Concerns Raised Over Possible Elimination of Zanesville Municipal Court

by Mackenzie Stasko on April 14, 2014 at 10:50 am

Concerns were raised at Monday’s Zanesville City Council meeting regarding the possible elimination of the Zanesville Municipal Court.

Zanesville Councilman David Tarbert addressed council with concerns over a "movement" to eliminate the Zanesville Municipal Court. Tarbert said a seven-person panel has been formed to discuss the idea, without city representation.

"I’m not even sure this is necessarily something we don’t want to look at for the future," said Tarbert, who represents the city’s 5th Ward.  "What I’m upset about is that no member of the city, the administration, no member of council, nobody’s been brought in on this on behalf of the city to discuss this. I’ve asked for numbers that support this, I have not seen anything, I’ve asked for facts, I’ve asked for all sorts of things, we’ve received nothing on this."

Tarbert said eliminating the municipal court would allow county court judges to move from part-time to full-time, which would increase their benefits and pay, while eliminating jobs in the process. Tarbert plans on introducing legislation to city council to try and halt the issue.

"This is being snuck through in a 96 page bill, and again, it has nothing to do with this, but part of that bill, a small part of that bill will be to eliminate the Zanesville Municipal Court, and that doesn’t need to be in there without Mr. Hill coming to council or somebody explaining to the city why that’s in the city’s best interests. That’s going to sneek through at the state house and we’re going to wake up and our municipal court is going to be gone."

WHIZ will have a one-on-one interview with State Representative Brian Hill on Tuesday to discuss this matter further.