WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - There's a new development in the fight to open a methadone clinic in Waveland. The attorney representing the owner of the building where the clinic wants to open up says a federal law is on their side.
Earlier this week, Waveland city leaders voted against the idea. They said the location off Highway 90 was not appropriate for such a clinic, but the clinic's attorney says the issue is far from over.
Attorney Patrick Sheehan says there have been numerous cases similar to the one in Waveland involving methadone clinic sites that have gotten the right to operate through the Americans with Disabilities Act.
"Determining that folks who need that medical service can be classified as disabled people," said Sheehan.
Sheehan says his clients, Johnny Newmyer and Colonial Management Group, the company that would run the clinic, were denied due process before Waveland city leaders voted against allowing the methadone clinic to operate just off Highway 90 near Nicholson Avenue.
"We think it's fear mongering over the possibility of heroin addicts wondering around their neighborhood. This is a legitimate medical facility, and we don't see the possibility of that happening. We think we can convince them of that if they would even listen to our evidence," Sheehan said.
Sheehan said he has sent a letter to Waveland city leaders asking to be heard again.
"We'd like to get the city to reconsider. I think they have an obligation to their citizens to take another look at it and see the benefits of this clinic," explained Sheehan.
WLOX News contacted Waveland city leaders about Sheehan's claims. Alderman Mark Kidd said he would have no comment until he has heard from Waveland's city attorney regarding the issue.
Alderwoman Lili Stahler told us nothing would scare her into changing her "no" vote.
We reported earlier that Waveland City Attorney Gary Yarborough had not returned our phone calls. Apparently we had the wrong phone number for him. He said the issues raised by Pat Sheehan are "without merit" but he could not comment any further because of possible litigation.