November 4, 2014
Today the injunction against the Jasper County BOC and JCWSA was heard at 9:45am by Judge E. Trenton Brown III. Attorneys James Alexander and David Ozburn both represented the BOC with Attorney Russell Thomas representing JCWSA. Karen Degges and Frank Sherrill were present in the courtroom with their attorneys.
Mr. Ozburn immediately requested the Judge to dismiss the case stating that “absolutely no action had been taken” concerning the BOC and JCWSA, and that the injunction would stop the BOC from doing something they were allowed to do. Mary Patrick rebutted with arguments. The Judge questioned why this was an emergency, and Mrs. Patrick explained that the BOC had put the issue of “JCWSA Billing Proposal” on the agenda last night (11/3/14), and then tabled it at the meeting. She brought out other issues in the written injunction as well.
Judge Brown said he would do his own research and take the motion to dismiss under advisement and would rule quickly.
Mr. Charles Forsythe was allowed to video the hearing, so portions of it will be posted when we receive the ruling. You can check his site here.
As a note, JCWSA called a meeting last night and met at 6:00PM in Executive Session. Mr. Frank Sherrill (JCWSA engineer and now consultant and liaison for JCWSA) was seen leaving the courthouse yesterday evening at 5:30PM before the 6:00PM BOC meeting. Comm. Henry, Comm. Trammell, and Karen Degges were present in the BOC meeting room before 5:30PM.
During the BOC meeting last night Comm. Trammell repeatedly spoke of “meeting this morning” and “while I was here this morning” and “when we met this morning.” After the meeting he was questioned by Mary Patrick as to who met that morning. Comm. Trammell, Comm. Salmon, Karen Degges, Jim Alexander and David Ozburn all met yesterday morning to decide their plan of action which obviously included removing the “JCWSA Billing Proposal” off the agenda and then using that as a defense in court that the BOC had taken “absolutely no action.”
Thank you to everyone that attended the hearing as well to those that stopped by the courthouse after the hearing was over. We will keep you posted!
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