Video: June 25 Public Hearing regarding the sale of Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living Facilities

After a lengthy, and sometimes heated, public hearing at Frederick Community College on Tuesday evening, four members of the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners voted to abolish the Citizens Nursing Home Board of Trustees and to authorize the sale of both the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and the Montevue Assisted Living facility.

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Click here or on the image above to open the video of the June 25th public hearing regarding the Citizens Nursing Home Board of Trustees and the Sale of the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living Facilities.

The full video is a few hours long, but you can easily jump ahead (or back) to watch a few representative segments of your choosing.

More than 400 county residents attended the hearing, all but a handful to express their opposition to the hurried sale of these two new, state of the art facilities, which were opened a year ago. Among the dozens that testified at the hearing were members of the Board of Trustees, residents and staff of the facilities, and many other individual citizens from around the county.

Here is the article from the Frederick News Post about the hearing:

Frederick County decides to sell Citizens and Montevue
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
By Bethany Rodgers

It begins…

County commissioners voted Tuesday night to sell the government-owned nursing home along with the assisted living center that has served needy local residents for about 140 years.

The decision to sell Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living was supported by four commissioners and opposed by Commissioner David Gray.

The same four commissioners also voted to abolish the Citizens board of trustees.

The decision followed about five hours of public comment from local residents, elder care experts and those who live at Citizens and Montevue.

Below is the agenda for the public hearing, which notes that the board may take action at the end of the hearing, as it did, when commissioners Blaine Young, Paul Smith, Billy Shreve and Kirby Delauter voted in favor of abolishing the Citizens Nursing Home Board of Trustees and authorizing the sale of the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living Facilities. Commissioner David Gray voted no on both motions.

Prior to those motions and the votes, Commissioner Gray had made a motion that the Board of County Commissioners delay a final decision to abolish the Board of Trustees and sell the facilities for a year, giving the trustees and staff that year to show the facilites could operate without a county subsidy, as was projected in the economic models developed before the new facilities were built. The motion failed for lack of a second.

Based on recent data, it appears the primary change that would require would be to improve the billing process, which is currently being handled by consultants the current Board of County Commissioners selected and hired to manage the facilities.

The vote at the end of the hearing “authorized” the county commissioners to sell the facilities. The county still needs to draft and approve the specific, final documents.

Following the hearing and votes, a number of individuals who have been involved in this matter for a while made it clear, without being too specific, that a legal challenge will be filed to block the sale.

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