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Council Oks Sheriff Station in Watson Village, Health Contract for Inmates

Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer 

Anderson County Council on Tuesday approved a lease agreement for a Sheriff’s Department substation in the Watson Village Shopping Center. The location of the substation will be in the old movie theater building next to White Jones Hardware and Sporting Goods.

Also on Tuesday night, after an executive session near the end of the meeting council:

Agreed to approve a contract with Mediko to provide health care for inmates as the Anderson County Detention Center. No details were given, but the county has said in the past the move would provide a cost savings and better service.

Agreed to seek remedy with the Town of Iva concerning the sewer contract with the county. 

Agreed to pursue right of way issues concerning the Wellpine Sewer Project.  

Roundup of other news from Tuesday night’s county council meeting: 

Partnership with TCT for Training Airport Equipment Operators, Linemen Training School 

Approved, on second reading, an ordinance to approve a ground ease by and between Anderson County and Tri-County Technical College for a site at the Anderson Regional Airport for Heavy Equipment Operator Training and for a site at the TTl Pearman Dairy Road Facility for a Lineman Training School.

Ortec Expansion Brings 78 New Jobs, $40 Million Investment

Approved, on second reading, an amendment to the Fee in Lieu of Tax Agreement for Ortec, Inc., to expand in Pendleton, adding 105 new full-time jobs with an average salary of $21 per hour, and investing an additional $40 million.

New Solar Farm Near Honea Path

Approved tax incentives for “Project Santa's Hat,” a solar farm near Honea Path, which will generate $8,000 annually in tax revenue. The current paid tax on the land is $100 per year. The land is preserved and maintained for the owners.

Storing Industrial Equipment in Residential Neighborhoods

Approve, on first reading, an ordinance to amend the Anderson County Code of Ordinances to clarify storage of Commercial Equipment in residential zones. The change will effect places where heavy industrial equipment are being stored in residentially zoned areas. Large tracks of land which do not have equipment visible from the line of other property owners are exempt. 

Tax Breaks for Plastics Molding Plant 

Approved, on first reading, tax incentive for a plastics injection molding company, $4.1 million investment, creating 100 jobs with average pay of $16.23 per hour. 

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