The Work Session of City Council was held this date in City Hall Council Chambers at 5:00 pm to discuss Court Personnel and Parking Garage
Contractor/Developer Agreement. In attendance were Mayor Terence Roberts, Mayor Pro Tem Stewart, Council Members Thompson, Harbin, Laughridge, Chapman, and Jeff Roberts. Councilmen John Roberts and Newton were not present at the motion to move into Executive Session.
A motion by Councilman John Roberts seconded by Councilman Laughridge carried unanimously (9-0) to move out of Executive Session.
Regular Meeting December 9, 2019
The regular meeting of City Council was held this date in City Hall Council Chambers at 6:00 pm. In attendance were Mayor Terence Roberts, Mayor Pro
Tem Stewart, Council Members Thompson, Harbin, Laughridge, Chapman, 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; Utilities Director, Jeff Caldwell; Fire Chief, Randy Bratcher; and Community Development Director, Erica Craft. The invocation was given by Councilman Jeff Roberts and respect to the flag was given by Mayor Pro Tem Stewart.
Planning Director, Maurice McKenzie said the applicant, who is a property owner in Mystic Vineyards, requests to amend the Planned Development
District (PDD) document for Mystic Vineyards subdivision in order to allow accessory buildings in the back yard. A PDD document is considered to be the zoning guidelines for a specific piece of land, so any proposed changes to the document must go through the public process, similar to a rezoning. The PDD document for Mystic Vineyards governs lot sizes, setbacks, house materials, fencing, accessory buildings, etc.
Finance Director, Margot Martin said the model business license ordinance, developed by the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC), outlines
language that cities can use to ensure their business license ordinance complies with state and federal laws as well as other best practices of business licensing. Standardization of the business license and practices is an important step in helping maintain this important revenue source for the City by reducing the procedural burden on businesses.
Both the City and the Model Ordinance use the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) to place businesses into proper classification
according to their profitability using IRS data. This data was updated in 2019 and the mandated rate class changes affect the rate class that the City can charge a business. (Appendix B of the ordinance).
Based on current rates and due to the IRS rate class changes, the City is projected to lose approximately 399,000 or 9.7 of its current business
license revenue. In order to help reduce this loss, the staff is requesting amending Appendix A Rate schedule to a change of .05 per 1,000 and 0.25 per 1,000 rate differential between the rate classes.
The City of Anderson s total business license revenue of 7,150,000 and it is 27 of the general fund operating revenues. The City is limited in its
ability to raise revenue because of Act 388 s millage and reassessment caps and restrictions on the use of other revenue sources such as hospitality and accommodation taxes, thereby making the business license tax a critical revenue source.
The filing period for candidates begins Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 12:00 Noon, and filing ends Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 12:00 Noon. The
filing for candidacy shall be initiated at the Anderson County Registration and Elections Office at 301 N. Main Street. Upon completion of the necessary candidacy forms, payment of the 200 filing fee shall be submitted to the City Clerk and Treasurer at City Hall, 401 S. Main Street.
City Attorney, Frankie McClain said the Municipal Election Commission is composed of three people who serve six-year terms. The Commission is charged
with the task of conducting the municipal elections. However, in 1994, the City transferred responsibility for the actual conduct of the elections to the Anderson County Registration and Elections Commission. This was done in an effort to provide for the uniformity in the conduct of municipal elections statewide. Thus, the MEC now serves more in an oversight capacity by certifying ballots, election results, etc. Time commitment is minimal due to the election process occurring every two years. However, the MEC members are required to attend local training as well as state wide training thus some travel is required.
Josh Allen, Richard E. Thompson, Jr., Robert B. King Jr., Goetz Eaton and Stacy Blair were previously appointed to 2-year terms beginning July 1,
2017 and ending June 30, 2019. Josh Allen has been designated Chief Judge for the Municipal Court. These Judges have received training and held their respective terms of court and assigned responsibilities.
Fire Chief, Randy Bratcher said pursuant to Section 22-31 of the Anderson City Code, the City has adopted the International Fire Code. In addition,
Chapter 46 of the Code provides for requirements for fire prevention and protection. In order to specify requirements for fire prevention and protection and to improve the enforcement of the requirements, it is the desire of the City of Anderson to amend Chapter 46.
Community Development Director, Erica Craft said the City of Anderson receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the US Department
of Housing and Urban Development as an entitlement grant. Last fall, City Council confirmed the allocation of CDBG funds toward activities such as demolition and clearance of substandard, blighted housing within the City s redevelopment areas and the Focus Area Neighborhoods (FANs). Over the years, there have been approximately 82 properties removed within the City limits.
Background: Pursuant to Section 22-31 of the Anderson City Code, the City has adopted the International Fire Code. In addition, Chapter 46 of the
Code provides for requirements for fire prevention and protection. In order to specify requirements for fire prevention and protection and to improve the enforcement of the requirements, it is the desire of the City of Anderson to amend Chapter 46. Council passed the ordinance on first reading at its December 9, 2019 meeting.
Background: The City was notified of a sinkhole along the rear of the building of 512 South Murray Avenue (commonly referred to as Mac s Tire). After
researching the history of the failing pipe, it was determined that the pipe is part of a stormwater drainage system that was built circa 1914 by the city as part of a railroad spur expansion. The City contracted with Davis Floyd to prepare an engineering study of the possible repair options. At the conclusion of the study, it was determined that the best option was to reroute the section of failing pipe to a location outside of the building footprint. Since initial discovery of the sinkhole, others have formed and continue to grow along a side line on the adjoining property.
This phase of the project involves design of the relocation and replacement of the affected portion of the drainage system, which will be performed
by Davis Floyd. Additionally, Schnabel Engineering will be contracted to evaluate the existing Mac s Tire building foundation (exposed by the pipe failure) and develop remediation plans for long-term stabilization of the building.
This project involves the replacement of a drainage system consisting of approximately 1,840 LF of failing 24 to 60 corrugated metal stormwater pipe
with high density polyethylene pipe (HDPE) using traditional dig and replace methods. The expected materials cost to complete the project is 293,468. By completing this project with city crews, we expect to realize a savings of approximately 372,000. A detailed list of expected expenditures and a project location map are attached.
Background: The City of Anderson has a permit from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). This permit (South Carolina NPDES
General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Regulated Small Municipal Storm Sewer Systems (SMS4), regulates the stormwater discharge into the City s drainage basins. The purpose of the TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) monitoring requirements is to improve water quality conditions in the drainage basins as per the requirements in the DHEC permit.
As per DHEC regulations, in 2014, the City developed TMDL monitoring and assessment plans for the Rocky River and Big Generostee Creek watersheds.
The plans provide in-stream monitoring strategies to characterize the quality and quantity of stormwater discharges, and are designed to evaluate improvement plans for identified pollutants. For the past four years, the City has conducted in-stream monitoring of stormwater runoff in the Rocky River and Big Generostee Creek watersheds. The plan and the implementation of the plan means that the City must continue sampling stormwater runoff during storm events and dry weather conditions throughout the year.
This year is continuation of the TMDL monitoring and implementation. Woolpert, Inc. has assisted previously with these regulatory requirements.
Woolpert, Inc. was selected during the RFQ process for on- call engineering services. The proposed contract is in the amount of 28,000. The scope of services below will meet SCDHEC permit requirements and the federally mandated component of the City s stormwater program.
o Approved Earth Grading and Materials bid to complete improvements in D.B. Walker Park to demolish an existing basketball court in preparation for
the addition of a pavilion where the court was. The picnic pavilion will be ADA compliant. Work will include site prep, demolition, grading, the addition of 5 feet of concrete and gazebo pads and landscaping.