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The Oconee Planning Commission has sided with 946 petitioners trying to block a proposed vehicle impoundment lot across from the Farmington Depot. 

In a unanimous vote, the commission recommended denial of a special use permit for 1010 Salem Road, the intersection of Macon Highway and Salem Road. The Board of Commissioners will vote on the matter at its June 4 meeting at 6 p.m. 

The property owners, Mike Thornton and Tommy Saxon, are seeking the permit on behalf of HPC Auto Services owner Ben Hanley. His towing and wrecker business is based out of Madison County. 

Hanley said that at present, Oconee County has only one towing company. 

“I think it would be a good idea to have more than one option,” he said. “I’m not wanting to cause any harm or grief to the county.” 

For more on this story, see the May 30 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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