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Dec042018

Council Declares "Small Business Month," Oks Bosch Tax Breaks 

Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer 

In an agenda filled mostly with third and second readings of previously approved items, Anderson County Council on Tuesday kicked off the night with a a resolution officially asking citizens to shop locally during the Christmas season. Council officially declared December "Small Business Month,” to encourage hometown shopping during the holiday season. 

Final Approval Agenda Items 

Bosch Council gave final approval to tax incentives for Bosch, which will lead the company to a new $45 million investment in Anderson County. The expansion, in the old AFCO building, will also bring 20 new jobs with an average salary of $24.44 per hour. A $100,000 Set Aside grant was also awarded to Anderson County to assist with the costs of site preparation and building construction.

No 18-Wheelers on Ballard Road Council approved 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,” said Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns. “It’s not appropriate traffic for that road.”  

Anderson County Councilwoman Cindy Wilson, who represents the Ballard Road area, said “most of the residents in the area are in favor “of the new limits. 

Paying Zoning, Planning Board Members Council put in place a plan to pay members of the Anderson County Board of Zoning Appeals and the Board of Planning $50 per meeting. Both boards require extensive training and in the past many of the meetings were poorly attended, said Anderson County Council Vice Chairman Ray Graham.

“These are very difficult committees to run,” Allen said. “You’re dealing with the public and a lot of times it can be hot and heavy.”  

Allen said it is crucial that the enough board members attend zoning meetings to constitute a quorum, something that has not been the case in many meetings over the past year. 

Second Reading

$8.5 Million Bonds for Fleet Services Council also approved, on second reading, the issuance and sale of $8.5 million in General Obligation Bonds for Anderson County. The funds would be used to update and upgrade the county’s fleet services, where the county’s vehicles - including those of law enforcement - are maintained. The current facilities are in disrepair and does not suit the county’s needs for future growth, said Anderson County Councilman Ray Graham.

Other

Kid Venture 2.0 Bid Council moved forward in exploring the only bid for professional services for the Kid Venture 2.0 playground at the Anderson Civic Center.  

Employee Medical Plan Update

Anderson County Council fine tuned the new self-insured plan, which tentatively is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1,  to provide a new health care plan for the county’s more than 1,000 employees.

The new plan involves working with Palmetto Insurance of Anderson as the benefits consulting agency, and Direct Access, MD, of Anderson as a provider of primary/family care. 

The plan would include dental, vision and life insurance options, as well as continued insurance for retirees, and it expected to save the county between $1.2-1.5 million annually. A self-insured plan will also provide the county with more flexibility in enhancing benefits.

Council came out of executive session with a mandate for Burns to negotiate any details remaining in finaliznig the health plan.

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