To the editor:
I agree with that the city of Haverhill needs to challenge the proposed methadone clinic. Attempting to use the Dover amendment is disingenuous. The Dover amendment allows for nonprofit educational organizations to be exempt from certain zoning ordinances. Does anyone really believe that Spectrum Health Systems is an educational institution?
When the Supreme Judicial Court looked at a challenge under this law there were two factors they they looked at 1) a “bona fide goal” that can reasonably be described as “educationally significant,” and (2) that this educationally significant goal is the “primary or dominant” purpose of the project.
If Spectrum Health wants to educate people that is great, but don’t distribute regulated drugs as part of a so called education purpose. Let them hold all of the education seminars they want at this location. Don’t allow them to operate a clinic without proper review and input from our elected officials.
The proposed methadone clinic doesn’t meet the criteria necessary to be deemed a primarily educational project. It doesn’t come close to passing the “smell” test.
Let’s come together and fight this proposal.