NEW HARTFORD – The village will dissolve its court system and merge it with the town's after no residents attended a public hearing Monday night.

Village Mayor Donald Ryan said the court will be dissolved effective April 1, with March 31 the last day of operation, he said.

“We have a bunch of stuff to do internally to notify the people involved,” he said.

Ryan said he had received phone calls from a few constituents looking for an explanation on the proposal. Once it was explained, they were good with it, Ryan said.

The village board of trustees approved the measure last month.

Citing the village budget, Ryan said the move would save the village $10,000. He said the court brings in approximately $10,000 in revenue a year, while costing $20,000 a year to run.

Currently, the village court is housed in the same building on Kellogg Road as the town court and police department.

In a previous interview, Town of New Hartford Court Chief Judge William Virkler expressed confidence that his court could absorb the added cases from the village court – even though the town court is one of the busiest in the region. Virkler said he and Town of New Hartford Justice Kevin Copeland both see between 1,500 and 2,000 appearances a year.

“We won’t see a lot of changes,” Virkler said recently. “I think we’ll be able to handle that with current staff.”

The judge also noted that everything would still be handled within town, which would not cause any jurisdictional issues.

Contact reporter Ed Harris at 315-792-5063 or follow him on Twitter (@OD_EHarris).