There’s some controversy over a measure in the Village of Painted Post to dissolve its court. The reasoning behind the move comes from financial and safety concerns.
On Monday, July 8th, the village board voted unanimously on a measure to dissolve the court… but not all community members are on board. Mayor Ralph Foster tells me the village court sees about 20 — 25 cases per month, which includes things like traffic tickets, and other minor offenses. But the court is also located in a communal space, creating concern over safety.
Another reason from officials for the move: the potential financial impact.
“We’re looking at a current budget…for the court for this year’s budget of $17,000. I’m looking at that as money that can be spent on other projects that are needed in the village,” explains Mayor Ralph Foster.