May 23, 2018
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South Thomaston approves new rules for drug clinic

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine — Residents approved changes to the town’s land use ordinances Tuesday night including regulations of outpatient addiction treatment clinics.

There was no debate on the changes by the 57 residents who turned out for the annual town meeting held at the Gilford Butler School.

The ordinance does not mention methadone clinics but sets limits on location and public safety standards for outpatient addiction treatment clinics. Clinics must come before the planning board.

No clinic is allowed within 1,000 feet of any church, cemetery, school, family day care home, day care center, or public park or playground.

A minimum of two meetings per calendar year shall be conducted at the clinic with the applicant, the code enforcement officer, the sheriff and the chief of the Maine State Police or their designee to establish and maintain professional cooperation.

Incumbent Selectman Patrick “Mike” Florance was re-elected without opposition.

Residents also gave approval with little debate to a 2012 budget of $957,466, up $2,615 from last year’s approved budget. Included in the spending package was $5,900 to have an outside evaluation of the need for fire and ambulance facilities and equipment.

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