Vote set on Citizens, Montevue land next week

This aerial photo taken in 2012 shows the Montevue Assisted Living and Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center at the top of the photo.

Frederick County commissioners could be forced to take a step backward in their mission to privatize Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living facility.

The city of Frederick’s Zoning Board of Appeals is to make a final decision Nov. 26 on whether the city’s Planning Commission was justified in May when it approved the county’s request to subdivide the centers’ land.

The county asked to split the 41-acre site into two parcels — one with Citizens and Montevue, and the other with the remaining buildings. The land must be subdivided to move forward with the sale of the centers.

After the Planning Commission voted to subdivide the land, commissioners voted to privatize the centers.

A planned sale to Millersville-based Aurora Health Management is not yet final.

The plan has faced staunch opposition from residents and members of the center’s former board of trustees, who think the centers are better off as public entities serving low-income residents.

The board of trustees was dissolved in June when the county commissioners voted to sell the two facilities.

One former board member and two residents appealed the Planning Commission’s decision, saying that the commission should have considered the intent of the subdivision and how the county’s plan for the land would affect city residents.

When the zoning board first considered the case in October, Chairman Jim Racheff and other members said they thought the Planning Commission made mistakes when considering the subdivision.

The commission should have considered the effect of the subdivision, Racheff said.

The zoning board held off on voting on the issue until members could draft a formal decision.

Racheff’s comments left Sonja Sperlich and Don Linton, formerly of the Citizens/Montevue board, feeling hopeful, they said.

“Of course, you never know until the verdict is rendered, but, oh, that would be super fantastic (if it were reversed),” Sperlich said.

Linton thought the zoning board’s conversation was thorough, he said.

“I thought they had discussed it very well,” he said. “I give them credit for being very intelligent.”

John Mathias, the county’s attorney, said he is hopeful that the zoning board “will follow the law and simply affirm the decision.”

Subdividing the land should be a simple process, and if the county has to go to court to make it happen, it will, he said.

If the zoning board reverses the Planning Commission’s decision, the county has the option of appealing to Frederick County Circuit Court.

The county could also file a new application for the subdivision for the Planning Commission to consider.

When asked what the county would do if the decision was reversed, County Commissioners President Blaine Young said he did not anticipate that would happen.

“I don’t want to speculate on that,” he said. “It is a very simple and routine application. It has become political.”

The city attorneys and city staff understand, as can be seen in the city’s staff report, Young said.

Young still hopes the county can finalize the sale of the land by the end of the year, he said, although the city’s case is holding the sale up.

Sperlich and Linton said they are looking forward to next Tuesday’s hearing.

“We are waiting with bated breath, and, of course, once the decision is rendered, we are going to be waiting again,” Sperlich said. “It would serve the citizens and all parties involved if the decision is rendered and both parties could agree with the decision and move on.”

Follow Jen Bondeson on Twitter: @Jen_Bondeson.

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Kelly---They both drift towards whatever makes themselves money...I think they call them 'political whores'...They're streetwalkers of a different kind...Me


I knew all along Patruck had nothing. He gott mad when I questioned him online. I'm certain it was a hoax that he and Ba'Lane conjured up so Ba'Lane could get info on FNP commentors


I wouldn't say he had nothing. But nothing Blaine does raises eyebrows anymore. He's Frederick county's own Rob Ford.

Patrick's biggest mistake was grandstanding. So it's no surprise that other grandstanders have attacked him. And continue to even now. Know what I mean?

Patrick has a nice column on the Tentacle, one of the few liberal leaning ones.


Armillary, 2 things:

1) I am not a politician. How am I grandstanding? Please explain.

2) Someone commenting on the FNP comments via the user name of 'Patrick' is the one with all the claims. Not me. Not you. Not Dennis. Not Watsonforsherlock. But Patrick. He is the one that spent all this time with questionable baloney. He is the one that announced all these claims. Claims so serious that Ba'Lane belongs in cuffs. But if they were so serious - WHY ON EARTH would Patrick make them public and give Ba'Lane the opportunity to come up with answers?? Patrick claimed to be so freakin sneaky, yet if he was really as slick as he wanted us to believe - then he would have gone straight to the authorities instead of the FNP comments. I'm certain Ba'Lane was in on this, so certain, that I bet Patrick and Ba'Lane are having drinks together as I type.

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I guess we are seeing he really didn't have anything.


well said and she is standing up for her constituency...with the exception of Kathy and Del. Hough, the public is left to fend for itself while the rest look to feather their own nests at taxpayer expense.....


unfortunately the puppeteers will pull the strings and puppets will sing their favorite all about the money folks


When the Board of Appeals has reversed
the subdivision decision accursed
Blaine's efforts to trash
the poor to raise cash
will be tossed in the ashcan headfirst.


Hopefully the Zoning Board of Appeals will see the errors in this whole situation and agree not to subdivide the property, giving Blaine and the BoCC another set back. Aurora Health Management might just see the deal is dead in the water and withdraw it's bid.


Jan would've at least given it a chance to make them profitable instead of hitting the panic button like Blaine and having a firesale and selling everything for a loss...And the BoCC call themselves businessmen, for who ???...


monkey business unfortunately


Ummm...keeping them is the loss, not selling them

Left alone, in approx. 2 more years or so, it would've been breaking even, or possibly even already turning a "profit", which would've been put back into the operation, as it is to be a non-profit.
Other projects, under Blaine, such as paying for frivolous attorney fees do nothing, but strap the citizens to a mountain of debt. I heard he is trying for an MBA from the Mount ~ I wonder who is writing his papers for him (espec. in law and ethics courses?).


"Big Spender" Blaine Young is forcing the sale of the nursing home assets, including the land and future payments to the buyer at a huge $20-30 million dollar loss to taxpayers.

This is yet another example of Blaine Young's brutal assault on Frederick County taxpayers. He raised our taxes with the fire tax shift, he's giving away infrastructure to developers, he's trying to eliminate the impact fee, etc. It's all one big fat finger in the eye of you and me who have to pay the bill for all his spending.

I don't recall his campaign three years ago mentioning anything about nailing taxpayers.


Why didn't the Board sell to a non-profit?


Because then they couldn't make a profit!!!!!!! Crooked is as crooked does!!!!





Thank God.


Let's just hope those aren't the only two choices.


She will save us.


Why dont the City and County administration learn from Minneapolis? that is where all the rental licsencing developed and look at how they are now rated top in the Nation.
Why dont the city and county administration want the citizens here to live better, I dont understand why they hate everyone so much

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Another advertiser - yawn


If Moe Young says jump, county attorney Mathias asks "how high?". His law degree must be from DeVry University or Lincoln Tech. (" John Mathias, the county’s attorney, said he is hopeful that the zoning board “will follow the law and simply affirm the decision.” ")

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