Around the County . . .


Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following for the first week of 2019:

Animal Shelter
       PAWS was able to save 95% of the animals in our care this week.
       INTAKES:  63 ( 9 owner surrenders, 0 return adoption, 32 from Animal Control, 15 strays and 3 transfer in)
       OUTCOMES:  31 animals adopted, 0 died, 3 were euthanized for aggression or medical emergencies, 1 owner requested euthanasia, 1 returned to their owner, 11 transferred out to rescue groups
       Clinic performed 57 spay/neuter surgeries
       Currently 128 large dogs, 17 small dogs, 12 puppies, 32 cats and 9 kittens being held in the facility.
       There are 105 animals available for adoption, 47 are spayed/neutered; 45%
       11 animals being held for court
       PAWS received $1652.94. in monetary donations and $14.00 for the Dog Park
       December Stats:
o   PAWS was able to save 88% of the animals in our care for the month of December.
o   INTAKES:  358 ( 81 owner surrenders, 7 return adoption, 178 from Animal Control, 76 strays and 16 transfer in)
o   OUTCOMES:  241 animals adopted, 5 died, 38 were euthanized for aggression or medical emergencies, 13 owner requested euthanasia, 31 returned to their owner, 48 transferred out to rescue groups
o   Clinic performed 439 spay/neuter surgeries
o   PAWS received $5,287.10 in cash donations and $478.00 for the Dog Park
Building and Codes
       Congratulations to Alan Tafta, Building Inspector, for passing the Residential Mechanical Inspector’s Exam. He continues to work towards getting the required certifications (Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical) for full registration as a “Residential Building Inspector”
       PERMITS SUBMITTED: 30 Single-Family Dwellings; 8 Addition/Renovation; 7 Detached Garage/Accessory Buildings; 10 Demolition; 1 Swimming Pool; 21 Electrical and HVAC Upgrades including 3 Residential Solar; 2 Replacement; 6 Commercial Including: Closet Pro Building, Verizon Cell Tower, Electrical for WS Lee Plant, Kitchen Hood Replacement, Solar for Ken Rowland State Farm, Electrical for Brookstone Meadows Golf Club; 32 Mobile Home including: New Homes, Change of Ownership, moves from other counties, change of location, etc.
       DRAWINGS SUBMITTED:  Anderson Multi-Story Climate Controlled Self Storage located off Hwy 81 N, HS Building Co Spec Buildings #3 and #4 located off Lacannon Rd in Piedmont, Electrical for Brookstone Meadows Golf Club, Starbucks Up-Fit located off Hwy 153, Electrical for WS Lee Plant (Duke Energy) and Various Re-Submittals
       December Stats:
o   New Single-Family & Multi-Family Dwelling permits up 9% Compared to December 2017 (46 to 50)
o   Revenue down 65% Compared to December 2017 ($157,832.90 to $55,293.50)
o   Total of 569 permits/transactions – Down 5% Compared to December 2017 (599): 128 Building, 134 Electrical, 89 Plumbing, 97 HVAC, 59 Mobile Homes, 22 Demolition, 7 Moving, 33 Miscellaneous
Development Standards
  Anderson County Citizens Advisory Committee for District 4 met on Wednesday to hear the following;
  Variance Application to allow the installation of a free standing digital sign. (Highway 76 Sandy Springs)
  Committee unanimously approved the request.
  Anderson County Planning Commission met on Wednesday January 9, 2019 to hear the following;
  Preliminary plan Twin Home Development-Green Pond Phase II Commission denied application-plan did not meet specifications for a county road.
  Appeal from interpretation of subdivision administrator to deny for 4 flag lots each @ 5 acres/Cely Road. Commission upheld staff interpretation.
  Land Use Board of Zoning Appeals met on Thursday January 10, 2019 to hear the following;
  Variance Application for a reduction of side yard setbacks located on Hudgins Lake Rd-Townville
  Variance Application for a reduction of side yard setbacks located Lake Hills Drive-Townville
  Variance Application to allow a mobile home as a temporary use during construction exceeding permit limitation-Sunrise Circle-Fair Play
  The Board approved all four (4) variance requests unanimously.
  Duke Energy Lee Steam Plant proposed communications tower located on Millwee Creek.
  Townsend Office Up-fit
  Temple Baptist Church Renovations.
  Verizon Wireless Improvements located at 130 Gilliam Drive, Anderson
  The Bridge Center (Recovering Substance Center) located on Whitehall Road, Anderson
  Twin Creeks Lavender Farm located at 4638 Midway Road, Williamston.
  Starbucks Powdersville (Highway 153)
  Carriage Hill; Rivermill; Rogers Knoll; The Preserve at Covered Bridge; Spencer’s Trail; Chimney Hill; Greenpond Phase II; Walkers Pointe
  Illegal AIR BNB located on Riley Road, Easley
  Illegal signage located on Highway 153, Highway 81, & Highway 76(Sandy Springs)
  Shooting range complaint Midway Road.
       December Stats:
o   Land Use Permits, 86
o   Septic Tank Permits, 50
o   Summary Plats, 42
o   Commercial Up-fits, 4
o   Home Based Business, 2
o   Compliance issues, 8
Fleet Services
       Closed 138 work orders for the week.
       Fuel Prices: Unleaded: $1.67, Diesel $2.21
       Diesel Mechanic position open
       Weekly Fleet Availability: 92.18%
To see a listing of vehicles and equipment being sold visit the Anderson County Website at  click ‘Online Auction’ to view inventory and register.
       December Stats:
o   Fuel Uses:
  Unleaded – 40,198.7 gallons
  Diesel – 8,479.7 gallons
  Fuel Totals  $90,483.43
  Closed 411 work orders
  Month Fleet Availability:   92.58%
       Did you know?  An airbag takes only 40 milliseconds to deflate.
Roads & Bridges
       Vegetation Crew used boom mowers to trim back right-of-way throughout County; tree removals from requests.
       Bridge Crew continued work on Shiloh Church Road West Bridge Replacement Project and repaired guardrail at spillway on Broadway Lake Road.
       Asphalt Crew completed driveway aprons, patched reported potholes as quickly as possible (due to the amount of rain we’ve had); strip-patched Lester Ashley Road.
       Ditching and Pipe Crews performed routine ditch maintenance and completed driveway pipe requests; assisted Civic Center to install pad.
       Grading Crews completed work on Lester Ashley Road drainage issue; assisted Solid Waste to repair parking area.
       Sign Shop Crews performed routine maintenance on road signs; closed Broadway Lake Road at spillway for repair of guardrail.
       Received bids for paving Mental Health Center Parking Lot. Apparent low bidder is Pickens Construction, Inc. for a total of $28,773.00.
       On-call crew received 7 after-hours call-outs for a total of 23.5 man-hours: trees, road signs, and dead animals.
       December Stats:
o   Work Requests: 357 new; 263 closed; 423 open.
o   On-call crews received 22 after-hours call-outs for a total of 113 man-hours.
o   Encroachment Permits: 8/$669.50.
       Two personal injury reported; One vehicle accident reported
       Safety meetings: Topics-Working Safely In Cold Weather, Workers Compensation Claims, Tort /Property Claims
       Safety Presentation at the Anderson County Utilities Coordinating Committee
       Final preparation for Re-Accreditation Site Visit
       December Stats:
o   OSHA Recordable: 0 (YTD: 1)
o   Near Miss: 0 (YTD: 3)
o   Lost Time: 0 (YTD: 2)
o   Workers Compensation: $ 2555
o   Tort/Property Claims: $18,517
Solid Waste
       Anderson County Convenience Centers had 26,797 vehicles come to our sites from Dec. 26, 2018 thru Dec. 29, 2018 to recycle and dispose of household waste from the Christmas Holiday.
       Ran 2 new ads on 105.5 The Roar to encourage recycling over the holidays. These ads specifically encouraged cardboard and cooking oil recycling and are funded by the DHEC grant money.
       DHEC inspected the closed out Pendleton Class III Landfill on December 21, 2018.
       DHEC inspected the Starr Landfill Class I and Class II on January 8, 2019. This was a routine inspection. Everything was found to meet or exceed regulatory requirement.
       Environmental Enforcement patrolled Alliance Parkway. The Detention Center picked up 56 bags of litter, 1 tire and some wood on the Alliance Parkway. Solid Waste picked up 9 illegal signs on the road.
       Environmental Enforcement picked up 25 illegal signs at the intersection of Hwy 187 and Whitehall Road.
       Environmental Enforcement worked an illegal dump on Wright School Road and found a burnt stolen vehicle. It was turned over to the Sheriff’s Department.
       Preparing for the upcoming Keep South Carolina Beautiful Annual Conference and Keep America Beautiful National Conference. Registration is complete and the travel details have been booked.
       The Great Anderson County Cleanup will be on April 13th. The Kickoff for the event will be on April 8th.
       Replaced 4 old 8-yard containers at the Civic Center Recycling Center with new ones.
       2 inmate for the convenience centers and 2 for the MRF this week due to a shortage of inmates on work detail at the Detention Center.
       December Stats:
o   547.05 Recyclable tons, 26.81 E-Waste tons, 51.74 Tire tonnages and 963 Gallons Waste Oil.
o   Anderson Regional Landfill: 5723.58 tons of municipal Solid Waste at a cost of $136,793.56.
o   Hauling contractor hauled 536 containers from Convenience Centers at a cost of $62,712.00.
       Starr Landfill Tonnages:
o   Construction & Demolition (1,374.49 C&D) tons {8,001.63 YTD tons}.
o   Land Clearing Debris (1,184.03 LCD) tons {6,672.49 YTD tons}.
o   14,674.12 Total Tons for the Year
        Environmental Enforcement December Stats:  106 Calls, 10 Warnings, 2 Assisting Another Agency, 14 Clean-Up Orders, 0 Clean-Up Order Citations, 4 Unlawful Dumping, 0 Litter Citations, 0 Uncovered Load Citations, and 0 State Citations. Total Fines requested $2,087.50.
       Did You Know? The South Carolina Litter Control Association promotes litter enforcement, protects the environment and helps to increase public awareness of the problems associated with litter.
       Received resubmittal for Taylor Wood Mulch, Lewis Drive Spill Clean UP Major Modification.
       Received new major modification for Little Creek RV Resort.
       Reviews were conducted for Lewis Drive Spill Clean Up major modification (1st), Powdersville Starbucks (2nd), Green Pond Phase II (1st), Richard Kay Superstore Major Modification (1st), and Wendy’s Restaurant – Wall St (1st).
       December Stats:
o   New Applications: 2
o   Resubmittals: 4
o   Reviews: 7
o   Pre-Cons/Approvals: 0
o   Terminations: 1
o   Major Modifications Approved: 1
o   Inspections: 48 sediment/erosion control,  0 post-construction, 14 county facility & 1 industrial stormwater
       Town of Iva’s running balance is $800,286.87
       Collected influent and effluent samples for the first monthly parameter testing required by SCDHEC. The sample testing for December 2018 met all specifications.
       Cleaned 2 drying beds and filled both with sludge from the digester.
       Met with industry regarding expansion activities and discussed possibilities of additional process wastewater areas and treatment systems.  Provided information on related additional economic impact such as additional Industrial User Permitting, additional sampling, metering, etc.
       Reviewed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as are referenced in the Accreditation Documents.  A couple of changes have been made since submittal and these have been noted in our SOP Manual in case these changes are questioned during the audit.
       ROW crew mowed the following sewer lines: Hwy 24, and Clemson Blvd.
       Repaired two manholes hit by mowers on McGee Rd. and Hwy 153.
       Located a sewer tap at 1004 Tuscany Drive, we also inspected the gravity system at TTI to insure access to the lines due to contractors grading and silt fence work.
       Pump station crew read flow meters for January billing.
       We hauled gravel to the Steel Creek pump station to help reestablish the road that is being used by pumper trucks while maintaining the flow during new sewer line installation at Atrhrex.
       There were 3 after hour calls, totaling 4 hours of overtime.
       December Stats:
o   Permits – 26
o   Capacity – $166,590
o   811 – 419
o   Sludge – 11.82 ton
o   ROW – 4000 feet