Anderson County Council May 3 highlights

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During their May 3 meeting, Anderson County Council approved a resolution honoring the life and service of the late Anderson County Auditor Jacky Hunter. Council also approved a resolution designating May 15-21 as National Public Works Week.

Council heard an annual report on Appalachian Council of Governments Service to Anderson County. ACOG representative Steve Pelisser presented information about a number of projects ACOG has been involved in. Pelisser said the county invested $94,000 in ACOG and received a return on investment of $13.2 million in 2021.

Some of the projects ACOG has been involved with include working with SCDOT and Anderson County on the Hwy. 29 improvements near the Jockey Lot and Cherokee Road Bridge replacement. They also assisted with a Powdersville Water District grant, Williamston Mahaffey Road sewer project, a greenway project and CDBG grant in Williamston, and $1.1 million in services to allow seniors to stay home and Meals on Wheels improvements.
They have also provided service to municipalities including Pendleton and Williamston with technical assistance with comprehensive plans and keeping ARPA funding on track.

During the meeting Council approved third reading on an ordinance to provide for draining and utility easement to convey stormwater and provide for location of utilities within the county.

Council approved third reading on a ground lease agreement with Duke Energy for property at the Civic Center to be used for a battery storage system project.

Council approved second reading on an ordinance to provide fee in lieu of tax and incentive agreement for Project 81 Logistics.

Council approved second reading on the transfer of property at 1299 Three and Twenty Rd. to the Three and Twenty Fire Department trustees.

Council approved second reading on an ordinance for an easement with Duke Energy on 0.192 acres and 2.96 acres for electric car charging stations in Belton.

Council approved first reading (in title only) on the 2022-23 budget. Administrator Rusty Burns said the budget will not have a tax increase and is very feasible. He said the county is in the process of reassessment with SCDOR working with SCDOR in each of the school districts. A public hearing will be held at Council Chambers at a time to be set.

Council approved a resolution to request and support the SC General Assembly grant municipalities and counties the authority to issue building codes in addition to existing state building codes or amend building codes adopted by the Building Codes Council.

Council approved an ACTC bid for resurfacing several roads including Big Creek Road.

May 17 Meeting – Third reading was held on the several projects during the May 17 County Council meeting including a fee in lieu of tax and incentive agreement for “Project 81 Logistics” which is Evergreen Road, LLC and FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. and transfer of property to three and Twenty Fire Department.
Also at that meeting Council approved a resolution designating May 21-27 as National Safe Boating Week and a resolution honoring Braxton Louch, a senior at Crescent High School, for his efforts to support animal welfare in Anderson County. Louch is the largest private donor in the history of Anderson County PAWS Animal Shelter.
Council also approved a resolution naming the Cattle Facility at Clemson’s T. Ed Garrison Livestock Area in honor of Dr. Poag Reid.