You won’t find it on the agenda published on the Village website for the next Village Board Meeting, but according to Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Erica L. Linden, “The decision to locate the court here in Village Hall will be on the agenda for Monday’s board meeting, the vote will be held then.”
Mayor Margay Blackman says, “Village Court is finally settled at Village Hall.”
According to Mayor Blackman, the village had looked into numerous possibilities in the village – the West Avenue Fire Hall, the Capen Hose Fire Hall, the Sweden Town Court, 52 State Street (the old Fowler Funeral Home that Rich Miller tried to pawn off as the Miller Mansion) and the Village Hall.
The Village government even had court security personnel out to have a look at the last two options, which was what it had come down to, and they recommended the Village Hall over 52 State Street.
“So we go from there with some needed modifications.”
In a conversation with new Village Judge Kent Blair, on the grass outside my house during the Brockport High School homecoming parade, Blair said that everything seems to be falling into place.
The State, County and local laws all clearly spell out the penalties for each violation, and the State has provided the two new judges with ample information to prepare them for the course they have to take in December.
The current Village of Brockport Fee Schedule Amended 7/28/14 & 7/30/14, and confirmed 8/4/4 is a vast improvement over the Village of Brockport Fee Schedule Amended 7/27/11, which was adopted during the Castaneda administration, and contained so many sloppy mistakes it was disgraceful.
For example, the old fee schedule contained Brockport’s Weak $10 Fee for a life-safety Inspection Deficiency. But an Inspection deficiency for 3 or more non-life-safety items was $50.00 for each item.
Updating the Village Code and creating a Village Court should go a long way towards solving one of Brockport’s long standing problems. Code Enforcement Should Pay for Itself, But It Doesn’t.
These two changes should solve the problem of unpaid parking tickets stashed in a cardboard box under a desk at Town Hall, and should also solve the problem of town judges issuing strange rulings in code violation cases.
With honest judges, and an improved Village Code, it’s possible that code enforcement will pay for itself in the very near future.
The next village Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM
in the Village Hall conference room.
Right now the only item concerning the court on the agenda is a vote to “Authorize grant application – Justice Court Assistance Program grant.”
But it seems that a vote to confirm the location of the new Village Courts will also be taken during that meeting.