Selectmen voted unanimously June 1 to extend for six months the town’s moratorium on methadone clinics.

The vote was 5-0 to extend the moratorium. As part of the motion, Warren selectmen agreed they would sign a document provided by the town attorney extending the moratorium.

The issue was voted on during a selectmen’s meeting at the town office following a brief public hearing on the issue.

The moratorium has been in place since Dec. 13 when about 245 residents turned out to a special town meeting at the Warren Community School and voted by an overwhelming majority in favor of it. The goal was to give a town committee time to draft ordinance language regulating such clinics in town.

It came after CRC Health Group proposed opening a methadone clinic in the former school building on School Street. CRC has filed a federal lawsuit against the town, claiming it has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by blocking the coming of a center to treat people with opiate addictions. The ADA law protects drug addicts.

Committee member Joseph Berkenbile said during the public hearing that the town needs to extend the moratorium. He said an attorney from the Preti Flaherty firm specializing in ADA law will review the town’s proposed ordinance regulating methadone clinics in the community.

Committee Chairman Michael York said the committee is close to completing its work and will not need the full six months of the moratorium. The proposed ordinance will go before voters at a town meeting for approval.

Watmough said at the meeting that the town has not yet been served with the lawsuit from CRC. The suit, however, has been filed in federal court.