Discovery House Planning to Relocate

CLEARFIELD – Just as rumors are beginning to surface about the possibility of another methadone treatment facility planning to locate in Clearfield County, the attorney for the one already here says the facility is looking at moving.

Carleton Strouss of Harrisburg, counsel for Discovery House and its owner, told Kim Kesner that the Pike Township methadone treatment facility will know if they are able to move elsewhere within 20 to 30 days.

Where Discovery House plans to relocate is not yet known, but two areas could be home to treatment for those addicted to certain drugs. Back-fence talk around the county is spreading stories that another company has plans to build a similar treatment center. (Watch GantDaily for more on this story.)

Kesner made the comments to the Clearfield County Commissioners Tuesday morning at their meeting. Kesner also represents Pike Township and the Clearfield County Planning Commission in the matter.

Kesner said Strouss declined to tell him where the proposed location would be, and he also declined to say whether the company was looking at several locations or one location.

Strouss did say he would give Kesner more information when he believed he could do so in the future.

The initial contact between the two attorneys was made when Strouss asked Kesner to consent to a stay for two items of litigation. A stay is “a court-ordered short-term delay in judicial proceedings to give a losing defendant time to arrange for payment of the judgment or move out of the premises in an unlawful detainer case,” according to Law.com’s legal dictionary.

The two items Strouss was dicussing included the appeal that has been filed in relation to the Clearfield County Planning Commission’s rejection of the company’s land development plan because it does not comply with Act 10. The legislation prohibits methadone treatment facilities from locating within 500 feet of certain land uses, namely public parks and houses.

The Rails-to-Trails line runs behind the facility, and a rental property is within the 500-foot boundary.

Strouss also asked for a stay in the action for declaratory judgment, which Law.com says “determines the rights of parties without ordering anything be done or awarding damages.” Kesner has filed a counterclaim in that matter on behalf of the county, the planning commission and Pike Township asking that the court rule on Act 10 and whether it prevents Discovery House from operating at its current location.

Because Kesner said he did not receive anything formal from Strouss, he did not ask the commissioners to take any action.

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