Judge Allows Trucker To Use Norwood Streets
A St. Lawrence County judge has dismissed an appeal filed by the village of Norwood in an effort to block a trucking firm from using village streets posted with an eight-ton weight limit.
Gene Knowlton was acquitted of violating Norwood's highway weight limit when a Canton judge ruled in June it was "unreasonable" to force Knowlton & Son Trucking to drive a lengthy detour to stay within the village's highway weight law.
Knowlton's company hauls loads of salt throughout the county.
The village appealed the local court's ruling.
County court Judge Jerome Richards dismissed the appeal.
"A trial verdict of not guilty is not on the list of appealable orders," Richards ruled.
He also found "the record on appeal does not support the trial court's conclusion that the village ordinance or law is unfair."
"Disputes such as this one are most effectively handled as civil actions for declaratory judgment in Supreme Court."
Friday, April 18, 2014, Watertown, NY
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