Montgomery County broke ground on a new Western Division Municipal Court in Trotwood, a $6.2 million investment in the community. Once completed in fall 2022, it will move all Western Division court dockets from the current location in New Lebanon to the new location at 875 E. Main St. in Trotwood.
The move is based on a National Center for State Courts recommendation made in 2017. The volume of civil and criminal dockets, combined with limited public transportation out to New Lebanon and the viable land available in Trotwood, is why the court was moved.
“This will be so much more than just a courthouse,” said Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge. It will be a state-of-the-art facility. “It will be outfitted with the latest technology, to provide access, security and convenience to Trotwood and neighboring communities.”
The court will serve the Cities of Brookville and Trotwood, Villages of Farmersville, New Lebanon, Phillipsburg and Verona, and Townships of Clay, Jackson, Jefferson and Perry.
“It will also improve our services to the public by making the court process easier for our residents,” Dodge said. “Beyond the court system, this facility will provide so much help for people to improve their lives through valuable county services.”
The new facility will have space for residents to enroll in social services programs and find career training and job opportunities. This is part of the county’s strategy to bring life-changing services into the communities.
“Inside the future building, we will offer resources for those on probation, provide social services and job search assistance,” Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman said. “This represents a crucial pathway to self-sufficiency, and we want all our residents to have the opportunity for successful careers that pay a living wage.”
Montgomery County Commissioner Carolyn Rice said the new, centralized location, will also improve accessibility. “With an RTA bus stop right here, two car charging stations, the library next door, as well as the Trotwood Government Center and Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley West Campus just a short walk away, this is the perfect location for the project.”
Clerk of Courts Mike Foley believes the modern facility will not only boost efficiency but also address access concerns for disabled citizens. “Soon residents in the western portion of the County will be able to address matters of justice in a new, efficient and accessible building that is worthy of them,” he said.
“My focus, as Clerk of Courts, has been and will always be the importance of access to justice.”
County Administrator Michael Colbert said the facility is something Trotwood will be proud of and shows the investment the County has in the City.
“We have selected Trotwood as home for the Western Division Municipal Court,” Colbert said. “It will serve the people of Trotwood and surrounding jurisdictions efficiently and provide theses jurisdictions’ strong leadership with an asset to lead citizen through a time of exciting change and opportunity.”
The contractor awarded the project was Brumbaugh Construction, headquartered in Arcanum.
“Between the close collaboration with Clerk of Courts Mike Foley, the Trotwood Community Improvement Corporation who secured this great location, the County’s Facilities Department and Purchasing Department, who were absolutely vital in getting the architecture designed and the contract with Brumbaugh, this has truly been a team effort,” said Assistant County Administrator Tyler Small.
The facility will feature an entrance off Main Street with a secure staff entrance off MacGregor Drive. The Municipal Court is scheduled to be operational in January 2023.