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County Council unanimously approves amendments to agreements with Zeus during brief meeting

April 4, 2019

Aiken County Council didn’t waste any time completing its work Tuesday evening.

The panel met for only eight minutes at the Aiken County Government Center.

All nine of its members were present.

“I think when you have a relatively short agenda and no controversial items on it, that makes for a quick meeting,” said County Council Chairman Gary Bunker.

The panel unanimously approved the third and final readings of two ordinances that amend the county’s 2008 agreements with Zeus Industrial Products Inc. to provide economic development incentives.

One of the ordinances expands the area of a joint county industrial and business park. It also changes the park’s name.

The other ordinance makes it possible for Zeus to include additional property and investment in a fee in lieu of taxes agreement.

Last year, Zeus announced it would be spending $15.7 million to expand its existing operations in Aiken County.

That expansion is expected to create 51 new jobs.

Zeus manufactures “precision polymer extrusions and custom tubing made from fluoropolymer resins” that are “useful in a wide variety of industries,” according to the company’s website.

In addition Tuesday night, County Council unanimously approved the following:

• The second reading of an ordinance that would amend and revise the service boundaries of Center Fire District and New Holland Fire District.

• The second reading of an ordinance that would change the zoning for approximately 12.5 acres of land on Henley Lane in Aiken from residential single-family conservation to agricultural preservation.

• The first reading of an ordinance, by title only, to grant a utility easement to the electric utility provider at Langley Pond Park near Warrenville for the finish line tower construction project.

• The first reading of an ordinance, by title only, to restrict the amounts and/or types of waste that would be accepted in landfills operated by the county.

Near the end of the meeting, Bunker recognized Assistant County Administrator Ashley Jacobs, who has accepted a new job as Beaufort County’s administrator.

Her last day as an Aiken County official is Thursday.

“We congratulate you on your great opportunity and thank you for your service to the people of Aiken County,” Bunker said.

Then Bunker and the other County Council members gave Jacobs a standing ovation.

Jacobs joined Aiken County’s staff, which includes another assistant administrator, Brian Sanders, in 2017.

During a work session prior to County Council’s meeting, Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian introduced the county’s new human resources director, Eileen Twomey, to the panel.

She succeeds Gayle Wolman, who retired last October.

Twomey, who moved here from Holly Springs, North Carolina, previously was the human resources director for MCNC, a technology nonprofit. Prior to that, she was a human resources director for Dell EMC, a computer data storage company.