Judge: Norwood Weight Limit Unreasonable

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A judge has ruled that a Norwood trucking company can continue to use village streets to avoid having to take a 22 mile detour.

Gene Michael Knowlton operates a trucking company on River Road and uses Norwood streets to connect to state and county roads to make salt deliveries. The village has had an eight ton limit on its books for years but didn't aggressively enforced it until earlier this year.
 
Knowlton was ticketed by village police in January for operating his trucks over the posted weight limit. Village officials say the heavy trucks are damaging streets.
 
Knowlton's case was transferred to Canton Court when a Potsdam judge removed himself from the case.
 
Canton Town Justice Cathleen O'Horo found Knowlton not guilty of the Vehicle and Traffic violation following a May 16 trial.  Court documents say "the Court finds it unreasonable on the part of the village to expect the defendant to always travel over 20 miles in order to conduct business."
 
Village officials are reviewing the ruling before deciding whether to appeal.

(Read, watch our earlier coverage here.)

Monday, December 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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