An attorney for several individuals opposed to Frederick County selling its nursing and assisted living centers is pushing for a description of information redacted from a purchase proposal.

The county last week posted online Aurora Health Management's written offer for Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living, and on Monday, officials published the most recent version of the drafted purchase agreement.

Also released Monday is a drafted continued care agreement to guarantee that current Montevue residents wouldn't get displaced if Aurora takes charge of the facility.

However, Leslie Powell, a Frederick attorney who is representing several sale opponents, said she also wants a list of the information that has been removed from the documents produced so far.

"If you decide Aurora is the horse you're running with, and you've got to have a public hearing ... then no, you shouldn't be withholding information," Powell said.

County Manager Lori Depies said the material redacted from Aurora's $30 million offer is proprietary or financially privileged material.

Powell said until she has a description of what has been removed, she can't determine whether the redactions are appropriate.

She also said she has had difficulty dislodging records in the lead-up to the June 25 public hearing that will focus on the future of the centers.

At first, the county denied her public information request to examine offers to buy the centers. At the time, officials were still reviewing bids and argued that releasing them would undermine the deliberative process, she said.

On May 24, several days after commissioners chose Aurora as their top bidder, Powell said she submitted another information request. Until Monday, the county hadn't released the proposed purchase agreement, as legal staff continued to make revisions. Government agencies have 30 days after a public information request to deny or allow access to records.

Depies said making the document available for review was a priority, but more important was making sure the version posted was as close as possible to a final draft.

"We would rather have something right than have it out right now," Depies said.

However, Powell said she felt the county was giving her "the run-around for three weeks."

Though not in favor of selling the facilities, Commissioner David Gray said he is sympathetic about the difficulties faced by county staff in preparing the package of proposals for release.

"There's a lot to digest. It's not simple," he said.

In addition to the offers and agreements now on the website, officials have posted a financial analysis of the sale proposal and a comparison of employee benefits at Aurora and the county government.

At the June 25 public hearing, commissioners will have the opportunity to decide whether to sell the facilities. The drafted purchase agreement would only get finalized if commissioners approved a sale.

Follow Bethany Rodgers on Twitter: @BethRodgersFNP.

(8) comments

cellmark

Joeelp7774, There are no alegations of poor employee treatment to the residents. In fact the staffing and reports on a state level indicate higher than the average. The place you descibed is similar to all the others untill you hit Home wood and Buckinghams choice which is into the hundreds of thousands per year. I would suspect you may be a former emploee who was discharged due to not mesasureing up.

KellyAlzan

Ms. Powell, there are some compelling new allegations out regarding Young and company.

Many of us would like to know just who should be contacted to launch an investigation. And how should notification of appropriate authority be executed?

Patrick Allen posts a link to his blog. So what's keeping him from moving forward with notifying appropriate authorities? This makes him look shady.

Ms. Powell, or anyone with knowledge on reporting alleged gov't corruption - please respond and please explain the process.

Thanks,
Kelly Alzan

KellyAlzan

I called the MD Attorney General's Office. The Chief Investigator is out of the office until Thursday.

joelp77440

I am mixed on the sale. It doesn't seem fair what the board is doing and it goes against the ideals of its founding. On the other hand, it is a horrible nuring home, maybe even worse than College View. I pulled my loved on out of there and the refused another. The new place is really nice looking but the staff are HORRIBLE. Maybe an new agency will clean out some of the abusive line staff.

fourstoogesandthatotherguy_the

Ms. Powell: With Patrick Allen's serious and well-documented - and God, I hope they're found to be credible - allegations against Young and his puppets, would it not be possible to get a court-ordered retraining order of some type to halt any further Citizens/Montevue sales proceedings? These guys may well belong in prison, not making any further decisions about the use of taxpayer money.

watson4sherlock

Only if Patrick Allen will move to the witness stand and raise his right hand and under the penalty of perjury:

Do you solemnly swear or affirm that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?

to everything in his newly published creative writing exercise.

president8444

OH OH a lawyer wants money too.Save us BOCC.

watson4sherlock

The BOCC won't save you. You're a gonner.

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