Town, city of Canandaigua moving forward on possible court-facility sharing

The town and city of Canandaigua are considering sharing the city courtroom so the town will not have to spend nearly $2 million for a Town Court facility meeting strict state standards for justice courts — particularly security measures.

Canandaigua City Council Thursday unanimously passed a supporting resolution to share its court facilities and get the process started to enact state legislation to permit such use.

“This is one of the things that we’ve been working on with the town,” said City Manager John Goodwin. “It’s a way to save taxpayers money. While it won’t save city taxpayers money, it will save town taxpayers money and we’re one Canandaigua so we’re trying to help each other.”

The idea is one of many possible shared services opportunities being reviewed by the joint city and town exploratory group, formed in July in reaction to the enactment of a new state law requiring every county to explore shared services among municipalities.

“What we’re talking about doing is we’re exploring the opportunity that may exist in locating the Town Court inside of the City Hall building,” Town Manager Doug Finch said. “Our exploratory group has identified it as an opportunity.”

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