Old hardware building

A proposed special-use permit would allow the old Walston Hardware building to become an upscale storage facility. (Town of Cedar Point photo)

Editor's note: This article was updated at 2:23 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2020, with information on changes to the platform of the meeting.

CEDAR POINT — Town Administrator David Rief said Monday residents of his town are generally hunkering down and following federal and state guidelines to try to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“Traffic is a lot less than it has been,” he said. “I was just out for a bit, and there’s not much traffic, even compared to last week. I think the (advice from health officials) is really kicking in.”

The board of commissioners will still hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, but the only people inside town hall will be Mr. Rief and Town Clerk Jayne Calhoun.

The town will broadcast the meeting via the Zoom platform, and those interested may also participate – audio only – by phone.

To participate by Zoom, if you don’t already have the app, download it at zoom.us/j/655187847.

Mr. Rief recommends participants download the app early, then try it out. If there are problems, you can call town hall at 252-393-7898 for help.

Some residents who wanted to participate in the meeting but didn’t want to risk a public gathering contacted town hall to ask for arrangements.

To participate in the meeting by phone, call 1-929-205-6099. When prompted, enter the meeting ID, 655187847.

The meeting features two public hearings, one on zoning ordinance text amendments and another on a proposed special-use permit to allow use of the Walston Hardware building at 1062 Highway 58 as an indoor, climate-controlled storage facility.

Mr. Rief said the town will open the public hearing on the text amendments, then table any decision until the board’s Tuesday, April 28 meeting.

As for the public hearing on the special-use permit, it’s a quasi-legal procedure. Mr. Rief said those who wish to participate must be sworn in and that will be done outside the town hall door.

The meeting will then recess until 6:45 p.m. so those people can return to their homes or offices and participate via Zoom. Those who want to participate should notify the town clerk by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

There is a separate meeting ID for this hearing. To use Zoom, enter the link us/j/865305501. To participate by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and enter the same meeting number.

Mr. Rief said the town is doing the best it can to protect public health and keep the wheels of government turning. He urged residents to be patient.

“This will be a first for all of us,” he said to residents. “Your patience and understanding is appreciated while we navigate these unchartered waters together.”

Mr. Rief formerly was an attorney for several towns in eastern North Carolina and he said he believes the meeting plan will pass muster under the state’s open meetings laws.

Cedar Point Town Hall is closed to the public but officials continue to work and will respond to emergencies.

Officials are urging residents and any visitors in town to do business with the town on its website, cedarpointnc.org/

Mr. Rief said Monday the system is working well, eliminating the need for people to come in to fill out paperwork for permits, payments or other documents.

 

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email Brad@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

 

 

(Previous report)

CEDAR POINT — Town commissioners during their monthly meeting Tuesday night will hold a public hearing on a proposed special-use permit to allow use of property at 1062 Highway 24 as an indoor, climate-controlled storage facility.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in town hall off Sherwood Avenue.

The proposal is to use the soon-to-close Walston Hardware building for the new facility.

The property is zoned B-1 (general business), and the proposed use is allowed in that zone as a special-use under the town’s Unified Development Ordinance.

In the permit application, the applicant states the existing building exterior will not be altered in any way, but the 1,600-square-foot building would be converted to 90 indoor, climate-controlled self-storage units.

It also states landscaping will be maintained on the property’s borders, and one existing curb cut might be eliminated onto Highway 24.

The applicant states the number of vehicles entering and exiting Highway 24 “will reduce greatly relative to its present use,” with approximately 15-20 accesses per day after the facility reaches full capacity.

No additional utilities are envisioned for the new use.

The applicant states, “Self-storage business is very low-impact in nature. The contents consisting of household goods are contained within the owner’s unit. No outside storage or parking of vehicles is allowed on site except during loading and unloading.”

Customers are to be limited to storage of household goods and office equipment. No flammable materials, toxic materials, foods or any other hazardous products are allowed, according to the applicant.

Additionally, customers cannot maintain a business or stay for long periods of time at the facility.

“Activity is monitored by surveillance cameras and recorded to ensure there is no unlawful occupation of the facility,” the applicant states.

Town commissioners, after the public hearing, must make specific findings of fact to either approve the application, deny it or approve it with conditions.

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email Brad@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

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