“The town recognized that with the growth of New Hartford over the years, the facilities we had were inadequate,” Yagey said. “We needed more room.”But the Town's population is not growing!
As the town’s regional popularity as a retail center has grown, so have the number of people who show up in traffic and criminal court, said William Virkler, who’s been a town justice for nine years.And who allowed -- even cheered -- the Town's "regional" popularity as a retail center? It was NOT the residents who are now expected to come up with money. They were looking for the quiet suburban life, but that was taken from them. Bad choices by greedy/ambitious Town fathers and their developer friends have brought about urban sprawl, the cost of which is now coming due.
Since the Town created a problem for itself by deciding to be the "regional" shopping mecca, how about taking a "regional" approach to the solution:
Enter into a sharing agreement with the City of Utica to use its court house.
City court generally operates during days, Town Court in the evenings. Such an arrangement could benefit both Town and City taxpayers... and maybe pave the way for more consolidation in the future.