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Trumbull commissioners back court consolidation

Published: Thu, April 26, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


After two public hearings, the Trumbull County commissioners have given written support to the consolidation of the Eastern District Court in Brookfield and the Central District Court in Cortland.

The resolution commissioners OK’d Wednesday recommends that the Ohio Legislature take the final step to approve the consolidation, though Commissioner Frank Fuda says he’s still not sold on the idea.

Fuda said he still has concerns because he doesn’t believe Judge Tom Campbell, judge of the Central District Court, who would like to become judge of the merged courts, has proved what the savings will be.

At Tuesday night’s public hearing in Brookfield, Judge Campell told the audience he would like the court to be located in Cortland for the first year but that it would be good to find a more centrally located site afterward, Fuda said.

That means the commissioners would have to sell two buildings and secure another one, which he opposes, Fuda said.

Commissioner Paul Heltzel said the loss of service to some county residents will be sufficiently offset by the savings that will be realized by the consolidation.


1YoderDame(4 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Mr. Fuda either has a memory problem or has difficulty with the truth. I was at the meeting Tuesday evening. First, Judge Campbell never told us that the court would be in Cortland for a year. He did say that probably for the first year, there would be two court locations with one judge while the process of merging the two takes place. Second, Judge Campbell made a point not to give his opinion as to where the new court would be. He did say that it could be in Cortland, Brookfield or perhaps a central location. He pointed out that the Cortland location is owned by the county and the Brookfield location is leased at a cost of almost $60,000 per year. Commissioner Fuda also said that Judge Campbell didn't prove what the savings will be. Judge Campbell gave a fairly detailed presentation of the projected savings. He explained very thoroughly all the ways that this consolidation will save money. Obviously, no one can know the exact number, but Judge Campbell's estimates were conservative and fair. Mr. Fuda can has a right to his opinion of this idea (although he doesn't quite seem to know that-he voted for it, but he's against it?), but he has no right to his own facts.

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21tobehonest(1 comment)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Earth to Mr. Fuda. Come in, Mr. Fuda.

Mr. Fuda is either suffering from memory loss or failure to pay attention during Judge Campbell's presentation.
Judge Campbell discussed the various means in which the county would see a $1MILLION dollar savings over 5-7 years. I was there. I heard it. I saw it.
Judge Campbell did not have an opinion as to where the consolidated court would eventually be. He explained why the consolidation should first be to the Cortland court rather than Brookfield because of the technology that already exists there. He was very clear that if and when the consolidated court is relocated, it would be up to the commissioners to decide where.
What concerns me is Mr. Fuda, Trumbull County Commissioner, is NOT aware that the Brookfield court is LEASED and costs the county close to $60,000/year. There IS no second building he would have to sell.
He also is obviously not aware that it costs less to run one "household" than two.
How disturbing is this considering he handles the county's money!
What we have here, in Commissioner Fuda, is another example of an incompetent, un-informed, out of touch public official that does nothing but run his mouth with little regard for the truth, the facts, and the constituents who employ him.

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3ConservativeDude(36 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I too was at the hearing Tuesday night and YoderDame has reported it accuratly. I was also at the Commissioners meeting on Wednesday. I want to add further data. The Tribune reports the Commissioners vote was UNANIMOUS, that includes Fuda. Commisioner Heltzel, who has spectaular credentils in Law and Finance, said that the COST SAVINGS was what convinced the Commissioners to support the consolidation. Fuda says Judge Campbell hasn't proved what the savings will be. That statement doesn't square with Fuda's participation in a UNANIMOUS vote. The vote says they were all convinced the Judge was on target with his savings estimate, which is conservative. Fuda says the Commissiners would have to sell two buildings and purchase another. The Eastern Brookfield Court is in a leased building and the Central Cortland Court was purchased. The Court should stay in the purchased Cortland location until all the needs are figured out and drop the $59,000 Brookfield lease. Meanwhile the taxpayers would be saving money. Saving $200,000/yr is significant. I encourage you to let your representatives know they should be aggressive and pass this legislation in the intrest f the taxpayers.

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