It's a reimbursement for assistance in renovating Montevue & Citizens.
The check is in the mail. The Frederick County Commissioners announced on Thursday that $200,000 has been sent to the Executive Secretary of the Maryland Board of Public Works. That was the amount of money provided to the county by the state in the form of a bond to help pay for the renovations to the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and the Montevue Assisted Living Center.
The Commissioners in June, after a lengthy public hearing where most citizens testified in opposition, agreed to sell the two facilities to Aurora Health Care Management.
"The Board has requested that the BPW provide its prior written consent to sell the facilities as provided in paragraph 13 of the grant agreement. As authorized by state law, the Board seeks to sell the facilities and apply the proceeds to retire the County debt issued in connection with them," says the letter. "The Department of General Services has recommended that the BPW approve the sale and allow the County to retain the sale proceeds."
The Board of Public Works has postponed a decision on whether to approve the sale. The Board consists of the Governor, Comptroller and State Treasurer.
A lawsuit has been filed to block the sale of the property. The plaintiffs claim that any sale must be approved by the Citizens and Montevue Board of Trustees, and it also violates the covenants the County entered into when it acquired the property in the 19th century. No court date has been set.
Commissioners' President Blaine Young says he would like the sale to be completed by December.