CLEARFIELD – The injunction hearing for a drug treatment facility in DuBois was continued.
According to the court administrator’s office, RHJ Medical Center Inc. obtained new counsel, their new attorney needed time to review the case. A new date has not yet been set.
The complaint was filed by the City of DuBois and a preliminary injunction granted on Oct. 27 by Clearfield County President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman.
The City of DuBois is contending that the location of the facility violates a state law prohibiting the placement of methadone treatment facilities. The law states that they cannot be within 500 feet of child-care facilities, residential housing, an existing school as well as other facilities.
The item in question here is the Beaver Meadow Walkway, a walkway the city has used state grant money to improve maintain. The state law also prohibits methadone clinics from operating within 500 feet of public parks. The city contends the walkway is a public park. According to the complaint, RHJ Medical Center is 39 feet from the walkway.
The city cites that the only way the medical center can open in its current location is to get the city’s permission. Then, at least one public hearing must be held and property owners around the facility made aware of the hearing.
Kathy Jones, CEO of RHJ Medical Center, stated that she believed the center was in compliance with the state law, as the state Department of Health and other agencies had licensed the medical center.
Until a final decision is made by the judge, RHJ Medical Center must remain closed and the sign must be covered, as per Ammerman’s order on Oct. 27.