Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway:
Highwlights – Work has begun on the new Palmetto Middle School and the new Wren Middle School with site plan reviews being conducted last week. Also Staff assisted with Pick-Up Powdersville (PUP) Day that was held on April 27. Forty six volunteers picked up 195 bags of litter around Highway 153. The event is sponsored by The Powdersville Business Council in partnership with Palmetto Pride and the United Way of Anderson County. Palmetto High School AFJROTC picked up 317 bags of litter throughout Williamston.·
Staff Confirmed HOWDY Day (Williamston Town Cleanup) this Saturday May 8 and delivered supplies for the volunteers.
Other projects reported include:
Building and Codes
·       Permits Submitted: 16 Single-Family Dwellings; 4 Duplex’s; 9 Addition/Renovation; 9 Detached Garage/Accessory Buildings; 3 Demolition; 4 Pools; 1 Replacement; 10 Electrical and HVAC Upgrades; 14 Commercial Including: Lake Hartwell Outdoor Storage, Eagle Storage Building A (1,500 sf), Eagle Storage Building A (4,800 sf), Eagle Storage Building B, Eagle Storage Building C, Eagle Storage Building D, Eagle Storage Building E, Mt. Pleasant Enterprises Up-Fit, Electrical for Strategic Plastics, BP Station Walk-In Cooler, Starbucks Sign, Electrical for Northland Communication, Sign for Pearman Dairy Storage, Electrical to Carolina Seams Baseball Training; 17 Mobile Home including: New Homes, Change of Ownership, moves from other counties, change of location, etc.
·       Drawings submitted: Hunter Lot Retaining Wall, Raines on Main Up-fit in Pendleton and various re-submittals
Development Standards
·       Site Plan Review:
o   New Palmetto Middle School-Williamston
o   New Wren Middle School-Piedmont
o   Mt. Lebannon Elementary School Expansion, Pendleton.
o   LaFrance Elementary School Expansion Pendleton.
o   Burger King Highway 187 Revision
o   New Convenience Store-Power Trac located at 2804 US Highway
o   Deadhorse Production Videography located at 4103 Liberty Highway, Anderson.
o   Floodplain Development Permit Agricultural located on McMurtrey Road.
o   Tropical Smoothie located at 3558 Highway 153
o   Cooley’s Use Car Lot located at 522 Osteen Hill Road, Piedmont.
o   Custom Auto located at 2506B River Road, Piedmont.
·       Grading Permits:
o   Residence Inn Marriott
·       Land Use Permits Approved:
o   T-Mobile Wireless Expansion, Whitehall Road, Highway 81N, & George McClain Lane, Anderson
·       Subdivisions:
o   The Regatta Townhomes Revision, Whitten Road Development
·       Bufferyard Inspections:
o   TNT Sports, I-85-Follow-up
o   Domino’s Pizza Follow-up
Fleet Services
Opened 203 work orders
Closed 169 work orders
Fuel Prices: Unleaded: $2.19↑, Diesel $2.30↓
Diesel Mechanic position open
Wastewater has received a new truck that is in the pre-delivery stage
·       Weekly Availability:   94.88%
·       To see a listing of vehicles and equipment being sold visit the Anderson County Website at  click ‘Online Auction’ to view inventory and register.
Roads & Bridges
o   On Call crew received 3 call outs; 1 downed tree, 1 shoulder wash out, 5 crew members, Total of 12.5 hours.
Sign Crew
o   12 open request, completed 20 request. Completed 27 sign task for Engineering Dept.
Bridge Crew
o   Continued work on Shiloh Church Road Project.; poured a concrete slab at County Courthouse; Removed sidewalk for Parks and Recreation Department
Asphalt Crew
o   Repaired 28 potholes (request [100%]), 20 driveway aprons, 4 Strip patch.
Ditching/Driveway Crew
o   8 driveways, 300 feet ditching, repaired shoulder wash out on Brookside Dr.
Grading/Culvert Crew
o   General grading repair at Manse Jolly Convenient Center, 1 x-line culvert replace, began approach work (rebuilding road bed) on Shiloh Church Rd. Project.
Vegetation Crew
o   Mowing season started April 1st.
o   22 tree request received, completed 30 tree task.
o   Mowing operation; section: 1 round 1
o   Mowing operation; section: 2 round 1
o   Mowing operation; section: 3 round 1
o   Mowing operation; section: 4 round 1
o   Mowing operation; section: 5 round 2
o   Mowing operation; section: 6 round 1
o   Mowing operation; section: 7 round 1
o   3 Herbicide task completed
Engineering Crew
o   Completed pavement evaluations for 10 pavement segments.
o   Completed The Collector Road Inspection. Results: 378.6 Miles (25%), 2019 Collector road average OCI (Overall Condition Index) = 64.6 (Fair).  6%-poor, 54%-fair, 40%-good
o   1 Road Abandonment Inquiry, 1 private road issue.
o   3 Right-of-way Inquiries, 4 Encroachment Permits worked on, 7 Right Of Way Acquisitions (6 in negotiations,5 awaiting closing, 3 on hold).
o   Approved bond estimate for Parkview Glen Subdivision Phase 1
o   Reviewed plans for Chris Taylor Memorial Park site Improvements.
o   Reviewed revised preliminary plat for Arbor Woods Subdivision.
·       Three personal injury accidents reported (2 Near Misses; 1 Lost Time)
·       One vehicle accident reported
·       Performed eight work zone audits
·       Met with potential new hearing test vendor
·       Four Safety Meetings: Topics-Zero Turn Operator Training, Safety Procedures For Operating A Zero Turn Mower, Weed Eater Safety Procedure, Dog Bite Prevention: Ways To Avoid Being Surprised, Practical Prevention of Dog Bites, Safety Updates, Workers Compensation Claims, and Tort/Property Claims
·       Met with Cintas rep about safety training and hearing tests
Solid Waste
·       The Great Anderson County Cleanup runs from March 2019 through the end of May 2019 in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup. The total count on litter bags picked up at this time is 4642 and 469 tires. We appreciate everyone continuing to volunteer their time in picking up litter in Anderson County.
·       Staff assisted with Pick-Up Powdersville (PUP) Day that was held on April 27, 2019. Forty six volunteers picked up 195 bags of litter around Highway 153. The event is sponsored by The Powdersville Business Council in partnership with Palmetto Pride and the United Way of Anderson County.
·       Palmetto High School AFJROTC picked up 317 bags of litter throughout Williamston.
·       Staff picked up 9 bags of litter on Civic Center Boulevard thanks to volunteers.
·       Completed a recycling and litter prevention presentation for Midway Elementary 130 Kindergarten students and 10 teachers. This was in celebration of Earth Day.
·       Confirmed HOWDY Day (Williamston Town Cleanup) and delivered supplies for the volunteers.
·       Keep Anderson County Beautiful had their monthly meeting to update on cleanups for the month and any upcoming events.
·       Environmental Enforcement attended the Swearing in Ceremony of our Anderson County Summary Court Judges on April 29, 2019.
·       Environmental Enforcement is continuing its efforts for ZERO TOLERANCE month. Law Enforcement all over South Carolina came to support the cause to fight litter. The push is Littering Is a Crime.
·       Staff repaired electrical issues on compactors at the Agnew Road and Parker Bowie Convenience Center.
·       Staff continues to work to recruit Adopt-A-Spot groups to help clean up the littered roads and areas in our county. We have 75 active Adopt-A-Spot groups.
·       We have 2 inmates for the convenience centers and 3 for the MRF this week due to a shortage of inmates on work detail at the Detention Center.
·        Did You Know? Plastic Recyclers – H. 4152. This bill exempts facilities that use pyrolysis and gasification to turn plastics into fuel from DHEC regulations under the Solid Waste Act. As a result of the process, 80 percent of the plastic will be turned into fuel and 10 percent will be a char material that would then be deposited back into the landfills. The facilities are required to dispose of 75 percent of the char to maintain exemption from the Solid Waste Act.
·       Staff met with property owners downstream of an unpermitted land disturbing project about sediment in a stream and pond. DHEC is assisting with compliance and enforcement on the unpermitted project.
·       Received resubmittal for Patina Storage.
·       Approval issued and pre-con held for Yorkshire Farms.
·       A second cease and desist notice was issued for Wren Woods Subdivision due to required paperwork not present on-site and the compliance inspection fee is outstanding.
·       Issued a permit termination approval for Brookstone Golf Course.
·       Pretreatment
o   Working with Pendleton Pretreatment Personnel to review contents of a treatment chemical in determining whether it is safe to discharge to the Pendleton Treatment Plant. Further information has been requested from the project manager before making a final decision.
o   Scheduled class for administering a Fats, Oil and Grease program.  To be conducted by an agency with 20 plus years of experience.  We have invited other agencies in the upstate to participate in the class.
o   Received NPDES lab data for the month of April.  Prepared spreadsheet for our records and as a check sheet to the DMR as prepared by the contract lab.
·       ROW
o   Several ROWs were cut this week in the Iva; Crescent High School, Johnny Long Rd., and Cemetery Rd.
o   We began cutting in the Powdersville area this week along River Rd.
·       Engineering
o   Processed 3 change orders for Arthrex Sewer Line.
o   Signed PSSAR for Wren Middle School expansion.
o   Submitted Rogers Knoll Phase 2 to DHEC for permitting.
o   Had design meeting with GMC for Hurricane Creek PS rehab.
·       6&20 WWTP
o   Six and Twenty WWTP continues to maintain a healthy bio-mass and all parameter testing are within SCDHEC limits.
o   Serviced and checked all mechanical components on boom #2. This boom is on a timer and sweeps across the clarifier every 5 minutes to pick up and return settled solids back to the aeration basin. This process, known as clarification, is a crucial part of the treatment plant which separates the water from the solids.
o   Cleaned one drying bed and filled with waste sludge from the digester.
·       Pump Station
o   Pulled pump #1 at Riverstone because of long run times, cleaned trash out of the impeller and put back into service.
o   Pumped out wet well at Hembree Creek because of grease.
o   Checked all ARV for the month of April.
·       Locating/Inspections
o   The contractor for Arthrex has finished installing the new infrastructure for this site. They are currently working on the finish grade and erosion stabilization within the construction boundaries, along with sealing up any joints or seams that are within the manhole structures. Also they are going back through and checking elevations for the As-Built set of drawings. Once finish work is complete and the elevations/ slopes meet the minimums set by the engineer the contractor will then be able to proceed with the proper testing.
·       After Hour Calls
o   Boom failure at 6&20.
o   Back up high level at Hembree Creek.
o   Communication failure at Green Pond Landing.
o   Generator running at Broadway.
o   These calls totaled 8 after hours.
Animal Shelter
·       We were able to save 89% of the animals in our care this week.
·       Intakes:  80 (25 owner surrender, 1 return adoption, 38 from animal control, 6 strays and 10 transferred in).
·       Outcomes: 51 animals adopted, 3 died, 6 were euthanized for illness or aggression, 7 animals were owner requested euthanasia, 10 were returned to their owners and 15 were sent to rescue.
·       Clinic performed 107 spay/neuter surgeries.
·       There are currently 114 large dogs, 6 small dogs, 26 puppies, 33 cats and 15 kittens in the facility.
·       There are 7 animals being held for court.
·       There are 113 animals available for adoption. 81 of those have already been altered (72%).
·       PAWS received $889.90 cash donations.
·       PAWS attended the Touch A Truck event and had a great time showing off dogs for all of the kids.
·       Anderson County PAWS was featured in “The Best Practice Playbook for Animal Shelters”.  This handbook will be used in shelters and veterinary schools across the world to help save even more lives.