Moriah, Crown Point mull shared court

"If we pursue a shared court facility it'll hopefully open the door to state and federal funding," he added.

Scozzafava said recently the town will use student labor from the Champlain Valley Tech campus in Mineville for the court project.

"I think we can do it with the money we've received from the (state) Office of Court Administration," Scozzafava said. "It'll be a good experience for the students and it fits our budget."

The state Office of Court Administration has promised Moriah nearly $50,000 for the construction.

No one can blame Moriah residents if they're confused about the court project.

Steven Gold of the New York State Office of Court Administration told the Moriah town board in June 2008 the present 12x14 foot room that serves as Moriah town court is inadequate and must be addressed.

The town had plans to erect its own modular building to house its court and police department adjacent to the town hall at Park Place in Port Henry. That project was shelved when the cost soared.

Originally expected to cost about $170,000, estimates for a new court building reached as high as $500,000 because of state regulations and mandates. Scozzafava believed the final cost would be about $300,000.

The town board then considered several other options, ranging from renting existing space to ignoring the state order, before finally deciding to build an addition to the current court house.

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