Fear of lawsuit cancels methadone town meeting

March 17th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Warren — In an emergency meeting March 16 Warren selectmen voted 4-0 to cancel the March 22 town meeting at which townspeople would have been asked to vote on proposed methadone clinic rules and regulations.

Town Manager Grant Watmough said the town’s attorney, Patrick Mellor, has recommended changing the proposed methadone clinic ordinance due to a potential lawsuit threatened by CRC Health Group. CRC has proposed establishing a clinic in the former school in town, and its attorney, James Green of Florida, argues the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits the town from discriminating against methadone clinics and the patients they treat.

A town committee recently completed work on the proposed methadone regulations, which would be added as a new section of the land use ordinance if approved by the town. On the advice of attorney Mellor they worked as fast as possible to complete the proposed ordinance so that it could be put before voters and the town’s moratorium on methadone clinics could be ended. Working quickly, it was hoped, would help avoid a potential lawsuit.

At the meeting, town officials noted that CRC’s lawyer, Green, who is a top expert on the ADA law, has reviewed the proposed ordinance. After talks with Green, the town attorney has proposed taking several things out of the new methadone clinic ordinance. Mellor was not able to attend the meeting.

“This town writes its ordinances,” committee Chairman Michael York argued. “James Green doesn’t write the ordinances for this town. I don’t care if he threatens to

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