A requested rezoning of property on Reavis Road was put off Feb. 20 by the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners following opposition from several neighbors who are concerned the business designation is not in line with the residential area where it is located.
A public hearing was held in regard to the rezoning of two properties. A property located at 1431 Reavis Road was requested to be rezoned from Rural Agriculture to Highway Business. A second property located on U.S. 601 Hwy. South was requested to be rezoned from Highway Business to Manufacturing Industrial.
Owner Robert Baldwin spoke on behalf of the rezoning of his property on Reavis Road.
Several speakers also voiced opposition in regard to the Reavis Road property. Brenda Oliver, Kim McDevitt and Elaine Nance noted in the meeting that loud noises such as that of welding are frequently heard coming from the property from early in the morning until late into the night. The sounds have been interfering with people trying to sleep, the speakers noted. The increased truck and trailer traffic in the small family neighborhood was also of concern. Oliver also mentioned the smell from diesel trucks.
That rezoning was tabled and no decision was made.
The U.S. 601 property was rezoned as requested.
Boy Scouts from Troop 640 from Courtney, 653 from Boonville, and 655 from Yadkinville lead the pledge of allegiance at the meeting. The Scouts also stayed for the meeting to learn about local government for a merit badge.
During public comments, Randy Brooks addressed the commissioners asking for support in the matter of maintenance on Marvin Road. Brooks said the road was taken over by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in 2003 and some initial maintenance was done, though nothing has been done since that time. The road is in poor condition due to rain run-off, Brooks reported.
Approved at the meeting was a resolution to declare March as Abandoned Cemetery Awareness Month. Local historian Andrew Mackie addressed the board on the matter. Abandoned cemeteries are defined as not having had a burial in more than 50 years.
Mackie said there are around 600 abandoned cemeteries in the county. Some are maintained by citizens, but many are not maintained and are subject to desecration and destruction. County residents with abandoned cemeteries on their property are asked to record them on their property deeds.
The next meeting of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners will be March 6 at 9 a.m.
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