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Council poised to appoint special judge
Will preside over alcohol license violation hearings
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After amending the Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance in March to turn hearings on license violation cases over to an administrative judge, Statesboro City Council has a proposal on Tuesday's agenda to appoint Tom A. Peterson IV, an attorney from Vidalia, for the task. The regular council meeting begins at 9 a.m. In a letter provided to the council, Peterson said he will charge the city a flat fee of $850 for each court day lasting up to five hours, including two hours of expected round-trip travel time. For any time spent on the work outside the five-hour limit, "such as drafting orders of my findings of fact and conclusions of law or appeal responses in contested matters," he said he will bill the city $185 per hour.
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