recycling and litter prevention information to each teacher. We also promoted our education program of providing tours and presentations to classrooms.
· Staff picked up 25 illegal signs on Michelin Blvd. and Masters Blvd.
· Staff continues to work to recruit Adopt-A-Spot groups to help clean up the littered roads and areas in our county. We have 70 active Adopt-A-Spot groups.
· We have 2 inmates for the convenience centers and 2 for the MRF this week due to a shortage of inmates on work detail atthe Detention Center.
· Did You Know? There were 52,286 volunteers that picked up litter in South Carolina in 2017-2018 fiscal year.

·         Pre-construction meeting was held with Arthrex, Dillard Excavation, and Wastewater staff to discuss coordination with contractors and time lines for wastewater project.
·         Met with Developer to discuss pump station design and permitting on residential projects on Circle Rd and Barr Cr.
·         ROW crew cut the Brookstone Meadows line including the trunk line that crosses the TTI property and the Evergreen Circle line off Hwy 81.
·         Completed the following:
1.       All inclusive (WWTD) Section of four Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) review and updates.
2.       Pretreatment Section of six new SOP’s.
3.       Update and review of “Treatment Plant” Section of six SOP’s.
·         All parameters for 6&20 WWTP are within specifications required by SCDHEC and the plant accomplished 98% solids removal during the weekly samples for August.
·         A pre-construction meeting was held at the Shackleburg Farm development. Site grading has begun and the new sewer installation should start within the next two weeks.
·         Met at QT off Hwy 86 to re-discuss high rise sign placement. Placement location for the sign pillars are in conflict with two of our sewer force mains.
·         Replaced the alternator and floats at the Broadway pump station.
·         We had 2 after hour calls both due to A/C power failure at Hwy 76 and Steel Creek pump stations.