Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn proposed opening up the job of administrator in house for five working days, at which time council would meet and remove the word "Interim" from the title of Anderson County Interim Administrator Rusty Burns.
The current Anderson County ordinace states that positions may be opened up for in-house applicants for five working days. Dunn said that there would be no new contract, or change in the duties for which Burns is currently responsible.
"I want to make sure this will not potentially hurt us where they can come back and tack onto this (Preston) appeal," said Anderson County Councilman Eddie Moore. Moore suggested opening the position up to all candidates, internal and external, adding that he thinks Burns will still be the best candidate.
The proposal passed 4-3, with Dunn, Allen, Floyd and Waters favoring the move, and Crowder, Wilson and Moore opposing.
Council then gave final approval to rezoning property near the corner of S.C. 81 and Reed Road, including access to Reed Road, for the construction of a Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store. Crowder read a list of chances amending the final ordinance, including: a narrower access road from Reed Road and landscaping to county standards.
Walmart Neighborhood Markets debuted in 1998, and now have more than 300 stores across the country. The stores feature a full grocery department, including organic and natural selections, prepared food options, fresh-baked breads, a self-serve deli, a bakery and a pharmacy.
On Tuesday night, Council also:
Approved on second reading tax incentives for the business, code-named "Project Bridge," which would bring a $16 million investment and 10 jobs to the county, with an average salary of $16 per hour.
Approved on frist reading tax incentives for Project Wolf, and existing Anderson company which will 14 jobs, average salary of $14.50 per hour, and a $2.5 million investment, to the existing business which employs 16.
Approved an ordinance moving the Anderson County Civic Center back into County Council District 1.