Oconee County Magistrate Court Judge Eric W. Norris fined Oconee Waste Transport $1,425 last week for operating outside the business hours set forth in a rezone ordinance passed by the Board of Commissioners in September of 2010.
Judge Norris had found after a hearing before him on Sept. 14 that OWT had violated the rezone ordinance, but Norris did not enter his final order and specify the fine until Thursday. The $1,425 fine includes court and administrative costs. The base fine was $1,000.
Kathryn Zickert, OWT's attorney, told Judge Norris in a letter dated Sept. 18 that she plans to appeal his decision to the Oconee County Superior Court.
Matt Elder, president and chief executive officer of Oconee Waste Transport, is a member of the Oconee County Industrial Development Authority. The Board of Commissioners Tuesday reappointed Elder to the Authority, with his term to end in December of 2014.
For details on the ruling by Judge Norris and background on the rezone ordinance, go to Oconee County Observations.