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 Howard Center clinic, saying the city did not adequately assess the impact of traffic on the neighborhood or possible security problems that could affect students.
The Burlington Free Press reports that more than 30 parents spoke out against the clinic’s plan last night. Many of them acknowledged the need for the clinic but called the proposed location inappropriate.
The resolution authorizes the superintendent to take appropriate steps to oppose the clinic, including legal action.
The Howard Center’s director says existing clinics have operated without incident and have not led to an increase in crime or congestion.