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County to Expand ADA Kayak Access; Receives Statewide Honor

Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

Anderson County Council approved another handicapped kayak access point, the Belton Landing Blue Trailhead, on the Saluda River in Anderson County funded by a $100,000 grant from Duke Energy. 

“It’s really a rare, wonderful opportunity,” said Anderson County Councilwoman Cindy Wilson.

As part of Tuesday’s council meeting, Anderson County was also recognized as the third best in the state for its efficiency in the area of Risk Management. 

Robert Benfield, the Director of Risk Management Services for the South Carolina Association of Counties, told council members the association evaluates Risk Management programs every year, and that Anderson should be proud of its commitment to the task.

“Your fast response time both saves the county money and is a benefit to your employees,” said Benfield.

Meanwhile, Anderson County Vice Chairman Ray Graham asked fellow council members to consider a plan to allow students who graduate high school and would like to attend technical college, to be able to go for no cost. Graham said some other counties already provide the additional funding, at a cost of around $800 per student. 

Also on Tuesday night, council:

° Approved on first reading an Ordinance to require storage buildings in residential to be hidden from public view. Anderson County Council Vice Chairman Tommy Dunn and Graham both expressed concerns about the ordinance. Dunn said he hoped the issues could be addressed before the second reading. Wilson said the ordinance would be refined before the next reading.  

“I’m willing to send it on through tonight,” Graham said, “but we are opening up a hornets nest here. I do see supporting this through to the third reading because I think we have some questions.” 

° Approved, on second reading, tax incentives to bring a research and development that works closely with Clemson University to develop intellectual property pertaining to advanced materials, and 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.

° Approved, on first 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.  

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