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Tuesday
Apr162019

County Council Delays Vote on Storage Building Restrictions

Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

Anderson County Council on Tuesday night tabled an ordinance - sending the details of the issue to the county planning commission before a second reading - to require storage buildings in residential areas to be hidden from public view. On April 2, most of council expressed concern about the potential outcomes of such an ordinance.

Council also passed an ordinance Tuesday to transfer a .22-acre lot containing a 600-square-foot building, to the City of Belton. The lot, at 101 Breazeale Street, is not being used by the county. State law requires an ordinance to sell, lease or donate property.

Council agreed by a 6-1 vote (Anderson County Councilwoman Gracie Floyd abstained), to the closing of the road Abner Place, a short road between Iva and Antreville, at S.C. 187 and Shannon and Lauren Lane. Anderson County Council Vice Chairman Ray Graham said the residents living on the land around the 350-foot road expressed approval of closing Abner Place.

Also on Tuesday night: 

Anderson County Council gave final approve tax incentives for Columbus Ohio Industrial of Anderson, LLC, to create a new, 200,000 sq. ft. industrial park. The incentives will offset sewer and water costs. Nelson said the property of the proposed park paid $111 property taxes in 2018, but would generate $21,000 by 2021 for just the building and land. 

Council approved tax incentives for the Tile Council of North America to bring a research and development facility that works closely with Clemson University to develop intellectual property pertaining to advanced ceramic materials, for use in a variety of industry, medical and aerospace research. The company has guaranteed to create 12 jobs, with the potential of 18 total jobs, with an average salary of $30 per hour. Burriss Nelson, director of economic development for Anderson County said some of the salaries would be in excess of $100,000 annually.

Council approved, on second reading, tax incentives for a solar array project involving 40 acres in Council District 4. Nelson said the current annual tax bill on the property is $61. The new investment is slated to generate $17,500 per year for the county for at least 25 years. “It’s a good opportunity for Anderson County,” said Nelson. “It’s a great investment and return on the dollar for Anderson County.” 

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