County Commissioner Kirby Delauter said he was surprised by the rudeness of the crowd at Tuesday’s public hearing on the sale of the county-owned nursing home and assisted living center.
“They acted like a bunch of school kids that were out of control,” Delauter said at Thursday’s commissioners meeting. “It’s ridiculous when you get a mob that comes out and just tries to intimidate people. I won’t be intimidated.”
For instance, as Commissioner Paul Smith was trying to explain his support for privatizing Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living, the noisy audience drowned him out, Delauter said. Delauter also said it was hypocritical for supporters of former county commissioners Kai Hagen and Jan Gardner to act out in the public hearing.
“Their group is supposed to be a tolerant group that accepts the rule of law,” Delauter said. “They only like the process when it’s their process.”
County officials convene beachside
Several Frederick County officials headed to Ocean City earlier this week for the annual Maryland Municipal League convention.
Commissioners President Blaine Young said he went to the beach Sunday with Delauter and returned Monday. Shreve met up with fellow board members in Ocean City.
David Dunn, commissioners liaison, also attended the four-day convention.
The county is covering $500 of Dunn’s $614 hotel bill, and he is paying the remainder, along with his mileage and meals, he reported.
None of the commissioners are receiving county reimbursement for their travels.
Though part of the trip was for business, the commissioners had time for some fun, too, if Facebook pictures are any indication.
One online photo showed a human pyramid of commissioners in swim trunks, with Delauter and Young as the base, Shreve in the middle, and Young’s son at the top. Another picture was of Delauter and Young holding aloft Shreve as he digs in the sand with a toy shovel.
To counteract any perception that the group constituted a quorum in violation of the Open Meetings Act, Young wrote in the photo caption that the three commissioners were not discussing county business.
Dunn did not appear in the pictures. Neither did Commissioners David Gray nor Paul Smith, who did not attend the convention.
Middletown, Burkittsville leaders endorse Brown
The burgess of Middletown and mayor of Burkittsville are two of the 70 state municipal leaders who have declared their support for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s gubernatorial campaign.
The endorsements for Brown’s Democratic ticket were announced this week at a news conference in Ocean City and in a subsequent news release.
“I’m honored to have the support of 70 of Maryland’s hardest working municipal leaders and look forward to working with them to build a better Maryland,” Brown said in the release.
Commissioners meetings move to summer schedule
There is no county commissioners meeting on the agenda for next week due to the July Fourth holiday.
For the months of July and August, the commissioners will move to a summer schedule that will have them gathering every other week. The meetings will be on July 11, July 25, Aug. 8 and Aug. 22.
The normal weekly meeting schedule will resume Aug. 29.
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