Methadone clinic hearing continues to second day
Clinic cited for parking, permit issues
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.