Municipal court merger is now official

By ROBERT LINNEHAN

On Jan. 1, Haddonfield will no longer house its own municipal court within the borough. At last night’s Commission meeting, commissioners officially agreed to share court services with the neighboring Borough of Audubon in a deal that could last three years.

Annual court costs in Haddonfield cost about $120,000, Commissioner Ed Borden said. This measure will see an annual savings of at least $60,000.

Haddonfield will pay a fee to Audubon for each year of service, with the first costing the borough $37,000. Borden said additional police overtime charges will be necessary, but will not exceed $20,000.

A measure is built into the deal that Haddonfield can pull out after the first year with a 60-day notice. If the service is not up to standards or is not working out, Borden said, it was important to have a clause letting Haddonfield leave the deal.

Residents will still be able to pay simple parking tickets at the Borough Hall at a drop box, pay them by mail or pay them online.