The Fight Continues! Update on the fate of Citizens/Montevue

The Frederick County Board of County Commissioners refused to listen to citizens and experts at the June 25th public hearing, or to honor their commitments, and voted to disband the Board of Trustees and sell the Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center and the Montevue Assisted Living facility. In response, a group of former trustees and other concerned county residents initiated a legal battle to stop the sale. They set up a new webpage, and need your support in their fight on behalf of Frederick’s most vulnerable elderly citizens!

Here’s what they’re doing:

They filed an appeal of the Frederick City Planning & Zoning Commission decision on the subdivision of the Montevue property. The County must receive approval to subdivide the property.

Read/download the full appeal here.

On Wednesday, August 21st, they won a delay from the Maryland Board of Public Works on their decision to allow or not allow the sale to go forward! While the president of the Board of County Commissioners waved a check in the air, the three-member Board of Public Works made the prudent decision to allow the legal process to proceed before weighing in on the matter.

You can read an excellent synopsis of the issues from the Frederick County Chapter of the League of Women Voters.

On August 16, 2013, a complaint was filed in the Circuit Court for Frederick County, Maryland, on behalf of 11 plaintiffs versus the Board of County Commissioners for Frederick County. The complaint addresses the sale of the property and facilities, the dissolution of the Board of Trustees, the disregard of the restrictive covenant on the property and the questionable agreements entered into by the BOCC in the real estate brokerage agreement and the facility management agreement.

Read the complaint and all the referenced exhibits here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Please Join the Fight!

citizensrehabThey need you to support their efforts as they speak up for the indigent elderly who cannot speak for themselves! They are facing a county attorney’s office with a million dollar budget, multiple lawyers on staff and endless ways to slow the flow of public information. Aurora Healthcare, the BOCC’s chosen purchaser for Citizens and Montevue, also has a legal team involved in the litigation.

To fight back effectively, they have a fundraising goal of $50,000.00, with several past Citizens/Montevue trustees pledging up to $25,000.00 in matching funds to spur our efforts. Please consider making a donation to the effort today?

Every dollar you give will be matched and used to help win for Frederick’s seniors in circuit court. Your gift in any amount doubles: $25.00 becomes $50.00, $100.00 becomes $200.00 and $1,000.00 becomes $2,000.00 — all making a tremendous difference in the fight ahead. They can’t do this alone. Your participation is essential.

This is not your typical fundraising effort. There are no fancy brochures or gala events. This is about survival for our neighbors, and about maintaining Frederick County as a great and caring place to live. This is about standing up for what’s right and putting our money on the line to make a difference.

Your support is critical.

Please make your check payable to:

Help Us Save Montevue
P.O. Box 3625
Frederick MD 21705-3625

You can also drop a check off at any branch of the Frederick County Bank (the main office of the bank is at 30 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701).

If you have any questions, please send an email to

Thank you!

More on the Citizens and Montevue controversy, here and in the local media

Encourage the Board of Public Works to Delay or Stop the Sale of Montevue and Citizens!
August 13, 2013 by Steve Bruns

Ready, Fire, Aim! County Commissioners load up on ideology. No facts or compassion needed.
June 24, 2013 by Joseph I. Berman, MD, MPH

Don’t sell Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living!
May 20, 2013 by Steve Bruns

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