Methadone clinic hear­ing con­tin­ues to se­cond day

Clinic cited for park­ing, per­mit is­sues

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By VIR­GINIA TERHUNE vter­hune@ches­pub.com

A county code en­force­ment hear­ing about park­ing and per­mit is­sues for the BD Health Ser­vices methadone clinic on North Point Road was sched­uled to con­tinue to a se­cond day on Wed­nes­day in Tow­son.

The quasi-ju­di­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive hear­ing be­fore Ad­min­is­tra­tive Law judge Lawrence Stahl be­gan with tes­ti­mony by county wit­nesses on Feb. 1 and lasted four hours.

Howard Al­der­man Jr., an at­tor­ney for the own­ers, is

ex­pected to present the clinic’s case on Wed­nes­day.

The clinic was re­cently cited for al­low­ing per­mits for two out­side of­fice trail­ers to ex­pire and for vi­o­la­tions of park­ing reg­u­la­tions that re­quire a “durable and dust­less” sur­face with striped park­ing spa­ces.

Al­der­man ob­jected last week to lack of di­rect tes­ti­mony from the in­spec­tor, who was ill and could not at­tend the hear­ing. As­sis­tant county at­tor­neys suc­cess­fully coun­tered that they could present the case with the in­spec­tor’s di­rect tes­ti­mony.

Al­der­man also ques­tioned the tes­ti­mony of a witness on zon­ing reg­u­la­tions and ar­gued that the ci­ta­tions were not spe­cific enough and that pho­tos pre­sented by the county could not be ver­i­fied to be ac­cu­rate.

The clinic is fac­ing county-pro­posed fines of $6,000 and $6,800 for the vi­o­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to the Code En­force­ment divi­sion of the county’s De­part­ment of Per­mits, Ap­provals and In­spec­tion.

Res­i­dents of the Wells McCo­mas neigh­bor­hood have com­plained for more than a year about cars they tes­ti­fied are il­le­gally parked in the street when clients visit to pick up med­i­ca­tions as early as 5:30 a.m. be­fore some go to work.

“There’s not enough park­ing on or off site to han­dle the num­ber of clients [ar­riv­ing there] at one time, which some­times they do,” said Robert Zachary, pres­i­dent of the Wells McCo­mas Im­prove­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, at the Feb. 1 hear­ing.

The clinic, which has been op­er­at­ing for 10 years in a former house built in 1929, is lo­cated on the cor­ner of North Point Road and Old Bat­tle Grove Road.

The in­ter­ac­tion is busy with trucks turn­ing to ac­cess North Point Boule­vard and the Belt­way and

school bus driv­ers leav­ing a bus de­pot fur­ther south on North Point Road to pick up stu­dents.

The clinic added two trail­ers that the county claims it per­mit­ted as tem­po­rary con­struc­tion of­fice space that it claims are are now be­ing used as part of the busi­ness.

Al­der­man ar­gued that the term of­fice could in­clude busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties.

Stahl said last week that he does not ex­pect to rule on the case im­me­di­ately af­ter the hear­ing is com­pleted.

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