The regular meeting of City Council was held this date in City Hall Council Chambers at 1:15 pm. In attendance were Mayor Terence Roberts, Mayor Pro
Tem Stewart, Council Members Thompson, Chapman, Laughridge, Harbin, John Roberts, Newton and Jeff Roberts. Also in attendance were City Manager, David McCuen; Assistant City Manager, Andrew Strickland; Finance Director, Margot Martin; City Attorney, Frankie McClain; Planning Director, Maurice McKenzie; Transit Director, Keith Scott; and Signal and Signs Director, Jim Simes. The invocation was given by Mayor Terence Roberts and respect to the flag was given by Councilman Newton.
City Manager, David McCuen said new technology, involving small wireless facilities is becoming more prevalent in cities across the country and in
South Carolina as well. This involves a denser network of antennas located at street level to supplement and communicate with traditional cell towers. These antennas are typically attached to existing utility poles or buildings, but most often, they are visible along public rights-of-way.
Planning Director, Maurice McKenzie said because of the new demand and since cell tower regulations in most cities do not address this type of
technology, the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) worked with the telecommunications industry to better understand the issue and the potential impacts regarding zoning, licensing, permitting, etc. A model ordinance was created, which balances the needs of cellular providers with municipal interests. A City Council work session was held last November 26, 2018 to provide information regarding this subject and to share the MASC s model ordinance.
Resulting from the work session, the Council saw the need to adopt language to address this technology, which will supplement the existing cellular
and communications towers regulations in the Zoning Ordinance. Specifically, it addresses the location of such technology in public rights-of-way. Throughout the review process, staff received Council input to enhance the model ordinance.
The City Transit system has eight buses in its fleet. An Invitation for Bid was advertised in June 2015 with Creative Bus Sales/El Dorado National
being the only bidder. This purchase is part of the City s bus replacement plan. The 35 ft. CNG bus will replace a 2006 El Dorado National 40 ft. low floor bus that has met its FTA useful life of twelve years and has 388,000 miles.
By replacing one bus that has met its useful life, maintenance cost will be reduced and air quality will be improved in our community. The City of
Anderson is the only system in SC to operate CNG transit buses. Fuel costs will also be reduced by using natural gas. Natural gas fuel is available at the Piedmont Natural Gas CNG station on 28 By-Pass.
The total cost of this bus is 490,457. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant funds will pay 85 of 490,457 or 416,888 on the Bus. Volkswagen EMT
Settlement Funds from SC will pay the local match of 15 or 73,569 on the Bus. There will be no local cost to the City. All FTA Volkswagen EMT Settlement Funds from SC have been approved and are available for use.
A motion by Councilman Harbin seconded by Councilman Laughridge carried unanimously (9-0) to approve the purchase of a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas),
35 ft. low floor bus in the amount of 490,457. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant funds will pay 85 - 416,888. The Volkswagen EMT Settlement Funds from SC will pay the local match of 15 - 73,569. There will be no local cost to the City.
In the 2019/2020 budget Council approved funding to replace capital equipment in the Public Works Division. The Street Department specifically
requested replacing two GMC dump trucks (1991 and 1995). A local construction company, Chermack Construction, Inc, has a used 2016 F650 dump truck with a 2015 Big Tex (8x25) equipment trailer for sale. The F650 is in excellent condition, with approximately 2,800 original miles, and it has 3 years factory warranty remaining on the engine and transmission. Fleet Maintenance staff has driven and inspected this truck. The cost of a comparable 2019 dump truck is approximately 83,500.
Assistant City Manager, Andrew Strickland said the City s Code currently prohibits smoking in all healthcare facilities that have opted to be
smoke-free pursuant to South Carolina law, and in City facilities. In addition, the proposed ordinance would prohibit smoking and the use of e-cigarettes within all City parks and facilities, and within 25 feet of the sidewalks and street rights-of-way on Main Street between Greenville Street on the north, and Franklin Street on the south.
Background: New technology, involving small wireless facilities is becoming more prevalent in cities across the country and in South Carolina as
well. This involves a denser network of antennas located at street level to supplement and communicate with traditional cell towers. These antennas are typically attached to existing utility poles or buildings, but most often, they are visible along public rights-of-way.
Because regulations are necessary to address this technology, the City Council saw the need to adopt new guidelines. Using the Municipal Association
of South Carolina s (MASC) model ordinance as a guide, the Council provided valuable insight during work sessions and with input from staff, the Planning Commission and the telecommunications industry, guidelines that meet local needs have been developed.