BANGOR, Maine — An attorney representing Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center expressed hope on Monday that city officials will soon allow an expansion of the center’s methadone clinic in Bangor.
Attorney John Doyle of Portland said the city and center are involved in “active discussions with a view toward resolving the lawsuit” filed by Penobscot County Metro. U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock found partly in favor of the center in a preliminary ruling he released earlier this month.
“They are positive discussions, and we are hopeful that we can begin the expansion soon,” Doyle said Monday night after the City Council discussed Woodcock’s decision in executive session for about an hour.
“We can’t really say anything until it is all finalized,” Baldacci said.
Woodcock issued a preliminary ruling on Nov. 15 in favor of the center, which filed suit in August alleging that a council ordinance violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by discriminating against drug addicts. The complaint sought to overturn the ordinance, which critics said the council approved as part of an effort to prevent the center’s planned expansion from 300 to 500 patients. Continue reading →