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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sale of Montevue/Citizens Delayed

George Wenschhof

On Wednesday, with a 3-0 vote, the Maryland state Board of Public Works voted to delay the sale by Frederick County government of the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Care facilities.

Maryland Comptroller communications director Andrew Friedson shared with me "Comptroller Franchot has consistently raised concerns with the Board of Public Works voting on contracts that are the subject of active litigation. In the interest of due process, he moved to table a vote on the sale of Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and was pleased to have the unanimous support of the governor and treasurer."

A sizable number of Frederick county citizens who opposed the sale attended the hearing.  Local activist Val Dale, who is one of many who have advocated against the sale of the facilities, posted on her “Stand Up Frederick” Facebook page “I am SO proud of the community we live in…today, the residents and staff of Citizens/Montevue can breathe a bit easier because WE WON the request to delay the sale of this treasured set of facilities that is part of our long storied history!”
Local attorney Leslie Powell, who is representing clients who have filed suit to stop the sale of the facilities, attended the board of public works meeting yesterday.  She sent me an email saying “the board of public works made a reasoned and wise decision.”  She added “we are very pleased.”

Interestingly, Republican Frederick Board of County Commissioners president Blaine Young went with a check for $200,000 to reimburse the state for a loan used, in part, for the construction of the brand new facilities. The loan repayment was not included in the original contract of sale.

An online poll by The Frederick News Post today currently shows 75% believe Frederick County should delay the sale of Citizens/Montevue.

Stay tuned.
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