Opposition Protests Methadone Clinic Location

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Thursday June 13, 2013

Although the South Burlington School Board’s appeal to stop the HowardCenter from opening a methadone clinic at 364 Dorset Street is still active, the permit to begin construction has been upheld by the Environmental Court. Throughout the public proceedings on this matter, a large group of residents, mostly parents, have been quite vocal in regard to their opposition of the location; citing safety to students as their primary concern. 

Friday morning, May 31 from 8:15-8:45 a.m. a protest was staged to demonstrate the anticipated traffic congestion that could possibly ensue as a result of the clinic being in operation at one of South Burlington’s busiest intersections. Protesters drove by, laying on their horns as a means of demonstrating what they purport Dorset Street would become. Organizers of the protest also cited concerns over parking and elderly pedestrian and student safety. 

After the protest, Superintendent David Young sent a letter home to parents/guardians to clarify some of the details reported by other news outlets. He explained that the school board’s appeal is ongoing and that further information will be provided as it becomes available. While the clinic does not have a hard date set for opening, they anticipate it will occur sometime between mid-June and early August. He assured parents/guardians that should an overlap occur between the opening of the clinic and the start of the school year, safety procedures and protocols will be implemented in advance. 

SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent