The new trial of a Pennington County commissioner accused of violating a septic system law has been pushed back at his lawyer’s request.
George Ferebee, a commissioner from rural Hill City, was found guilty last year of violating a county zoning ordinance that requires on-site wastewater treatment systems to be pumped, inspected and issued permits regularly. Ferebee appealed the conviction and is set for another trial by judge on June 13 and 14.
The Pennington County trial was originally scheduled for May 16 and 17, but Ferebee’s lawyer asked Judge John Bastian for a later date, citing another trial a week before. The state Attorney General’s Office, which is prosecuting the case, is seeking only a fine in the event of a conviction, just like in Ferebee’s first trial.