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Hydrant Flushing
During the month of May, the City of Anderson's fire department will be flushing all city fire hydrants. What do you need to know about this operation? Well we are glad you asked! Flushing allows the City to.

As a result, you may experience discolored water. If so, remember that it is temporary and not harmful. Simply run your cold water for approximately 5 minutes or until the water returns to normal. If it does not return within a reasonable time, please contact Electric City Utilities at (864) 231-5230. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this required operation.

Video cameras at Signalized Intersections
A $540,000, traffic signal project, including 12 intersection upgrades ($45,000 per intersection), is underway on Clemson Boulevard. ALS of North Carolina is the primary contractor for this work and all work should be completed, weather permitting, around April, 2012.

The project is funded with federal dollars. Each intersection was upgraded to current requirements of the American Disabilities Act.

All intersections from US Route 76 East North Street at SC Route 28 through US Route 76 at Salem Church Road are interconnected with fiber optic communication and will run six time patterns to accommodate traffic flow at different times of the day. Cameras will be used for vehicle detection at each intersection. This should ensure better traffic flow on Clemson Boulevard.

Pedestrian heads and buttons will be at each intersection to help pedestrians cross Clemson Boulevard. All traffic signal heads will have reflectorized back plates for better visibility at night.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the cameras for?
The overhead cameras at a traffic signal are solely for detecting the presence of vehicles in order to provide the best distribution of green time based on traffic demand. They are cost-effective replacements for in-ground induction loops that are cut into the pavement. The cameras are not focused on the driver, but instead on the vehicle as it moves toward the intersection. As the vehicle enters defined areas or "zones" within the camera's field of view, the camera's processor detects a change in the zone. An output is sent to the traffic signal's controller (the computerized "brain" housed in a nearby metallic cabinet controlling the intersection's timing) that says a vehicle is requesting green time for its direction.

Who is watching me through these cameras?
There is no constant surveillance or archiving of these images. The camera view is a fixed focus, fixed location image (there is no zooming or moving the cameras once they are installed). The image is analyzed by the camera processor only for the simple presence of vehicles within defined areas or zones. The resolution of the image by these cameras is not good enough to read license plates or distinguish any facial features, as shown in a typical snapshot here:

Signal Cameras

Will I get a ticket if I run the red light or speed through the intersection as a result of these cameras?
These particular cameras are in no way tied to any law enforcement system. They are solely for detecting the presence of vehicles within their view. They are not capable of producing an image detailed enough to read license plates or facial features.

Ribbon Cutting: Huntington Lake Restoration
A ribbon cutting was held on July 21 for the Huntington Lake Restoration. In the mid 2000's, a piping system that controlled water flowing out of Huntington Lake failed, resulting in the 11-acre lake draining. A 365-acre drainage area contributes runoff to Lake Huntington. Site investigations and surveys indicated the need to reinforce the existing dam with additional earthen fill along the sides of the dam. Additionally, the lake had silted in and excavation of the lake was completed.

A labyrinth weir spillway was then constructed, providing the most stable and long term solution. The intent of the design was to reduce the 2, 5, 10 and 25-year storm event outflows from the dam to 70 percent of the pre-existing values, decreasing flooding and erosion along Cox Creek and further downstream. Construction Photos

Stormwater Utility
In 2006 the City of Anderson began a process to implement a stormwater management program as required by the State and Federal government. This process required the City to submit an application for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

The permit requires the City to address the quality of stormwater runoff through a number of requirements, including a reliable and sufficient source of funding for the program. To this end, the City has established a Stormwater Utility.

Recycle Grass Clippings
Weekly, City crews collect neighborhood yard waste and dispose of it at the Starr C&D Landfill. You can help reduce this waste stream and conserve landfill space by recycling your yard waste. Consider creating backyard compost. You may even discover composting to be a good way to re-use natural elements, help the environment, conserve dollars, and produce a high quality and inexpensive soil amendment all at the same time. If you have questions, call Public Works at 231-2246.

What is trash?

Collection schedule:

How you can help?

If you are interested in obtaining this mulched material, call (864) 231-2246. The City will haul it to you free provided that the haul distance is less than the distance to the landfill. Monitor the city website or call Public Works, (864) 231-2246 to determine your collection day.

Separate Trash
Different types of trash require specific types of disposal. You can help keep our streets cleaner and provide a more efficient means of collection by separating your trash appropriately. Please remember to separate your limbs, leaves, and other yard waste from household materials such as construction debris and appliances. Metal and appliances must be separated, too. So, if the City collected your neighbor's trash and left your trash behind, the problem may be mixed trash that cannot be collected by City crews. If you have questions, call (864) 231-2246.

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