A Frederick County judge made clear Thursday that it is for a jury to decide whether the sale of the former Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living facilities violates a 186-year-old restrictive covenant.

In March, Judge Theresa M. Adams filed an opinion concluding that the 1828 deed, crafted when Elias Brunner sold 88 acres to Frederick County, created a restrictive covenant by including language that the land be used “for the Benefit of the Poor of said County, and to and for no other use, intent or purpose whatsoever.”

Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

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Shame on you Jill. You knew you were not being honest, and this is about people not able to live up to Minimum standards in the United States.
I know she did not see it this way, but so many of these comentators portray Anti American ideals.
They espouse verbage and letters that literaly mean life and death to the needy.
Shame on you. You should be ashemed.


Jill can not possibly know that because of HIPPA. Unless she has illegal access to admissions records which would be quite illegal. Hmmmmm.....


I know the market took a hit but will someone sell me their house at a huge discount because, hey, it won't be worth anything down the road. See, I have this crystal ball and needy pockets.


And while we`re at it, lets have a jury trial for the land Moe Young`s daddy took from the Loats bequeathment, that was intended to be used for orphaned girls. Handing a cash cow to out of town baseball profiteers.
It`s long past the time when this family of hands in developers pockets, career politicians were kicked to the curb and out of elected office.


Jill King: You say that a "majority" of the residents at Montevue and Citizens "never lived in this County." What is the source of your information?


The majority residing there? I worked there for 15 years and never saw even close to any times persons from out of area there of any notable numbers. And if they were, they were required to have family here to pay for it.
? not sure where that nonsense comes from.

jill king

Yes, now the County residents are going to be paying more taxes while this is waiting for trial.

There is no win in this, it is just delaying the inevitable. The County does not have to run a nursing home on the backs of Frederick County citizen taxes, for elderly who for the majority never lived in this County.


The fact is, Citizens kept alot of the other places in check. The standards were excellent. The care was excellent.
If you think a "private for profit" group is the way to go. I dare you to check into one and then let us know what you think
$3200.00 per month doesnt mean anything in that buissness. So in repsonse to your comments, yes middle class does not have bottomless pits of money. So good luck on finding a place to live

It is folish to dump these places in leiu of the up comming demands. Simply foolish.


The citizens of Frederick should be asked via ballot if we want to be in the senior care business. In my mind, there is absolutely no way that government can ever be efficient in provided services to anybody. So, why should the average middle class taxpayer be expected to take on a money losing proposition? After all, we the middle class do not have bottomless pockets!


The only "efficiency" in privatized health care or senior care, is the means by which the patients and staff are stripped of their care (in the first place) and their income (in the second). For-profit health care will always result in higher costs and limited results, because of the profit motive. Executives, owners, and bean counters rule, putting their interests above all.

With privatization, there is no accountability and lower pay for those who actually provide care. With government, the profits are not siphoned off by profiteers. The government, therefore, can pay higher salaries to obtain the best doctors, nurses and other necessary staff, all the while ensuring that they will remain on the job.


so, what's the color of the sky in your mind?

The fact is Government is in a lot of areas more efficient than the private sector. Medicare being the best example. Pre-ACA private insurance companies ran with a 15% or more Admin costs. Medicare, a mere 2%. It does not get more efficient than that.


Nice to know there are some people that Blaine can't buy-off. HAHAHAHA..Blaine Young..and yes thank you Teresa Adams.


Thank you, Judge Theresa M. Adams,
for letting Frederick County citizens decide this matter. That is the most excellent decision to make.

It allows Montevue and Citizens to be reviewed by the next boards of public officials.

It allows Montevue and Citizens to be one of the deciding factors for county citizens.

Finally, it places the final judgement of the land's uses on our peers, and not by a single political neophyte.


So, If this gets thru and the implied language of the deed is deemed NOT to convey soley for indigent use.
Then they can toss out the United States Constitution for the very same reason.
And then we can chuck the Bible out, which will halt our Judical system since we still use it in court.
This is so so stupid. Only yahoos from this county could vilify a deed intended soley for health and welfare.

Then the truck maintenence and animal rescue should be shut down also. AND the state run animal exam building.

Frederick county stole this property, clear and simple.


Any building on the property should pay a land usage fee, retroactive, to Citizens.
There's no harm to Citizens - if the fee is paid in full.

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