Seneca moves forward with a pair of major utility improvement projects. At a special meeting, the city council signed off for the final time on an application, seeking an $11.6 million state loan to pay for work at the Seneca water treatment plant at the tip of Normandy Shores on Lake Keowee. It’s a loan for which the city will be required to pay back at an interest rate of 1.19%—-which Councilman Ernest Riley says is the smallest payback rate possible for a loan of that size. Authority was given last night to buy four acres across the street from the Light and Water Plant’s lay down yard. City Administrator Greg Dietterick said the property owner had accepted Seneca’s offer of $11,800. Property to the back of City Hall is to be used as the alternate location for a new Light and Water complex.