JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Controversy continues to grow at a Jeffersonville pain management clinic. Residents are outraged that it's in their neighborhood. Wednesday, several of them took their message to the street.
"This affects the whole city," said protester Tony Burns.
Burns has walked his neighborhood for years but, this time he's walking with a message.
'It's going to deteriorate our neighborhood real quick," said Burns.
Burns is talking about Clark County Wellness, a pain management clinic that's just moved into town.
It's also concerning Timothy Flynn.
"In the 24 hour period, we've had four houses on my block that have been broken into since this place opened," said Flynn. Flynn's home was one of those. "I called police and someone kicked my door in, they ransacked my house."
People are also concerned about increased traffic in the area. The parking lot was nearly full on Wednesday morning.
"We seen them from Clark County, Rock Castle," said one resident.
"There is no cheer leaders for something like this," said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore.
Mayor Moore and the Fire Marshal paid a visit to a clinic on Wednesday.
"I just received a call from a resident who wanted to know if they are in violation of the number of people inside the building," said Moore.
When the mayor came out of the clinic, he told WAVE 3 that the owner of Clark County Wellness, Will Singleton, told him that he hired local attorney Larry Wilder. Protesters went to Wilder's office. Wilder says he's not Singleton's attorney and has nothing to do with the clinic.
In the meantime, neighbors are keeping a watchful eye.
'I'm not moving, my family isn't moving," said Flynn. "If anyone moves it's this pain center."
Kentucky requires the owner of a pain management clinic to be a licensed physician. In Indiana, anyone can own a pain management clinic. Local lawmakers tell WAVE 3 that they are working to implement a law similar to Kentucky's.
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