BANGOR- “I think it’s a success for the people awaiting treatment,” said John Doyle, the attorney representing Metro Treatment Center.
The controversy is over.
The Bangor City Council voted unanimously on Monday night to repeal a methadone ordinance.
The Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center will now be allowed to expand its capacity from 300 to 500 patients.
“We’re hopeful that there will be a message to other municipalities and jurisdictions to be open to this type of treatment,” said Doyle.
Back in August, the council voted against the expansion, claiming it wasn’t necessary, and also fearing the cost to the city.
The Metro Treatment Center sued the city, and the judge ruled in favor of the center, claiming the city’s ordinance was discriminatory by the Americans with Disabilities Act for those facing drug addiction.
“I think this council has worked really hard to be pro treatment, pro recovery to support the recovery community. The judge had a different point of view on one portion but he did not rule that the council was willfully discriminatory with that ordinance, just a section that was discriminatory in it’s interpretation,” said City Councilor Ben Sprague.
Council Sprague says he hopes to clear up this bit of confusion and continue to move the city forward.