MAT hearing continues Wednesday

Decision on clinic expected in early December

A hearing to consider an appeal of the environmental impacts from the proposed medication-assisted treatment (MAT) clinic continues at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning (Nov. 18) on Zoom and over the phone.

Testimony from Sequim Police Chief Sheri Crain and the public was delayed Tuesday, Nov. 17, because of power outages and internet connectivity issues across the area.

The City of Sequim’s appointed hearing examiner Phil Olbrechts started the virtual hearing Monday to consider the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s appeal of city-imposed conditions of the Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS) State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review.

The tribe seeks to build a 16,806-square-foot medical facility on 3.3 acres off South Ninth Avenue for doctors to dispense daily doses of methadone, Suboxone and Vivitrol for patients with opioid-use disorder while offering wrap-around services.

On Monday, City of Sequim attorney Kristina Nelson-Gross and the tribe’s attorney Andy Murphy questioned Barry Berezowsky, Sequim’s director of community development, and Brent Simcosky, the tribe’s health services director, about the clinic’s construction conditions.

Michael Spence, attorney for community group Save Our Sequim, cross-examined the witnesses.

Olbrechts planned to delay closing the hearing a day to Wednesday evening if people had continued internet issues to submit comments for the record. With the hearing delayed a day, he may extend that to Thursday, Nov. 19.

His ruling on the tribe’s appeal is expected 10 business days after the hearing closes, tentatively the first week of December.

To attend the virtual meeting at 9 a.m. Nov. 18, visit zoom.us/j/99685756052, or call 253-215-8782, or 206-337-9723 with webinar ID 996 8575 6052.

Find more information at www.sequimwa.gov/964/MAT-Clinic-Appeals.

Read a wrap-up of the hearings at the Gazette’s website this week and in the next print edition on Nov. 25.