Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner said attorneys continue working on an agreement returning two long-term care facilities to county control, and it will take more time before details can be announced.
On Oct. 9, Gardner announced an “agreement in principle” with Aurora Holdings VII, the private company contracted to run the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living by the former Board of County Commissioners. She hoped to release details of the agreement within a month, but that timeline was perhaps too short, Gardner said Monday.
“I think 30 days might have been a little aggressive or optimistic on our part,” she said. “We don't have everything finalized yet.”
Two cases in state court have been stayed, and attorneys said they believed all paperwork could be completed by Feb. 1.
A case in U.S. District Court in Baltimore filed by Aurora to stop Gardner from exerting eminent domain to retain rights to the centers was dismissed, but it could be reopened if the settlement agreement fails.
— Danielle E. Gaines