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Does Town Need a Municipal Court?

Studies point to sharing municipal services. Why is Barrington starting from scratch?

Does Barrington really need its own municipal court? 

When study after study points to regionalizing and sharing municipal services instead of maintaining separate ones, why is Barrington starting from scratch, alone? 

Do we really understand what the costs are and what the revenue will be? 

After hiring a human resources manager and a full-time leisure services manager, do we now need to hire a municipal court judge, clerk and bailiff? 

Do we understand the full impact the court will have on Town Hall, parking, and public safety? And why will we need to pass through a metal detector to enter Town Hall?

Two posted meetings and 10 minutes of open discussion, without key information, should be not enough to establish a municipal court.  Once it is in place, it will be much more difficult to regionalize.  The time to do a more complete due diligence of the costs, impacts and alternatives is now.

Please let your opinions be known by attending the town council meeting on Feb. 4 at 7 pm or email me at wdewitt@barrington.ri.gov

This is your town and these are your tax dollars.  Don’t let them be wasted.

Bill DeWitt, Barrington Town Council

Lorraine F January 28, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Mr DeWitt, I'm sure you understand who has already been chosen for this plum judgeship (are his initials Jeff Brenner?). The majority council wants to provide a plum job and public pension to Mr Brenner. This has nothing to do with what's best for the town. Councilor Coyne appears to have been duped into putting this boondoggle on the councils "to do" list. Thank you for bringing up this folly for what it is.
Townie January 29, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Why are they starting from scratch? Political patronage.
P. Dulchinos February 09, 2013 at 05:55 PM
I concur with the setiment that the creation of a municipal court is wasteful and unnecessary - It seems to me that we should be approaching Warren and Bristol and create a consolidated Bristol County Municipal court. We can no longer afford to create public patronage positions at the taxpayers expense - instead we should be pursuing additional outsourcing and reducing our public payroll.

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