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Town cautious about recovery home dispute

John StroudCarbondale correspondent

Carbondale could be wading into murky legal waters if it tries to shut down a home for recovering alcoholics that began taking in residents in a Crystal Village neighborhood last week.”This is a very litigious area, all the way up to the Supreme Court [involving confidentiality and discrimination laws],” Mayor Michael Hassig said at Tuesday night’s Carbondale board of trustees meeting.”In that regard, we’d rather err on the side of caution until we understand the issues and ramifications,” he said.Trustees planned to meet in private session with Town Attorney Mark Hamilton on Tuesday to discuss the town’s legal options.Hassig’s comments came after about 20 neighbors attended the meeting, claiming that zoning laws and their own homeowners covenants should prohibit what they believe to be a clear-cut commercial venture.”My concern is not the people who live there, and I have no problems with people who are recovering from addiction,” said Rene Maggert, who lives next door to the newly established recovery group home, located at 1204 Catherine Court.”The concern is that this is a commercial operation in a residential neighborhood,” she said.

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