Council Updated On Water Tower Costs
Mayor John Sellers updated the council on the progress of Anderson’s new water tower during Tuesday’s regular meeting. He provided each member with the engineer’s estimate for the project, noting the estimate was excessive — in scope and cost. Sellers said the estimate to disassemble the tower, transport it from Pineville and re-assemble it on a solid foundation was almost $400,000, but he believes the project could be executed at a cost of less than half that.
Subsequently, a new water line will need to be installed as well. The engineer’s cost estimate for installation is $226,000 — which Sellers believes could also be thinned out.
The city currently has about 8 hours of emergency water supply stored in its tower. With the installation of a new tower, the emergency water supply would be bolstered to 24 hours.
After discussion, the council voted to put the projects out to bid, with only the necessary specifications and the contingency to deny all bids if necessary.
Following a brief public hearing, council members also voted to instate updated property tax rates. Anderson has two taxes — one permanent and one temporary that is renewed every five years by a vote of the people. The 2018 permanent tax rate as proposed by the state auditor is 0.2482 per $100 of assessed valuation. This is an increase of 0.0026. The 2018 temporary tax rate as proposed by
the state auditor is 0.3696 per $100 of assessed valuation. This is an increase of 0.6114.
The combined increases set the tax rate at 0.6178 and create a difference of 0.0064 or 6.4 tenths of a cent.
Mayor Sellers explained the rates in a written statement available at Anderson City Hall. He noted that, if a person owned a home with the market value of $50,000, his property tax would equal $58.69 per year.
Funds gathered help to support operations at city hall, police and fire departments, as well as the summer ball program for the youth.
Police Chief Seth Daniels told council members he took the city’s troublesome patrol vehicle to the dealership and had a loose connection repaired.
Daniels informed the council that the police department’s roof is showing signs of water leakage. The council gave Daniels permission to seal the leaks himself. Alderman Gene Cantrell highly suggested Flex Seal.
Public Works Director Ben Shoemaker spoke about ongoing issues with trash at the public access bridge behind Casey’s.
“My guys remove 15 to 20 bags of trash there each week,” he said.
Shoemaker suggested additional receptacles. Mayor Sellers noted the council previously approved the installation of a gate there that would lock at night. The council gave Shoemaker permission to move forward with erecting a gate.
In other business, the council:
Voted to approve an adjustment to a water bill regarding Whistler Flats;
Voted to advertise for a new city employee;
Approved payment of $5,000 towards the city’s line-of-credit with Arvest; • Approved a transfer of $1,500 from Operations and Maintenance to General Fund to repay a previous internal loan;
Approved payment of $500 from General Fund to Summer Rec; and
Heard from Ken Schutten, director of the Anderson Betterment Club. Schutten updated members on upcoming ABC events.