CITY COUNCIL RETREAT ISSUES AND MAJOR PROJECTS

Quarterly Report
October-December 2016

Retreat Issues

  • Economic Development
    • Entrepreneurial Programs
      • e‐Spark Lunch & Share Series
        • October 10: Market Feasibility
        • November 21: Develop Plans of Actions
    • Business Recruitment
      • Business Assistance Program Awards:
        • The Dog House on Society $4,362.10 Interior up fit
      • 19 Business licenses issued (City‐wide); 1 Business license issued Downtown (First Family Realty)
      • Prospect Contacts (City‐wide):
        • Commercial, entertainment and housing
      • Prospect Contacts (Downtown):
        • 8 commercial, 3 residential and 1 industrial
      • Continued to partner with Clemson Area SBDC to offer free and confidential consulting to businesses citywide
    • Development Projects
      • Completed
        • The Dog House on Society
        • Anderson School of Dance
      • Under construction
        • The Bleckley Inn Event Center
        • Shucks Oyster Bar
        • Foster’s Main Events event venue & retail space
        • Aldi Food Store
        • Residential Units 300 N Main Street
        • Country Club Event Venue
        • Wilhite House being restored by private developer to a 5 bedroom single‐family home with future
        • Tba Downtown Dog Park – expected opening February 2017
    • New Projects
      • K‐Mart Annexation Project – Entered into a 5‐year Developer Agreement for $200,000
  • Hospitality Program
    • Received County ATAX grant for:
      • Downtown Billboard ‐ $7,000
    • Received City ATAX grants for:
      • Movie Nights in CWP‐ $2,500
      • Holiday Ice‐ $5,000
      • FreshTaste‐ $2,750
      • Hospitality Program‐ $10,000
    • Events
      • Continued to facilitate special events in Carolina Wren Park and Downtown:
        • FreshTaste
        • Anderson University’s Homecoming Dance
        • Holiday Ice
        • Movie Nights
        • First Fridays
        • Tree Lighting & Christmas Parade
  • Neighborhoods and Housing
    • Continued gathering, assessing and reviewing data to enhance a comprehensive approach to neighborhood revitalization (to supplement the adopted 2009 Neighborhood Revitalization Implementation Plan)
  • Recreation
    • Master Plan Update
      • The LandPlan Group South completed survey results, facility inventory. Draft findings and recommendations will be presented in first quarter 2017.

Major Projects

  • Courts
    • Study Court System and develop modification plans as needed
      • Instituted new court schedule to reduce court time for officers and public
      • Ongoing review of court policies and procedures and adjust to improve services
      • Implemented new process on Domestic Violence cases so that city prosecutor, contract public defender, victims, and victim witness are involved in the process of these cases.
  • Fire
    • New Ladder Truck
      • Dedication of Ladder 1 in November
      • Training on operations on Ladder 1 complete
      • Ladder 1 was placed in service on December 4th
    • New Engine
      • All equipment has arrived for the new engine
      • The engine is in the build process
      • Delivery expected in mid February
  • Planning and Development
    • Re‐ evaluated state and non‐state street conditions in order to develop paving priority lists
      • Staff utilized a ranking criteria to determine roads in most need of resurfacing
      • Submitted draft list to Council for their review and input
      • Resolution approved by Council on September 14, 2015
      • Submitted to the Anderson County Transportation Committee (ACTC) for their review on September 15, 2015
      • ACTC funding for resurfacing several state secondary roads approved on October 26, 2015
      • Resurfacing began in June 2016 and will follow a 2 year contract to pave 20+ streets
    • Comprehensive Plan Update
      • Staff finalizing draft language for the standard elements of the plan
      • Appalachian Council of Governments will facilitate public input sessions and delivery of a final plan for consideration by Council
      • Public input sessions beginning in early 2017 and final product to be completed in mid 2017
  • Neighborhoods and Housing
    • Implementing Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) ‐ a grant of $ $424,504 for the acquisition and demolition of an estimated thirteen (13) substandard, vacant houses; working in coronation with Nehemiah Corporation and ACDC
    • Held closings for the following Anderson Community Development Corporation (ACDC) properties: 1508 Mitchell Street, 225 Caughlin Avenue, 119 Marion Street, 1002 E. Whitner Street, 220 Wardlaw Street, 1406 W. Whitner Street and 50 North Street, 908 E. Whitner Street and 710 A & B Beechwood Avenue
    • Executed contracts and Notices to Proceed with Trinity Abatement LLC for asbestos abatement at five (5) ACDC units: 415 Southwood Street, 501 Southwood Street, 414 Johnson Street, 801 S. Towers Street, 501 Carver Street
    • Executed contracts and Notices to Proceed with Trinity Abatement LLC for asbestos abatement at three (3) Nehemiah Community Revitalization Corporation units: 1407 Watson Street, 1408 Newell Street and 215 Cleveland Avenue
    • Submitted draft contracts to SC State Housing for Phillips Recoveries to demolish eight (8) units.
  • Public Works
    • Stormwater Project
      • Old North Anderson Sewer and Stormwater Improvements (joint project working in conjunction with Parks and Recreation and Stormwater)
        • James Street paving remains to be completed
    • Transit Department
      • We received confirmation of $969,127 from SCDOT on 100% vehicle acquisition capital money to replace two buses, a new 32’ CNG bus to replace the 2001 Replica Trolley and a new 35’ CNG bus to replace the 2006 40’ ElDorado Axcess.
      • We received confirmation of $215,400 from SCDOT on 100% 5339 funds to up‐fit two transit bays into our new CNG Maintenance Facility.
      • Continued mapping all of the Transit bus stops for new mapping system.
      • Designed new bus stop signs for each route to be relevant to the color of the route. The Red, Blue and Green route signs have been installed.
  • Recreation
    • Recreation Projects
      • Consolidated Southern completed the reconditioning of the generator in Generator Park. The process included cleaning and two coats of paint.
      • Reconology removed coating and created a broom finish on spray pad in Carolina Wren Park.
      • Holiday Ice skate rink installed and opened to the public on November 18th. Season will operate through January 17th.
      • Security cameras have been installed in Church Street Heritage Park. Staff has the ability to view cameras from mobile device.
  • Utilities
    • EPA CMOM Program – Consent Agreement with goal of eliminating Sanitary Sewer Overflows (ongoing since July 2014)
      • Submitted 7th Quarter progress report to EPA in October 2016
      • Continued implementation of 9 approved programs
        • Mapping, Overflow Response, Emergency Response, Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG), Gravity Line, Pump Station, Training, Sewer Assessment & Capacity Assurance
      • Planned FOG Inspection visits for Calendar year 2017
      • Continued development of Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program
      • Received bids on the Mall Road and Wedgewood Drive Pump Station Replacement Project
    • Old North Anderson Sewer and Stormwater Improvements (joint project working in conjunction with Parks and Recreation and Stormwater)
      • James Street paving remains to be completed
    • West Franklin Street Waterline Improvements – Replacing 80‐90 year old water lines subject to frequent breaks and quality complaints
      • Began construction in May 2016
      • Completed 100% of the construction through December 2016
      • Completed final paving in December 2016
      • Performed walk through and punch list in December 2016
      • Complete project in January 2017
  • Police
    • Implementation of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) award for the City of Anderson Police Department. This award was for $55,450, the agency developed a Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the purpose of procuring Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) for its law enforcement personnel and all Class 1 officers are equipped with a body camera.
    • Continuation of third year of the grant from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety for (2) Traffic Safety Officers (personnel only with training).
    • Continuation and partnership with the Law Enforcement & Community Task Force; goal is enhanced community partnerships and information/education within the law enforcement community, faith community, and community at‐large. Participated in several Ice Cream with Cops at Vacation Bible Schools and planned numerous Trunk or Treat activities. Chief Stewart most recently attended a community forum at Anderson University with over 300 students in attendance.
    • Implementation and upgrade of current record management system for incident reporting system and jail management system. Upgrades for mobile hand held reporting systems in progress with wireless data access. Compliance with all CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Systems) requirements.
    • Planning process started for the state requirement mandate from Governor Haley for compliance in eticketing.
    • Equipment replacement plan in progress utilizing MASC/SCMIRF grants and DEA e‐share funding for replacement of tasers and vests.
  • IT
    • Continued implementing long range hardware replacement plan for all pc’s, servers, and network equipment (This is an ongoing project)
      • All new computers have been installed
      • Next new computer lease will occur in FY 17/18
    • Continued working with provider for service of video cameras located in parks, downtown and recreation areas
      • Continued working with AT&T and other vendors, developing plans, processes, etc. to ultimately bring all camera maintenance in house.
      • Continued to standardize our equipment with AT&T wireless, Cradlepoint SIM routers, and Vicon cameras
      • Installed 5 new cameras in the Church St. Heratige Park
      • This will be a long term project whose completion will coordinate with available funding and new installations
    • Began the process of working with our Utilities Division to choose a vendor for a Computerized Maintenance Management System.
    • Completed the installation of the new Audio Visual system in the City Council chambers.
    • Continued security awareness training for all City employees. Three sections have been completed that consisted of interactive online videos and simulated phishing attacks. Topics covered include strong passwords, phishing, and mobile security.
  • Finance
    • Budget 2016‐2017
      • Submitted to GFOA for consideration of the Distinguished Budget Award
    • Audit
      • Audit for year ending 6‐30‐16
      • Presentation – January, 2017
    • Property Taxes
      • Combined Anderson County notices mailed in October with January, 2017 due date
    • Business Licenses
      • Renewal applications mailed in December with March, 2017 due date
    • Electric City Utilities
      • Utility billing software installation completed
  • General – Communications Program
    • Law Enforcement and Community Task Force
      • Planned and facilitated monthly meeting series with 15‐20 regular members including pastors, APD and City officials
      • Halloween safety event at elementary school
      • Panel discussion at McCants Middle School
      • Coordinated holiday tie‐in events including churches and nonprofits
      • Presentation to Men’s Club
    • Church Street Heritage
      • Implementing NEA Grant Award
      • Design/Build team regular meetings
      • Public call for sculpture artists initiated
      • Technical Assistance team communications and webinars
      • Public meeting presentation held at St. Paul Baptist Church
      • Presentation to Pendleton artists group
    • Events
      • Fire Department dedication event
      • Fresh Taste
      • Silver Brook Cemetery All Saints Day Tour
      • Downtown Holiday events
      • Planning for Mayor’s MLK Breakfast
    • Videos
      • Church Street Meetings
      • Fire Department engine dedication
      • Fresh Taste
      • Christmas Tree Lighting
      • Christmas Parade
      • Holiday Ice
    • Community Outreach
      • Anderson Heritage
      • Sister Cities Board
      • Anderson Garden Club Silver Brook Cemetery Presentation