BY KARISSA MILLER

Iredell County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a request to rezone approximately 2.28 acres from residential to General Business use for a landscaping company off Hickory Highway.

The property is at the corner of Hickory Highway and Gilbert Road near Statesville.

Before the vote, Kandice Corza, the applicant and owner of JK Corza Landscaping, addressed the board during a public hearing about her proposed request.

“We’re just trying to make a living. We are just trying to do things legally and go through the process we need to do to be able to run our business,” Corza said.

She explained that after neighbors complained about the appearance of the property, they have cleaned everything up and removed items that didn’t pertain to the business.

“Anything else we need to do, we’re willing to do,” she added.

Neighbor Trent Cloninger, who has a farm adjoining the property, addressed the board and said that he doesn’t have an issue with the rezoning request.

While there were a few initial complaints, Cloninger said, Corza has improved the look of the property by building fences and planting trees.

While no one spoke out in opposition, a few opponents showed up at an earlier meeting to express concerns about the appearance of the property, the unloading and loading of equipment and burning on the property.

Iredell County Planning Director Matthew Todd told commissioners that multiple conditions have been put in place to safeguard the surrounding homeowners, including no burning on the property.

Commissioner Scottie Brown reminded the applicant that she has to stay compliant with the conditions.

County manager: Beware of property tax scam

County Manager Beth Mull wants the public to be aware of some scamming calls and letters by individuals are posing as representatives of the county’s tax office.

Mull said that some individuals have received calls and been told that need to make a payment over the phone to avoid foreclosure on their home.

Mull said that the tax office would never call and require a payment over the phone. She advises the public to not give out their credit card number or mail a check into wherever it is directing you to do so.

If you receive a call or a letter in the mail and have any concerns or questions about it, call the county tax office for assistance. The number is 704-878-3020.

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