South Burlington board opposes methadone clinicOctober 11,2012The Associated Press
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The South Burlington School Board has unanimously approved a resolution opposing the location of a methadone clinic near the city’s schools.
The board has appealed a zoning permit for the HowardCenter clinic, saying the city did not adequately assess the impact of traffic on the neighborhood or possible security problems that could affect students.
More than 30 parents spoke out against the clinic’s plan Wednesday night, with many acknowledging the need for the clinic but calling the proposed location inappropriate. The resolution authorizes the superintendent to take appropriate steps to oppose the clinic, including legal action.
Concerns that the board is saying “Not in my backyard” to a worthy need are off base, said Board Chairman Richard Cassidy to the crowd of more than 100. “This is not just any backyard, but the backyard with the most vulnerable population.”
The nonprofit HowardCenter wants to move its clinic from the University Health Center near the University of Vermont, which it has outgrown, to offices on Dorset Street, about a quarter mile from Tuttle Middle School and the high school.
The number of clients is expected to increase from 400 who are treated for heroin and opioid prescription drug addictions to 600 at the new site.
Todd Centybear, director of the HowardCenter, says existing clinics have operated without incident and have not led to an increase in crime or congestion.
The Development Review Board will hold a hearing on the school board’s appeal at 7 p.m., Oct. 16 at City Hall. The DRB then has 45 days to decide whether to uphold the permit. That decision can be appealed to the state Environmental Court.MORE IN This Just InTODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: A fiery pit nicknamed the 'Gate of Hell' in the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan has been burning for 40 years. 0Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible... Full StoryRICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Workers on this day in 1984 in a Cheshire, England, peat bog find well-preserved human remains at least 2,000 years dead, born this day in 1843, Robert Todd Lincoln, eldest son of the president, present at three assassinations. 0Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott uploads data direct to your head: Workers on this day... Full StoryTOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Josh O'Gorman reports on the impact of state budget cuts on state colleges, Rutland Town welcomes Donna Zeller as town clerk, Bryanna Allen in Killington for chili cookoff and Haley talks up big Shrine game with N.H. and Vt. 0Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Full Story
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