SILER CITY — Commissioners approved a rezoning request for a local trucking company and salvage yard during their regular meeting on Monday.
The property, located at 140 Silk Hope Rd., is owned by Bryce Terell Horton, who previously came to the board after being notified by town staff about some complaints people made about the state of his property.
“Jack [Meadows, Siler City’s planning director] told me people were complaining, and we needed to do something about it,” Horton said in the March 21 meeting, “So, I said, ‘Let’s go ahead and do what we need to do.’”
Commissioners raised a number of concerns regarding the plans for some of the work Horton wanted to do on the property, home of Horton Trucking Company. Two involved having a proper buffer between the Chatham Memorial Park cemetery and the automobile graveyard and a proposed washing station for trucks.
After the March hearing, Horton talked to Meadows to see what needed to be done to address some of the concerns commissioners had. Horton ultimately decided to not pursue a wash station on his property, but to pursue a natural buffer between the cemetery and the business.
Commissioners emphasized they wanted to make sure Horton was able to continue operating his business while going through the process of cleaning up the property, which has been the subject of complaints from neighbors and other residents.
Commissioner Norma Boone applauded Horton for the work he’d done, and she said she wants to make sure he can flourish as a Siler City business owner.
“We want to be sure that whatever happens, we want him to be successful and get him to wherever he needs to be,” Boone said. “Just by looking at some of the plans that are here, it seems like there is that working relationship there, which is what we were looking for.”
Reporter Taylor Heeden can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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