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Attorney fees awarded to plaintiff in Oswego County Flow Control lawsuit

by Carol Thompson

The United States District Court District of New York has placed a judgment on attorney’s fees in a civil case against the County of Oswego.

The full legislature has been asked to approve the transfer of $65,214 from the appropriated fund balance to the insurance reserve.

The court ordered the county to pay the attorney fees for Jeff Holbrook, who sued over the Flow  Control law. The judgment is dated March 23. The United States District Court in Syracuse struck down Oswego County’s Flow Control Law earlier last summer as unconstitutionally vague.

For the past 15 years, Holbrook has operated the JWJ Transfer Station in Oswego County under a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The JWJ Transfer Station accepts construction and demolition waste that is generated both in and out of Oswego County pursuant to the DEC Permit.

Oct. 13, 2008, the Oswego County Legislature enacted the Oswego County Recycling & Solid Waste Local Law. Most of the Solid Waste Law became effective on January 1, 2009.

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