Wednesday, September 25, 2019

On the docket: Court finance agreement OK’d as building construction continues

Construction continues on the new 34th District Court building
next to Romulus City Hall on Wayne Road.
Construction is expected to be complete early next year.
City of Belleville officials have officially agreed to the terms of a funding agreement making the City of Romulus the funding agent for the 34th District Court.   The agreement was reached with the support of the office of the Michigan State Court Administrator and has also now been signed by both Sumpter, Van Buren and Huron townships and the cities of Belleville and Romulus.
The new agreement clearly outlines procedures for disbursement of funds and protects all the communities served from any future misreading or misinterpretations and replaces a 1998 agreement which had been verbally modified, leading to a misunderstanding earlier this year.

"The city of Romulus is proud to have brought our neighboring communities together to review this important issue, maintain good faith and to continue to host the 34th District Court," said Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff. "Having long understood and honored the spirit of the agreement, we are grateful to have cemented its intent in an official contract approved by all the neighboring communities. We are pleased with this agreement. This agreement puts to rest any question  raised that the City of Romulus acted inappropriately and puts into writing changes implemented by the court, and how such court fees will continue to be administered and disbursed to the communities. Prior to reaching the new agreement, the city of Romulus conducted all financial transactions in accordance with the 1998 agreement,” Burcroff added. He said Romulus also received the highest, unqualified audit opinion in a 2018 outside audit conducted by Plante Moran.