In 2008, the city of Watkinsville changed the zoning around Experiment Station Road to disallow industrial use. Two industrial-type businesses on that corridor, AmeriPride (now Aramark Uniform Services) and Oconee Waste Transport, were grandfathered into the new code.
Oconee Waste Transport owner Matt Elder moved most of his business operations to Greensboro Highway in 2011 and then sold the business to Advanced Disposal in 2019. Matt and his mother, Carol, still own the 2.42-acre parcel at 1131 Experiment Station Road across from the Oconee County Library.
In December 2020, the city of Watkinsville denied a business license to Matt’s brother, Michael, who sought to operate a new waste hauling company called Bulldog Disposal Services. The city explained to him that the Downtown District zoning approved in 2008 does not allow waste disposal or hauling and that the grandfathering of Oconee Waste Transport does not apply to Bulldog Disposal Services.
Despite the city’s denial of a business license, Michael went ahead with operations at 1131 Experiment Station Road. He was issued a citation and will appear before a Watkinsville Municipal Court judge in July.
For more on this story, see the June 10 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.