Town eyes Peconic Lane for justice court

02/24/2015 6:31 PM |

Southold Town officials are looking into the feasibility of relocating the justice court to the community center on Peconic Lane.

The Town Board has had to turn its attention to the court in recent months to acknowledge safety concerns and a lawsuit that alleges Southold Town — along with several other East End municipalities — lacks adequate conference space where attorneys can meet privately with clients.

The Town Board is currently considering whether to build a new facility or reconfigure existing town buildings to create a safer, more efficient court.

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During its work session on Tuesday, Town Board members discussed holding court on its regular days — Monday and Friday mornings — in the community center as a temporary solution.

Southold Town Recreation Department director Ken Reeves said the space is mostly used at night and he believes scheduling court on Monday and Friday mornings won’t be an issue.

Councilman Jim Dinizo is expected to chair a committee tasked with finding out if the community center is a viable spot for the courthouse.

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