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.

“I ask you not to sell my home, but to give my home a chance to prove itself. To believe in the folks that run Montevue and give them a chance to prove it is a diamond in the rough,” said Lawrence Watson, 95, who was accompanied to the microphone by his two daughters and granddaughter.

The vast majority of hearing participants objected to selling the facilities, a fact highlighted by speaker Kermit Liebensperger, who asked privatization supporters to rise.

“Don’t be bashful. There must be someone,” he said after several moments of silence.

In response, about 10 people stood up in one corner of Frederick Community College’s Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, where the hearing was held.

When Liebensperger, a Montgomery County resident, asked sale opponents to stand, almost everyone in the room rose to their feet.

The 409-seat room was packed full at the beginning of the hearing, with some people forced to find places along the wall or on the theater stairs. During the hearing’s emotional three-minute speeches, crowd members clapped, cheered and shouted questions and challenges to commissioners. At one point, a woman demanded that commissioners refrain from checking their cellphones while members of the public were speaking.

A number of people said they feared selling the facilities would represent an abandonment of vulnerable seniors who can’t afford to live in private assisted living centers.

Citizens, a 170-bed nursing home, is intended to generate a surplus large enough to cover shortfalls at Montevue, which provides 60 subsidized beds to needy residents. However, for years, both centers have been losing money, and the county has spent an estimated $53 million since fiscal 2000 to prop up facility operations.

Providing such a large benefit to a handful of people is not fair, Commissioner Paul Smith wrote in a four-page statement explaining his support for selling the facilities. By selling the centers, the county could spread resources more evenly.

“(T)his sale will enable the county to fund expanded services to hundreds of needy seniors who are denied the special benefit of living at Montevue,” Smith wrote in the statement.

A few speakers agreed with the sale. One person said it is not the government’s job to make sure people don’t fall through the cracks.

“The responsibility of charity rests on our shoulders as individuals,” said Jason Laird, a Frederick resident. “We can’t shirk our responsibility by throwing it on the government.”

Laird said he believes many local taxpayers who bear the costs of Citizens and Montevue would back privatization, but they aren’t as motivated to show up for a public hearing as the vocal minority.

Another local man said in tough economic times, the government must cut costs to relieve taxpayers.

“We’ve lost money for an awfully long time now,” said Chris Ganley of Frederick. “Sell the facility.”

But many speakers said they would be willing to continue funding the centers and didn’t consider it a waste of resources.

“I think you’re the biggest waste of taxpayer money. Right here,” Nick Lewandowski, a Frederick resident, said to the commissioners seated on the stage in front of him.

A number of speakers noted that the $30 million sale price is less than the roughly $38 million cost of construction for the centers’ new state-of-the-art facility, which was completed last year. Many others asked commissioners allow Citizens and Montevue another couple of years to show they are financially viable.

The commissioners haven’t worked with the Citizens board of trustees to turn around the centers, some said.

“Instead, energy has been devoted to discussing the proposed buyers and formulating a fiscal analysis of the county’s savings through the sale,” said RaeAnn Butler, chairwoman of the Frederick County Commission on Aging.

Aurora Health Management representatives spoke at the hearing’s outset to say they look forward to becoming part of the Frederick County community.

Several members of the 10-person Citizens board of trustees also filed up to the microphone, touching on issues that ranged from financial to personal.

After the comments were concluded, Gray made a motion to table discussion of selling the facilities and wait until July 2014 before revisiting the idea of privatization. However, the motion died for lack of a second.

Commissioners on Tuesday night voted 4-1 in favor of developing a management contract with Aurora so the company can start running the centers before the closing date. Gray was the dissenting vote.

Officials have looked at four criteria as they weigh the future of the facilities, considering patient care, facility employees, subsidized residents at Montevue and the financial viability of a sale.

Aurora has agreed to offer employment to all the centers’ workers at their current wages and will provide a comparable benefits package. A separate agreement stipulates that the county will pay Aurora $10.7 million over a four-year period to continue caring for the 60 subsidized residents at the assisted living center. Future county boards also pay to devote a certain number of Montevue beds for the indigent.

With the $30 million purchase price offered by Aurora, the county will be able to pay off the bonds on the new Citizens and Montevue building and would see a cumulative surplus of $5.7 million over the next four years.

Follow Bethany Rodgers on Twitter: @BethRodgersFNP.

For more on Tuesday's hearing, visit www.fredericknewspost.com.

(102) comments

tjmaher

How DARE ANYONE mention ANYTHING about the folks in blue shirts!!! These folks are amazing and provide for my father with such pride. The “BLUE SHIRTS” were NOT holding up or dragging in any of the residents of Montevue. Instead the residents, just like the public signed up to speak on their OWN FREE WILL. I can NEVER thank these BLUE SHIRTS enough.

My dad who is a resident of Montevue was thrown a hard curve ball in life after working his whole life. The folks at Montevue were hard working tax paying citizens! NOT like those that receive welfare and wic and have NEVER worked a productive day in their life! We fund them don’t we? How about those work release inmates that just keep going out of the system over and over again, and we fund that program too. How about the homeless shelters that we fund.

Sixty seven percent of the population of Frederick was AGAINST this sale. BOCC minus Grey all lied when they “forgot” their promise for 18 to 24 months. As someone said if it smells funny it is funny.

I understand the sale has been voted on, yet, we need to stop future actions of this BOCC. I believe we should contact our Annapolis delegation/Governor and find out what we can do to remove these clowns!!!

I will never forget they disrespect on Tuesday evening to all speakers and that goes to those who were for the sale. I will be at every debate in 18 months to remind the public of these jerks!!!


In closing it is obviousl that you have not had to care for an aging parent. Believing the saying raising our parents is difficult, it is an understandment. What till you attempt it, but you will throw your parents to the devil as you are so heartless with your commitments and thoughts!!!

playgirlangel

Just for everyone's information those people in the blue shirts love and support the residents. They are the only family that some of them have that care. B. Young makes them feel like they are nothing more then a piece of trash waiting for the landfill. What would you rather have your tax dollars go for commissioner outtings, they bar tab, drugs or prostitutes? I think taking care of peoples lives are more important. I have a heart and I care. You go kj85.

Impeach Blaine

Looks Like the county landfill is up for sale next. And I'm not kidding.

Don't think this can happen???

Google: Days Cove Reclamation, Inc

fmyers628

If the BOCC does try to sell the landfill, it is probably because Kirby's business is not paying their bills. (As was reported when Kirby was running for commissioner, WF Delauter was on a COD basis at the landfill, because of past due bills not being paid.)

Can a reporter check on this, and see if Delauter is still delinquent on landfill fees? And does he pay the extra amount when what is being disposed is from out-of Frederick County?

playgirlangel

Im sorry but caring for the elderly at montevue shouldn't have a price tag on it. These people have worked all there lives and still have been left with miss fortunes and nothing more then the clothes on the back when they come in. The government pays millions of dollars to take care of all these children out here that these women have. What's the difference? Most of them do nothing to help themselves. These people have and still are left with nothing. Maybe there is a solution to that to...sterilization!!!! Leave Montevue alone. I am a very proud tax payer and I will support them to the end. Our government is nothing more then all about the mighty dollar. There is way more to life then that. They better think twice. One day there decision will be regretted. This is not done yet. Shame on you

KJ85

And one more thing miss (can't call you a lady for obvious reasons) girlpolitic, the disgusting blue shirt wearing narcissistic CCRC/Montevue employees are making a difference in people's lives EVERY SINGLE DAY. What do you do? Write for the FNP? Tell lies & rub elbows with the likes of Blaine Young? Lets see who should be more proud, the disgusting blue shirt wearing crew or you? There is a young generation in the healthcare profession lets not forget, we will remember each of your names. But since you supported the sale, maybe the dog pound won't be on Young's "to be destroyed" list and you can reside there in your elder years.

infrederick

When a deal smells like week old dead fish, there is usually something fishy hidden away.

infrederick

Surprise , Surprise. So a private company get a multimillion dollar gift from the Commissioners and Mr Young in particular. The elderly get the shaft and can go die in the cold as far as Young is concerned. I wonder if Mr Young has any secret accounts abroad, say in the Caymans?

Impeach Blaine

The Yellow Cab website was advertising a vacation rental property for rent in FL by Disney World(?).

Track the FL Real Property Data records down and see who it came from

LucyLucy

I think it may be rather hard for Blaine to show his face around Frederick for quit awhile without getting it slapped.....Like and or view the Shame the Blaine Campaign FB page...all comments are welcome and needed..update us with Blaine sightings, keep others posted, let us know where and what Blaine does, challenge his decision, stand up to him, DO not SHUT-UP and SING..keep on singing and singing and singing........

fnfn

When corporations take over public facilities, they sell off what they can like the land, to add to the profits.

Then they do the minimum and take in the maximum dollars.

Non profits do not have the same greedy incentives.

dbjanda1

If Blaine thinks he knows more than 95 yr. old Mr. Watson then he should check his diet...He must be losing as much mental capacity as he is weight..Didn't he say he was born here...Too bad there won't anything left for him to be buried here...Open lot, develop it, open space put a road on it, more open space, put a tech park on it and finally trash, burn it but no smoking at the WTE plant...The problem is the people have to suffer thru this twisted thinking, heck he can't even make up his mind to run for govenor or county exec. and he wants citizens to think he can make decisions for them...Let me check I think Hell is starting to freeze over...Me

Impeach Blaine

Notice Darthblaine young hasn't commented today on this.

Funny that Jill king made a letter in the testinical whining about FNP commenters and their alias names.

And here Jill is on the FNP as girl politic along side with Ba'Lane as Darththevader.

Jill - I guess your piece you wrote hasn't much merit now, has it?

wmpratt2010

Blaine is darththevader?

Impeach Blaine

yes, that's correct. A friend of ours works for the FNP. The IP address Blaine sends his LTE's from is the same IP address Darth posts from

watson4sherlock

You can email Jill King at retrainbrain@hotmail.com. Thanks.

See http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5751

timrich84

WE NEED TO GET THESE JOKERS OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!

playgirlangel

First of all I would like to thank David Gray for his support through this entire ordeal. It has meant a lot to all of the employees. But for the rest of you I truely hope that one day you will be thrown a curve ball in life and need a place like montevue to live, but guess what you have made the decision to sell it so that means you will have no one to care for you. You know what they say about carma. Blaine Young you are a rude, hateful, heartless arrogant fool.
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naturalnurse

You mean a curve ball like trillions of dollars that the youth today will burden? We can't keep spending money the way previous generations have in the past. You worry about the elderly's retirement. What about the future of their children? We need to address the underlying problem. And that is big government. 90 million dollars to care for around 150 people each year for 10 years is mind blowing. Even a liberal can do that math...

backroomfrederick

90% of the public against this BOCC's ideas is not new. The incinerator meetings showed such a VAST majority against but the BOCC slips along trying to find crumbs and developers to support their claims.

KJ85

Excuse you miss girl politic. I was one of the very PROUD wearing those horrid shirts you speak of. Not a single one of those residents were forced to do anything. You should be a little more informed before you start running off at the mouth about the population we serve. These are not bed ridden or Alzheimer's patients. These are simply elderly individuals who require more care than they can give themselves. They read the paper everyday and know exactly what's going on. They may not have their health but they have their minds. They bring the articles to the staff most of the time. They have every right to be anywhere to speak their peace just like the rest of the county. Since they're old and SOME of you have forgotten them that means they should sit at Montevue/CCRC and rot? Lets take some of your rights away and see how you like it. Please start planning now for your future and please make sure you have plenty of money so you never outlive your resources. Only the good die young, so you hateful, close minded, rude, Blaine supporting pigs better save tons of money. You'll be on this earth for awhile.

Crustybachelor

You hit the nail right on the head, KJ85. No empathy. No humanity. The county elected a sad bunch of unintelligent and self absorbed a-holes, and this is what happened. There are a bunch of mistakes to be fixed at the next election, and then a bunch of damage to undo that the mistakes have made. The quote that people elect the type of representation that they deserve has become manifest here in Frederick County.

Aquilter

The blatant disregard for what the county tax payers want is appalling! I will remember this when voting again and I certainly won't be voting for anyone currently in office .

DebtFree

Implementing austerity requires sacrifices and often making unpopular decisions.

wmpratt2010

They were losing my money. The sell was a good call.

watson4sherlock

$6,000,000 needed to sell

$...600,000 budgeted to operate

Congratulations!

DebtFree

I fully support the BoCC ending taxpayers obligation to subsidize care for patients at Citizens and Montevue.

tjmaher

I am absolutely appalled at the behavior during the public hearing last evening of the four clowns on stage that we call County Commissioners. NOT ONE of them had the decency to look at ANY of the residents of Montevue while they were giving testimony or should I say pouring their hearts out, begging the Commissioners not to sell. NOT one ounce of respect was shown to these elderly residents. Instead, eating peanuts, cookies and pretzels seemed more important. I guess they could not look at these folks since they already knew the vote and the guilt was overwhelming that they could not look the residents in the eye. Furthermore, they should have allowed the residents to finish their statements instead of cutting them off. Obviously they were nervous and talked a lot slower. These folks should have been allowed a little more than 3 minutes. RESPECT goes a long way!!
If any member of public addressing the sale of Montevue/Citizens deserved their attention it was certainly the residents. The elderly. It just shows how intolerable these Commissioners really are to anything that they are against and have NO regard for anyone!
After calling them out for not giving their eye contact with the speakers I asked for complete attention to those giving testimony, and for Blaine to cease eating during testimony prior to beginning my testimony. Blaine resumes his eating and I asked him if I should stop until his has finished his “snack”. The reply was you are wasting your three minutes! Obviously even here Blaine is above the law and clearly ignoring the sign “NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES ALLOWED.”
Throughout the evening it was interesting to watch Commissioners, open mail, draw, look at the clock, read some more mail, chat with one another and let’s not forget the eye rolls!. It was so obvious that Blaine and the three clowns work together and clearly NEVER paid an ounce of attention which was proven when Paul Smith mention the testimonies to increase taxes to cover Montevue!! That was NEVER mentioned. He really needs an energy drink prior to the meetings as he was struggling to remain awake!!!!
When David Grey worked hard to pull a rabbit out of his hat to put off the vote, Blaine and Billy Shreve was talking and laughing. So RUDE to their OWN PEERS!!!! Just shows if you are NOT with BLAINE you are NO WHERE.
Their behavior is also reflected in the county attorney’s behavior as he has his head down sleeping, on his lap top, etc. Should have been paying attention should a question arise.
I think it is time to get the State involved to look at the behavior practices of these clowns. At least can we chip in and get them a book on County Commissioners Public Behavior 101???

Bottom line – County is 67 percent in favor of keeping M/C so it will be a hanging tool in a few months!!!

watson4sherlock

Blaine resumes his eating and I asked him if I should stop until his has finished his “snack”. The reply was you are wasting your three minutes! Obviously even here Blaine is above the law and clearly ignoring the sign “NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES ALLOWED.”

Oh may! Do you think the Trustees could get Blaine to resign since he was violating a policy?

dbjanda1

Frederickinsider---Open a phone book, there's FREE WiFi at MickyD's, Starbucks and Burger King...How much is the free WiFi costing you talk about that is already out there waiting to be used ???...Me

frederickinsider

Out of the nursing home business into the providing free WiFi

watson4sherlock

What a waste since private industry is going to do it. Google is doing it right now in Australia.

4/08/2013 @ 2:19PM
Google Might Be Planning Free Nationwide Wi-Fi Since The FCC Isn't

So far, Google has provided free Wi-Fi to its hometown of Mountainview, parts of New York City, Kansas City and most recently, Douglasville, GA, as reported by the Douglas County Sentinal on Friday.

That’s not all. Digital Trends also reported Friday a rumor that Google has been in negotiations for four to five weeks to acquire cross-platform messaging app, Whatsapp.

The deal, reportedly worth almost $1 billion, would fill Google’s cross-platform messaging needs nicely and, more importantly, quickly, an important aspect of non-cellular Wi-Fi service for users.

See http://www.forbes.com/sites/benzingainsights/2013/04/08/google-might-be-planning-free-nationwide-wi-fi-since-the-fcc-isnt/

fourstoogesandthatotherguy_the

1. Someone in authority at the federal, state or local levels - or an investigative reporter - needs to dig deep and see how much these boobs have received under the table from Aurora. That's why last night was nothing more than a charade. It's all about the money...THEIR money.

2. I wonder if Moe holds the 95 year old gentleman in the picture in higher, lower or the same regard as he did the youth basketball referee. I suspect that if he had had a chance at a private moment with the gentleman, Moe would probably have called him a c*******er, just like he did the official.

j_roc101

I was disgusted by the absolute arrogance displayed on that stage last night.
Blaine eating and chewing like a cow, others doodling and sending text messages.
To take public comments was a mere formality, a decoration on a pile of crap.

watson4sherlock

Was Blaine doing any of the texting? Who was? IMPEACH BLAINE was posting during the hearing.

backroomfrederick

Blaine left the incinerator meeting at Tuscarora High just after it started claiming he had something imporant to do - go to basketball. Shreve was called out by a speaker at the same meeting for texting in the front row while she spoke. He just kept texting like a scolded child as she called him out. Of course, their developer/radio pals couldn't stop backslapping each other after they spoke. Of course it was 10-1 against them all but the BOCC's minds seem to made up before hearing ANY public opinion.

dbjanda1

Odd that at the meeting outset a Aurora rep. said 'they look forward to be part of Frederick community'...That should have been said after the vote not before unless it was a foregone conclusion in the first place...It appears this is another way to spend county money that will end up in the Blaine for whatever campaign...The only thing missing was the donation kettle or passing the hat...Never mind there's direct deposit now...It all about money like Blaine announced when he started his campaign..Me

frederickinsider

To put this in prospective CCRC and MAL made up about 25% of County Staff.

Crustybachelor

"Frederick County" did not decide to sell them. That was Blaine & Co. committing political suicide. And not cleanly either...they'll be dangling and kicking at the end of their ropes for quite a while over this one.

ehpercy

It was a done deal when they walked in the room. Just like Head Start was a done deal and the Jefferson Tech Park was a done deal, and the $100 taxable rebate was a done deal, and all the DRRA were done deals, and the Monrovia Develoment was a done deal, and the funding of only MOE for schools was a done deal (that with the added hypocrisy of the rest of the budget).

All this group cares about is those sycophants and check writers inside their echochamber. These public hearings are just Blaine and the Bobbleheads going through the legally required motions. I thought the Cady/Lovell/Thompson Board was bad but this group has taken the concept of a Junta to a whole different level.

jerseygrl42

Yet another example of the 4 losers working on their own behalf and against the will of people who put them in office; there is not an ounce of class amongst the 4 of them and ultimately these misdeeds will reap the wrath of the ciitizens of this county when it really counts next year. Their record is one of shameful decisions; Jefferson Tech park that will cost the taxpayers $101 million on behalf of Sinclair,the ridiculous notion to erect a garbage burner at a cost of $3 Billion to the taxpayers while poisoning the surrounding environment and continuing the need to landfill more toxic ash by weight than the trash we currently longhaul, thousands of new home approvals w/o sufficient infra-structure to support them and one need look no further that Centerville elementary where one can barely see the school which is surrounded by trailers and now this betrayal of the old folks who can no longer contribute $$$$ so screw them ....yep this is bunch of clowns has stuck it to all but those with the means to sweeten the pot a bit and by knows where he can stick that thumb of his

tstright

So much for the County Home. BOCC all need to be fired for allowing this to happen.

YOURENEMY

So, this is what my county has become? You are now in charge of hiring/firing? No more elections here? Where do I go to find America? Your friends say in these comments that they hope elected officials families become destitute since a promise was made and kept by a politician BEFORE then AFTER an election? A single "republican" declares how he has voted and will vote while others declare that they "used to vote" certain ways? A vote has now become a "heinous deed" and "shameless"? Bell, California is now part of Frederick County? These friends of yours are putting nails into coffins (political or otherwise)? People lawfully elected are the same as losing presidential candidates (for some implicit reason)? This is what you and your friends here feel constitutes a debate? This is what my county has become? If your shame is so intense, PLEASE; leave. Or is it that Maryland (from which people are fleeing) has become your idea of Utopia if only you can rid it of "those people" in these last couple counties? Each and every person on this board are beneath contempt. Hitler? Nazi? Or even worse; Wal-Mart? Where do I go to find America?

joelp77440

Side note, Blaine sure has lost a lot of weight. Whatever he is doing is working even though even though I would try to avoid the pregnant lady urine. Eww.

Thomask

I can only hope that at some time someone in the families of the 4 BOCC members who voted for this sale, become so needy or ill that the county won't have any resources or those nasty non-profits that help people, to help them, since they cut any misicule funding for all of them Then payback will be worth waiting for. We need to boycott any and all of the sponsors of BY's idiotic show as a first step on the payback road.

rarelycomment

I'm a Republican and I did not and will not vote for Blaine Young.

https://www.facebook.com/ImARepublicanAndIDidntAndWontVoteForBlaineYoung

primrosefeather50

According to the commissioners they have committed this heinous deed for the benefit of county taxpayers. I would like for them to explain the specific benefits for each and every taxpayer in the county. What this really means is that funds will be re-appropriated for the benefit of the commissioners and their cronies. Shameful, just shameful. I only wish that the four of them end up destitute and in need of a nursing home. I feel embarrassed to live in this county.

Thomask

Agree with your sentiments! Problem is those people on the BOCC just don't care. Never have. Never will. Hope they never seek public office again.

joelp77440

It's ironic that people are protesting the sale of those buildings and not the condition of the care they deliver. I had a family member that I pulled out of there for poor care. Many people in the local social services field know that this is not a place you send your family members to. Yet, people are protesting the sale. I think they should not sell either but care must be improved, especially for those who are indigent. Some of those wards, even in the new building are terrible. It is not the facility but the staff that need cleaning up.

watson4sherlock

You reported these conditions to the Maryland Healthcare Quality Board? Or you're just part of the sock-it-to-um team?

http://dhmh.maryland.gov/ohcq/SitePages/Complaint%20Form.aspx

mobilityedge

It's obvious now that the county is fed up, and that includes a lot of Republican voters. So when is it time for the grown-up wing of the GOP...the one I *used* to vote for...to take back the reins?

billrittel

It was a done deal BEFORE the hearing. The meeting was held because it had to be held, not because the BoCC was interested or willing to change their minds. This is how most all decisions by the BoCC are done.

BstD59

Most decisions? I would say ALL decisions. I'd be willing to bet that in direct defiance of the quorum rules these four little men meet or talk on the phone or via some other method of communication and discuss each and every major decision BEFORE it goes to open public meetings. They are so predictable. I can't imagine there was one person in Frederick, regardless of whether they agree with selling the homes or not that they didn't already know the outcome of this vote long before it was taken.

watson4sherlock

Justice can prevail.

A California Court of Appeal said Wednesday the state attorney general can seek full restitution against eight former Bell officials in a civil suit.

"Today marks the beginning of a new dawn for Bell and its residents," Mayor Ali Saleh said. "We are very pleased with the outcome of today's court decision."

The announcement is more bad news for five of the six former Bell council members who were found guilty Wednesday of misappropriating public funds. It also may pose a problem for Luis Artiga, the only defendant exonerated in the corruption trial, who is seeking payment from the city for his legal fees.

Two years ago, the former officials claimed the city owed them collectively in excess of $4 million in legal defense fees, according to city officials.

Now they face well in excess of that amount in restitution claims, officials say.

That case names ex-City Administrator Robert Rizzo, his assistant Angela Spaccia, former police Chief Randy Adams, and the five former councilmembers who were convicted Wednesday: Victor Bello, George Cole, Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo and George Mirabal.

See http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/03/bell-appellate-court-rules-city-can-seek-restitution-for-salaries.html

Impeach Blaine

Jill king - give it a rest with your "silent majority" line. That's how we know girl politic is you, you been using that line for 2 yrs now.

Your affiliation with Blaine young will never earn you a seat in any politics in the area.

Your posts are mean

watson4sherlock

You can email Jill King at retrainbrain@hotmail.com

See http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5751

watson4sherlock

Frederick county has spent on average $4 million per year out of a budget of almost $500 million, or less than 1%, on residential services for seniors in need of nursing care.

Citizens, a 170-bed nursing home, is intended to generate a surplus large enough to cover shortfalls at Montevue, which provides 60 subsidized beds to needy residents. However, for years, both centers have been losing money, and the county has spent an estimated $53 million since fiscal 2000 to prop up facility operations.

BstD59

Certainly no one is surprised at this decision. But, every cloud does have a silver lining and the cloud known as Young and his puppets is lined by the knowledge that they have destroyed any hope of a political future for themselves, anywhere. The only surprise I had was that I genuinely thought Young was serious about seeking a higher office when it's now become quite obvious that he doesn't.

armillary

He does have a $400K political war chest which he received in political contributions from developers whose land he rezoned, secured bond funding for, accepted county ownership of bridges for or otherwise gave away county taxpayer dollars to. He can use that money to bankroll his candidates (think Jill and Farrell) for county office in the next election. $400K will pay for a lot of cab-top advertising signs (from his company, of course) and weekly mailings from his chosen candidates. We haven't seen the last of Blaine. His influence on our county is just beginning.

watson4sherlock

Blaine thinks money can buy the election. It proved Blaine wrong on the BOE. It's time to prove that to Blaine for all time to come.

Thomask

Too many ignorant people who follow their lord BY wherever he goes, whatever he does, doesn't guarantee that he is out of our political life here in the county. I can only hope it does, but nothing here surprises me.

magnumrn2

Blaine Young and Billy Shreve and Paul Smith put the last nail in their political coffins last night at the hearing. Not a single one of them has any chance of ever being elected to anything again in Frederick. The folks in attendance at FCC were a microcosm of Frederick County citizenry and they were furious! The lack of respect shown to the BOCC was astonishing and that should have told those fools something. Blaine sat on the podium eating peanuts and licking his fingers and swilling bottles of water like he was watching a movie ~ that is, when he could bother to look at the speakers. Billy Shreve sat there and grinned the whole time like he was pleasuring himself under the table. Poor stupid Kirby just sat there looking like he had gotten lost and wound up on stage. Paul Smith announced before the hearings began that he didn't care what his constituents wanted, he supported the sale. It was disgraceful. It is impossible to name one decision this BOCC has made that can be considered a wise one. What a quartet of fools we have running the County. The sale of the nursing home is a complete debacle and will haunt this region for years to come. Jean

Rosmadder13

The Frederick County commissioners should be ashamed of themselves with the exception of David Gray in this matter. If they don't let my Grandmother stay at Montevue after her money runs out then I am gonna need all of your addresses so you all can take turns taking care of her and providing her with a place to live, by the way she needs to be looked after 24/7 because she cannot care for herself, alone, for long. My Grandfather is in Citizens as well. Both will be affected by this poor decision made by the very idiots we voted into office. Now we have to worry even more about their care with the privatization with Aurora, a questionable company at best. Thanks for doing your jobs so well. Do not look for my vote when the time comes, especially you Mr. Young.

squibmyer

Sheesh, the greed and sense of entitlement of people in this county is sad.

NASCARLOVER

http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/fredericknewspost.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/c4/3c44cbf7-df35-5c67-8018-6a61695eb129/51ca74c153d71.image.jpg


Cuts a dashing figure, doesn't he.[yawn]

watson4sherlock

Lovely. The tongue hanging out is most impressive indeed.

president8444

Lucy lucy,Gray, and dems lose again.Where was the naacp representatives , they receive help too from the county too..Gray should change parties now,why join the dems, he won as a republcan.The POOR will be taken CARE OF REGARDLESS OF WHO OWNS THE NURSING HOME , OUR TAXES WILL PAY FOR THEM.

watson4sherlock

Frederick County will pay $11 million to care for the Montevue Residents for four years. After that if the BOCC doesn't approve additional funding they will be out on the street. Aurora will be setting the price after that. Then we'll see how much money the County will be saving.

A separate agreement stipulates that the county will pay Aurora $10.7 million over a four-year period to continue caring for the 60 subsidized residents at the assisted living center. Future county boards also pay to devote a certain number of Montevue beds for the indigent.

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fnfn

Indeed, clarity would be a help...

jillerbiller

As one of the commissioners said last night. He had already decided. The voices in the room were only a formality to this board. It is obvious that we are to old for Young.

timlowenhaupt

Agreed girlpolitic, just as the SILENT MAJORITY of citizens of Frederick County came out to support Blaine’s Orange candidates for BOE last November! Oops, I’m sorry that happened in Frederick County on alternate earth.

watson4sherlock

County commissioners Billy Shreve, Blaine Young and Kirby Delauter had advertised their five preferred candidates for school board using an orange in the background. The ad was in response to the Frederick County Teachers Association promoting its four recommended candidates using an apple.

The commissioners recommended Tony Chmelik, Cusimano, Jim Hoover, Cindy Rose and Pam Ward for the three open seats.

See http://m.fredericknewspost.com/archive/article_f4aa4202-f182-5989-9fa2-9994bf3575bb.html

watson4sherlock

None were elected. Current school board:

Jean A. Smith, President
Joy Schaefer, Vice President
Zakir Bengali
Kathryn B. Groth
April F. Miller
James C. Reeder, Jr.
Brad W. Young
Brandon K. Wharton, Student Member
Theresa R. Alban, Superintendent, Secretary-Treasurer

See http://www.fcps.org/page/210

girlpolitic

The majority of the BoCC (Minus 1) made the right decision. I thank you for being willing to listen, hold onto your beliefs and cast your vote accordingly. Far too many of the speakers were just unbelievably rude and lacked any real knowledge of the proposal. I am more convinced than ever that the SILENT MAJORITY of the citizens of Frederick County, which support this proposal/decision, were not represented by the people present at last nights meeting. Recently in TIME MAGAZINE (May 20, 2013) an article was written about the ME GENERATION. Based on what I saw last night the "me generation" was fully assembled at Jack B. Kussmaul Theater. What was most disgusting were the blue T shirt folks (Citzens/Montevue employees) who propped up many residents to do their bidding. I truly felt those residents were USED by the narcissistic employees.

watson4sherlock

Older people need help to make themselves heard and to vote in the next election. What's all this me stuff? You'd rather they died a quick death and be off with you.

fredneckforever

Is this really jill.king? [wink]

fredneckforever

Why do people in Frederick even try to speak. Do you think Blaine and his three puppets, yes guys you are his puppets, even care what you think. They are just using their time to line their pockets and then they are gone and you will be left with the mess. As long as they have people like the Groundhog, Crawfish, the Hairstylist and woody who beleive them they are all good. [sad]

watson4sherlock

There will always be a public record that it was done over the protests of the people. Surely they could have found more than 10 people who were for the sale to parade at the hearing.

The vast majority of hearing participants objected to selling the facilities, a fact highlighted by speaker Kermit Liebensperger, who asked privatization supporters to rise.

“Don’t be bashful. There must be someone,” he said after several moments of silence.

In response, about 10 people stood up in one corner of Frederick Community College’s Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, where the hearing was held.

When Liebensperger, a Montgomery County resident, asked sale opponents to stand, almost everyone in the room rose to their feet.

The 409-seat room was packed full at the beginning of the hearing, with some people forced to find places along the wall or on the theater stairs. During the hearing’s emotional three-minute speeches, crowd members clapped, cheered and shouted questions and challenges to commissioners. At one point, a woman demanded that commissioners refrain from checking their cellphones while members of the public were speaking.

fredneckforever

Where's the punk? [smile]

watson4sherlock

A ...cumulative surplus of $5.7 million over the next four years which will enable the county to fund expanded services to hundreds of needy seniors who are denied the special benefit of living at Montevue,” Smith wrote in the statement.

Impeach Blaine

On the bright side, Blaine's political career in Frederick county is officially OVER. He succeeded in doing himself in.

watson4sherlock

Blaine's not going to be Governor either. Maybe Blaine's radio show will be a big hit and Blaine can be the next great Rush Limbaugh. But without all the tails of woe Blaine generates in Frederick County Government what would Blaine have to talk about?

O'Malley needs a lot of PR people to make himself look good...

I haven't lost any hair, I've gained a six pack...

There are no county owned nursing homes in Maryland...

Maybe the other commenters can charitably contribute some lines for Blaine to use on his radio show.

armillary

Let the lawsuits begin.

watson4sherlock

A public hearing was held, as duly advertised, regarding the Frederick County
Planning Commission’s recommended New Market Region Plan (NMRP) on
Thursday, August 11, 2005, and was continued to September 1. Commissioner
Thompson gave a brief overview of the previous hearing and noted that the
purpose of the public hearing was to receive public comment.
Public comments were given by:

Chris Ganley, General Manager, Turnpike Farm, LP

See http://frederickcountymd.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/527

Thomask

Just check to see how muhc Aurora (or their PAC) donates to Blaine's campaign for county exec or gov. That will tell the tale. When the head of the BOCC has no moral or ethical compass to guide him, what else would one expect. His father probably wished he had used a condom.

fredneckforever

[lol][thumbup]

fnfn

The money flows in secret until we have anti corruptions laws that work.

watson4sherlock

Delegates to the Republican National Convention - 6th Congressional District (Vote for No More Than Three)

Jason B. Laird (Paul)

See https://frederickcountymd.gov/index.aspx?NID=4863

kitty1967

so?

watson4sherlock

Just identifying those who have been quoted in the article. Just facts, not opinions.

“The responsibility of charity rests on our shoulders as individuals,” said Jason Laird, a Frederick resident. “We can’t shirk our responsibility by throwing it on the government.”

LucyLucy

Oh yeah and one last thing, this will be challenged in court, this is not a done deal yet, so for the commissioners to say that they did this to save us TAXPAYERS money is a LIE. A huge FREAKING lie......

This is going to cost us TAXPAYERS big time when this goes to court because we will be paying the legal bills, won't we???[wink][wink][wink][sad][sad][sad]

wmpratt2010

Why does it need to go to court? On what grounds?

kjswartz

Since Blaime Co voted on supporting a private business with $10,000,000 over the next four years, I hope the next board investigates the terms and timing of this sale.

Any county candidate that can credibly make that promise would certainly get my attention.

lastcallcomic

Soooo, it took 2+ years to build this complex (which I live close to), it's only been open a year, and it's already been sold? What's going to happen to this property? Please don't tell me we're looking at yet another future Wal-Mart site...

fnfn

They will milk this property for all its value like Romney...

frederickinsider

This like everything eles was a done deal from the get go

BecauseICareALot

You are absolutely correct, my friend. Done deal, check probably already cashed.

LucyLucy

Also like this FB as well
Some pictures from last night are posted on this FB page. How can the BoCC be so heartless?

https://www.facebook.com/OneFrederickManyVoices?fref=ts

watson4sherlock

Is this the guy who made the Nazi or Hitler statement?

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.521937327859918.1073741862.183339988386322&type=3#!/photo.php?fbid=521938227859828&set=a.521937327859918.1073741862.183339988386322&type=3&theater

LucyLucy

Well there is now a FB page called---Shame the Blaine Campaign, where new and emerging news will be posted about Blaine and the Three Stooges.

Seems like the FNP is only telling one side of the story when it comes to Blaine and the BoCC and the REAL story will be told on the Shame the Blaine Campaign FB page.

Please like the page if you dare, Shame the Blaine Campaign....The page is up to 21 likes and the page just went live yesterday....so

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shame-the-Blaine-Campaign/489681077776883?fref=ts

Marylandgirl22

LOL! I love this fb page!

squibmyer

LOL

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