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Council Approves $1.73 Million Road Improve Plan

Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

Anderson County Council approved a $1.73 million road improvement plan for fiscal year 2018-2019. The plan will be funded, based on a priority system, using the combined paving accounts fo the seven council members.

The following shows the current road priorities in Anderson County:

County to Provide Some Services to Pelzer

Council also moved ahead with a plan to provide services within the town of Pelzer. Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns said that growth in Pelzer led the town request the county provide services, such as building inspections, much like is done in other towns in the county.

Sale of Land to Clemson Could Boost Tourism

The county also agreed to sell 20 acres to Clemson University to expand the Experimental Forest trails aimed at providing increased educational experiences and boosting tourism.

Burns saie woudl connect greenways and provide a huge boost to tourism and recreational activies in the Pendleton area. 

Tax Incentives Approved for Senior Housing in Pendleton

 Meanwhile council approved tax incentives for a new senior housing project in Pendleton which will provide 100 jobs with an average salary of $18.26 per hour. Anderson County Economic Development Director Burriss Nelson said the $20 million capital investment will produce a 10-year economic impact of $10 million.

Council Adjusts Anderson County Administrator to Reflect State Averages

County Council approved a raise for Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns to $172,000, an adjustment made to bring his salary in line with others in his position, said Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen.

“His service to Anderson County has been invaluable,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “He didn’t ask for it, but for what he’s done, he’s well worth it, and I am proud he is leading Anderson County.” Dunn also noted that unlike many other administrators, Burns did not take advantage of job perks such as a vehicle or county phone.

Limiting Some Vehicles on Ballard Road Closer to Reality

Council also moved ahead with a plan to restrict the kinds of vehicles which can travel on Ballard Road.  

“Since the county finished improvements on the bridge, 18-wheelers have been using the road as a cut through between U.S. 29 North and S.C. 8,” Burns said. “It’s not appropriate traffic for that road.” 

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