Frederick County has mailed a $200,000 check to the state, but it is unclear what Maryland officials will do with it.

County leaders have said the payment, sent via certified mail earlier this week, will free them up to sell Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living without state permission.

The proposed sale had come before the Maryland Board of Public Works because the state contributed about $200,000 to build the county-owned centers. Repaying the money releases the county from the grant agreement that required local officials to seek state approval, the county asserts.

“They don’t have anything to do with the sale,” Frederick County Commissioners President Blaine Young said of state officials.

County commissioners voted on the check and accompanying correspondence Sept. 5 in a closed session. Commissioner David Gray said he opposed the grant repayment but was overruled by the other four board members.

Gray and Sonja Sperlich, a vocal opponent of the sale, think the decision should have been made in public view.

County attorney John Mathias said the commissioners did not have to vote on the check in an open meeting because it related to legal discussions with staff.

Both Gray and Sperlich also question whether the grant repayment takes the state out of the picture.

“I hope to God it doesn’t,” said Sperlich, former chairwoman of the now-disbanded board of trustees for Citizens and Montevue.

The state’s public works board — made up of the governor, comptroller and treasurer — last month postponed a decision on the facility sales until the resolution of legal challenges to the transaction.

If the $30 million sale to Aurora Health Management proceeds without the state’s sign-off, the public works board could find that the county had breached its 2011 grant agreement. However, the only penalty for a default would be requiring the county to return the grant money, Mathias said.

By sending the check to Annapolis, the county is simply volunteering the refund in advance, he said.

Mathias said Thursday he had not yet received a response from the state.

The county’s correspondence reached the public works board Thursday, according to a staff member.

Gregory Bedward, the board’s general counsel, said the development is under review and could not comment on how the state would respond to the check.

Young noted that the Maryland Department of General Services, which issued the grant, had recommended that the public works board approve the Citizens and Montevue sale. While state officials previously mentioned that the grant funding to the county totaled only $191,000, Young said the check included an additional $9,000 to satisfy the agreement with the state.

The county’s special projects manager said the Citizens and Montevue sale should be finalized before the year’s end.

Follow Bethany Rodgers on Twitter: @BethRodgersFNP.

(24) comments

KellyAlzan

Oh. My. God. This man, Ba'Lane Young is out of control.

The money/real property that Aurora is kicking back to Ba'Lane is so large that he can not control his quest to get his hands on it.

FNP Staff - have you called Aurora Executives and asked them how much the kickback is and what the terms are?

Remember the PG County executive who's wife was caught flushing thousands and thousands of dollars down the toilet?

If fed investigators were to follow Ba'Lane everywhere he goes for the next 12 months...I bet they will see Ba'Lane drive somewhere far and make a pick up of some sort.


fourstoogesandthatotherguy_the

What online university did the county attorney get his law degree from? Has this ambulance chaser ever told Moe Young no?

teabiscuit

"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain....I, the great and powerful Oz have spoken!"

dbjanda1

I see Blaine is acting like that publicity whore Justin Bieber...You're both NO-TALENTS but at least Bieber spends his own money and Blaine spends taxpayer funds...Blaine you're NO Justin Bieber...Live with it...Me

elymus43

Is Blaine still going to run cor County Executive after this mess????????

jerseygrl42

the four clowns are at it again..this bunch acts like juvenile delinquents throwing taxpayer money around like toilet paper ...and all this to take care of Aurora...wonder why....need to remember these ridiculous transgressions in Non , 2014 when we vote these unprofessionals OUT!

MCEDDE21

“They don’t have anything to do with the sale,” Young said. Really? Section 13 of the State of Maryland Capital Projects Grant Agreement (the controlling document) says, "Neither the Grantee nor Beneficiary may sell, lease, exchange, give away or otherwise transfer or dispose of any interest in the real or personal property... unless the BPW gives prior written consent." The BPW rejected Young's payment offer at the meeting of August 21. I’m not a lawyer but I don’t see how the simple writing of a check would obviate this plainly stated requirement for the state’s prior written consent, a consent which has not been granted.

armillary

Title insurance is bought
by buyers, so they don't get caught
to protect them from grief
if the seller's a thief
you can't buy it while lawsuits are fought.

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armillary

Not everyone has 500 friends.

Ghost of Yogi

This election can't come soon enough. Time is ticking away from Mr. Young.

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watson4sherlock

Blaine is a traitor to Frederick County.

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watson4sherlock

When the county no longer owns the nursing facilities, Frederick County residents will not have a priority and it will fill up with people on Medicaid from other counties. No place are any Frederick County residents to go. Not even you and your family.

Still cost tax payer money just the same. Why didn't you tell Blaine to hire a consulting company with experience in running nursing facilities? Blaine flushes 140 years of tradition down the loo.

fourstoogesandthatotherguy_the

Why are The Stooges so worried about this deal going through? It's really very simple. Aurora can't complete their bribe/kickback payments until they receive all their money upon the closing of this sale.

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Sanker

And why should you be allowed to continue to post comments as you do?

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Sanker

How exactly is this a "threatening" message?

MCEDDE21

At the August 24 Board of Public Works meeting, Young stated that he no longer wanted the state to forgive the $200K debt, as originally requested. He pulled an envelope from his jacket pocket and offered to repay the money, saying, "I've got the check right here!" Then, he holds a secret meeting two weeks later to authorize it? Marvelous!

usgov

If you believe seniors that are unable to pay 5k a month for care are disposable more than likely you're a republican.

jerseygrl42

your comment is totally unnecessary and quite inaccurate

LucyLucy

Blaine is that new kind of stupid you've heard about and were not sure exactly what it was..well now you know what the new kind of stupid is...

armillary

Blaine claims that he sent back the check
but the lawsuits still hang 'round his neck
and the fear they'll be burned
when the sale's overturned
for Aurora makes this deal a wreck.

armillary

Blaine cries that his will can't be thwarted
and he won't let his sale be aborted
somehow he forgot
BPW is not
like the dancers with which he has cavorted.

watson4sherlock

Brillant!

NASCARLOVER

Kenye may want to use your lyrics in his latest single.[wink]

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