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Macomb Township Reactivates 41A District Court Relocation Committee

A new agreement drafted by Shelby Township officials could move relocation talks with Macomb Township forward once again.

The Macomb Township Board of Trustees breathed new life into the long-debated 41A District Court move from Shelby Township during their Sept. 12 meeting. 

In response to an inter-local agreement sent by Shelby Township officials that details plans for moving the court to Macomb, the Board of Trustees agreed to re-appoint a committee to review the contract.  

“We’ve all had the chance to read it, we are not here tonight to discuss or debate it, but I would suggest the Board reactivate and appoint the 41A District Court committee,” Koehs said. 

Trustees Dino Bucci, Roger Krzeminski, and Nancy Nevers, along with Koehs make up the committee.

The court building could be constructed near 25 Mile and Broughton road, near the city offices. In addition, Macomb Township would share the long-term healthcare funding obligations associated with the move. Shelby Township’s liability for the retiree healthcare costs is estimated at $7 million, The Macomb Daily reported. 

 more than a year ago, following concerns that Shelby Township was not providing written acknowledgement that it would claim responsibility for court retiree health care costs.

41A District Court serves Shelby and Macomb townships as well as Utica. Space limitations prompted talks of moving the building to Macomb Township in 2009. The building is more than 33 years old and sits adjacent to the Shelby Township Community Center and library. 

In a , 75 percent of respondents said they would support the court's relocation to Macomb. 

Jenny Whalen (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Would you support the court move (provided Macomb doesn't get stuck holding the bag in terms of retiree health care costs)?
Andrea September 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Why doesn't Shelby want to keep it in Shelby?
S Craig September 13, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Respectfully, what are we gaining by moving it to Macomb?
Jenny Whalen (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 05:25 PM
My understanding is that this issue originated in the court itself. The court is rather cramped and a bit out-of-date, so court employees approached Macomb about it being moved and a new facility being built.
Jenny Whalen (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM
In talking with officials, the only real gain here is an increase of traffic to wherever the court would be built. More people = more business, usually.
Andrea September 13, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I would think that if it's such a draw of business & local revenue, then Shelby wouldn't want it relocated out of Shelby. In my business, we move out of locations because we can't afford it or it's not driving revenue. During election time, I heard from the Board that it was a dead issue, then Shelby came out and stated it wasn't...now it's magically being revisited. Seems like a bait and switch issue to me. http://www.candgnews.com/news/macomb-township-sets-8-million-price-tag-court-legacy-costs
HappyVoter September 14, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I believe they said it was dead because Shelby wasn't (at the time) willing to be responsible for their under-funded legacy retirement costs accrued while the court was in Shelby (which they should have been paying), and Macomb wasn't going to pay to have the court there. Now that Shelby is reconsidering this, Macomb will reconsider building a new court. Hardly bait-and-switch in my opinion, just a change in the underlying situation.
Andrea September 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Again -- why does Shelby want it to move out of Shelby? If there is some general belief that a courthouse adds value to a Township, then why wouldn't they be doing what they could to keep it? Renovating the building? Moving to a different Shelby Township location? Two reasons I can see: 1. It's too expensive, doesn't add value and Shelby wants to unload it. 2. There has been a behind-closed-doors, wink and a handshake, scratching each other's back type of deal between the Shelby and the Macomb board, one "favor" for another. Macomb Township payroll goes up, more law enforcement positions to hire, and a larger Org Chart for Mr. Koehs.
Marvin Snea September 15, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Koehs stated the move was a “dead issue” referenced a decision in May 2011 for Macomb Township to dissolve its committees in regard to taking on the court, currently located in Shelby. “We have closed down our committee, and we are not looking at it at this point in time,” Macomb Township Clerk Michael Koehs said of moving the court to Macomb and the $8 million unfunded legacy costs that Macomb found in its initial look at the court’s finances that led to the dissolution of the committees.
Jenny Whalen (Editor) September 15, 2012 at 12:38 AM
The court is a separate entity from Shelby Township. Shelby is merely the host city. I never got the impression that Shelby wanted the court to leave, but the court needs a larger (newer) structure.

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