County to consider abolishing Citizens, Montevue trustees board

Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Bethany Rodgers
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Date Published: 05/24/2013

A proposal to abolish the board of trustees for Frederick County’s nursing and assisted living centers is headed to the same public hearing slated for discussion of selling the two facilities. Eliminating the trustees might lessen the risk of legal action against the county if officials decide to privatize Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living, the county attorney said Thursday. Commissioners President Blaine Young said whether he and fellow board members decide the county should keep or sell the centers, he thinks the commissioners should take a more hands-on role in managing them. During Thursday’s county meeting, commissioners voted 4-1 to forward the issue to a June 25 hearing. Commissioner David Gray cast the only opposing vote. Sonja Sperlich, chairwoman of the board of trustees, said it comes as no surprise to her that commissioners might do away with her group. “It’s shocking, shameful, disgraceful, but not unexpected,” she said. The board of trustees has already voted in opposition to selling Citizens and Montevue, she said.