Coun­cil Up­dated On Wa­ter Tower Costs

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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.

De­part­men­tal Re­ports

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.

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