Pittsfield should have say in Spectrum's clinic plans

To the editor:

I am a registered voter, a taxpayer, a homeowner, and a lifelong resident of Pittsfield. When I was told that Spectrum Health Systems will be opening a methadone clinic on Merrill Road in Pittsfield, I called the mayor's office and was told very nicely there is nothing that can be done about this. Spectrum is covered by the state under something called the Dover Amendment and free to go whereever it wants.

Why does someone have the power to put something like a methadone facility whereever they please with no regard as to increased traffic, impact on residents in the immediate vicinity, safety of those residents, parking for the recovering addicts and impact on our property values? How can we just be told, sorry, the company is given this right by the state and there is nothing you can do?

I feel very helpless in what has been a quiet, peaceful neighborhood.

Sandra Kenyon, Pittsfield