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Supreme Court session held at Vt. Law School

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The fight to close a methadone clinic in South Burlington was one of the cases heard by the  Vermont Supreme Court Monday, on the road at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton.

The HowardCenter got a zoning permit for the clinic, which is now open near the South Burlington Middle and High Schools.  But the School District objects to that plan.  Their lawyer argued that the clinic would increase safety concerns in the area -- and traffic. The district argues those impacts should have been considered when issuing the permit.   

"It suggested that there would be a tremendous increase in the amount of use.  We are looking at 800 to 1,000 daily patient visits," SBSD attorney Pietro Lynn told the court.

"This was about fear and about discrimination... not based on traffic issues.  We know what the underlying issue is here.  It is fear based and it is irrational fear," argued HowardCenter attorney Todd Centybear.

The Court also heard several other cases Monday, including an appeal of the decision by the Vermont Public Service Board to approve Seneca Mountain Wind's application to install four temporary meteorological towers in Brighton, Ferdinand, and Newark.  Another case involved an appeal from the former town manager in St. Johnsbury, who argues he was unjustly fired.  Rulings are not expected for several weeks.

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