By Stan Welch
Anderson County Council met Tuesday night and took care of several housekeeping items, revitalizing some entities and deleting others. The purchasing review panel was established under former Councilman (D1) Craig Wooten to more closely monitor the bid and procurement policies of the county. Wooten surrendered his seat on the Council in 2020 to mount an ultimately unsuccessful campaign for the state Senate. The panel was renewed by Council Tuesday night.
The construction review board was renewed as well, although resuscitated might be a more accurate term, since it has been largely dormant recently. It is designed to give contractors an opportunity to contest and appeal rulings of the county that impact their projects. Perhaps the most significant action taken by the council was the vote to dissolve the EMS advisory board.
County Administrator Rusty Burns, speaking to the Journal, explained that the creation of the public safety committee had made the EMS advisory board essentially redundant. “ The overview of the EMS system is one of the focuses of the public safety committee, so it seemed the natural thing to do to constrict that supervisory function.”
The Council also gave approval of various economic incentive packages to various projects. Some received final approval, others received either secondary or preliminary approval. All such incentives are formalized by passage of a specific ordinance. All ordinances adopted by the Council require three readings.
So does the annual budget, which received first reading approval, in title only, at Tuesday evening’s meeting. The details were sketchy, but the budget will not require a tax increase.
In other news, Representative Westley P. “West” Cox, Chairman of the Anderson County Legislative Delegation, has announced that the Delegation is currently taking applications to fill two vacant seats on the Registration and Election Commission The two open seats are from School District 1 and School District 5
The application may be found on the website: andersoncountysc.org; Departments/Legislative Delegation where you will see the application. Please return application to our office at 2404 N. Main St. or mail to P.O. Box 8002, Anderson, SC 29622. A notice will follow to announce the date of the next Delegation meeting.
By Stan Welch