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GMD recognizes Industrial Users

Greenwood Metropolitan District honored the following industrial users for compliance with the Industrial Pretreatment Program in 2015.

Silver Awards were presented to Greenwood Fabricating & Plating, Greenwood Mills Harris Plant and MEC.

Gold Awards were presented to Ascend Performance Materials Operations LLC, CNC Plating, Covidien LP, Eaton's Cooper Power Systems LLC, Fujifilm Manufacturing USA Inc., Greenwood County Landfill and Velux.

Gold Star Awards were presented to CNC Plating and Greenwood County Landfill for achieving five consecutive years without a violation.

From left, front row, are Donna Trowell, Fujifilm; Donna Sightler, Greenwood County Public Works; and Shannon Lewis, Ascend. Back row: Isreal Hodges, Fujifilm; Scott Wells, Covidien; Rob Schoenberger, Eaton's Cooper Power Systems; John Lake, Greenwood Fabricating and Plating; Chuck Surrett, CNC Plating; Rex Reese, Velux; and Randall Fain, CNC Plating.

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Sullivan Street CDBG

The South Carolina Department of Commerce announced June 19, 2014 that the Greenwood Metropolitan District (GMD) in partnership with Greenwood County has been awarded a $700,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).   The Sullivan Street project was selected to receive the grant through a statewide competitive process. 

 

The Greenwood Metropolitan District (GMD) will use the $700,000 federal grant to make improvements to its wastewater collection system, replacing pipes that are more than 75 years old. The project will be install approximately 4,700 feet of new eight-inch sewer collection lines on Sullivan Street, Jacobs Street, Walker Avenue, Addison Avenue, and Richards Street.

 

Since 2006, GMD has received $3.8 million in CDBG funds which the District has used to help upgrade its wastewater collection system. George Martin, GMD’s General Manager said we are very pleased that the Department of Commerce continues to make this investment in upgrading the sewer system and thereby helping protecting the environment and public health for those who live Greenwood.

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GMD receives $750,000 grant

The South Carolina Department of Commerce announced July 10, 2015 that the Greenwood Metropolitan District (GMD) in partnership with Greenwood County has been awarded a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).   The Stockman Branch Phase 2 project was selected to receive the grant through a statewide competitive process. 

 

The Greenwood Metropolitan District (GMD) will use the $750,000 federal grant to make improvements to its wastewater collection system, replacing pipes that are more than 75 years old. The project will be install approximately 900 feet of new 15-inch sewer lines, 3,300 feet of new 8-inch sewer collection lines, 27 manholes and rehabilitate the service connections for 116 homes in the Gage Street and Greene Street area. The bidding process is anticipated to begin in January 2016.

 

GMD is pleased that the Department of Commerce continues to make this investment in upgrading the sewer system and thereby helping protecting the environment and public health for those who live Greenwood.

Sample Branch Phase 1

The Greenwood Metropolitan District (GMD) is announcing the start of the “Sample Branch Replacement Sewer – Phase 1” a sewer trunk line replacement project in the area between Airport Road and Bypass 72. This initial phase will install approximately 8,000 feet of 24-inch diameter sewer line and 1,800 feet of 8-inch diameter sewer line. Construction will start near the Glendale Heights Subdivision between Airport Road and Laurel Road and continue along Sample Branch crossing Laurel Road, Sample Road and Bypass 72 ending at Bradford Place behind Quality Kia.

 

The $2,613,000 project was awarded to Don Moorhead Construction, inc of Belton, SC. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed by July 2016.

 

The current sewer trunk line was constructed before 1960 and is now in a reduced structural condition, which allows unwanted surface water and groundwater to get into the sewer lines increasing the possibility of a sanitary sewer overflows (SSO). Additionally, the line is undersized for the growth that has occurred along the Highway 72 corridor. The complete replacement of this sewer line will eliminate the unwanted water, reduce the potential for SSO’s, improving the water quality of Sample Branch and Rocky Creek and provides additional capacity for economic development. The project is being fully funded with rate payer funds.

GMD sewer line replacement

August 19, 2014

 

The Greenwood Metropolitan District (GMD) is announcing the start of a sewer line replacement project in the area between Reynolds Avenue and Parker Avenue. The “Grendel Mill Village Sewer upgrade” will install approximately 4,300 feet of 8-inch diameter sewer line beginning on Cokesbury Street and continuing to Pelzer Street, Jordan Street, Klugh Street, and Parker Avenue

Many of the existing sewer lines are located under homes making them inaccessible for maintenance activities. This has resulted in lines that are in poor structural condition and allow unwanted surface water and groundwater to get into the sewer lines increasing the possibility of a sanitary sewer overflows (SSO). The complete replacement and relocation of these sewer lines will eliminate the unwanted water, reduce SSO’s and improve the water quality. The $966,000 project is being funded in part by a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant. Construction began on August 18, 2014 and will continue until April 2015.

 

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GMD receives DHEC award

April 15, 2014

Greenwood Metropolitan District General Manager George Martin, congratulates Operations Director Jamie Peeler on behalf of GMD for receiving the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Facility Excellence Award.This award, is for the Wilson Creek Treatment Plant and the West Alexander Treatment Plant. The award is given to wastewater treatment facilities that have remained in total compliance with their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit requirements.

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Wilson Creek Plaque Dedication

November 12, 2013

Greenwood Metropolitan District Commissioners, employees and representatives from Davis & Floyd, Inc. dedicated a plaque to commemorate improvements at the Wilson Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility. GMD and Davis & Floyd have partnered in three construction projects over the past 10 years to improve peak flow capacity and nutrient removal capability. Two pecan trees were also dedicated in memory of GMD Commissioner Gene Hancock and Davis & Floyd Construction Inspector Jack Alexander, both of whom passed away this year and were involved with these projects.

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From left to right: Jamie Peeler GMD Operations Director,  Jerry R. Timmons PE, CEO & COO Davis & Floyd, Commissioner Michael Monaghan, Commissioner Henry Watts, Commissioner Art Bush, Commissioner Byron Smith, Danny Ware Project Manager Davis & Floyd, Robert Turner Wilson Creek Operations Supervisor 

Commissioner Art Bush Appointed to GMD board

Mr. Art Bush was sworn in on July 22, 2013 to fill the seat formerly held by Commissioner Gene Hancock, who passed away in July after a battle with cancer. The GMD staff welcomes Commissioner Bush and looks forward to working with him for the good of the Greenwood community.

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GMD Partners with Clemson University on Research & Education Center on Human Genetics

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Clemson University, in conjunction with the Greenwood Genetic Center, will expand existing facilities of the J.C. Self Research Institute to add a 17,000-square-foot research and education center in human genetics. The site is located adjacent to the Greenwood Genetic Center within the Greenwood Research Park. GMD is proud to have partnered with Greenwood County, the City of Greenwood, Greenwood Partnership Alliance, The Self Family Foundation, Greenwood Genetic Center, Greenwood Commission of Public Works, and others who volunteered time and money to make this project possible.


The Clemson University Center for Human Genetics will be a core campus for recruiting research and development companies engaged in human diagnostics, cognitive development, central nervous system, autism, birth defects, cancer and inflammatory diseases. The project will expand Clemson University’s existing doctoral program in human genetics, and create an internationally competitive research and development team. Additionally, the research has the potential to identify better treatments for chronic disorders, such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

“This project is the result of a seven-year effort by the entire community,” Clemson University President James F. Barker said. “The collaboration creates a center with state-of-the-art genetic equipment and expertise in the heart of South Carolina.” Steven A. Skinner, Greenwood Genetic Center director and senior clinical geneticist, said the collaboration provides the foundation for the advancement of genetic diagnosis and therapeutics for patients not only across South Carolina, but globally. The presence of Clemson faculty and graduate students will enhance the already world-class research conducted in Greenwood, and will vastly increase the research capacity towards the goal of reducing the impact of genetic disorders.

Mark Warner, chief executive officer of Greenwood Partnership Alliance, said the initiative represents economic benefits to the county and the state. The state will benefit from increased research, development and manufacturing with potential to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs in research, manufacturing and agriculture during the next decade.

Information Courtesy of UpstateSCAlliance