Moorestown and Cinnaminson each OKed an agreement Monday that allows Moorestown to use Cinnaminson’s courtroom—which might just be the first of a number of shared services between the neighboring municipalities.
Moorestown had been using Maple Shade’s courtroom the past several years, but Mayor Stacey Jordan said Moorestown’s daytime court dates were causing some parking headaches for Maple Shade residents and employees.
Town council approved a one-year agreement with Cinnaminson to use its courtroom four times a month. Moorestown will pay Cinnaminson $20,000 for the privilege, which Jordan said is comparable to the previous agreement with Maple Shade.
Jordan said the agreement is only for one year in order to give the township the opportunity to explore long-term location options for the police department and municipal court.
Township manager Scott Carew said Moorestown has been having discussions with Cinnaminson recently about the possibility of sharing more services, besides the courtroom.“We’re next-door neighbors, so we’re exploring any and all options for us to be more efficient,” he said, adding that Cinnaminson and Moorestown presently do not share any services.
He declined to elaborate on which specific services are on the table.
Carew had been in talks for some time with several nearby municipalities about the possibility of a regional shared court. He said those discussions are currently in limbo, but he still believes in the concept.
"I still think it's an idea that can work," Carew said.