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March 14, 2014

Citizens and Montevue Again

Roy Meachum

The ball is in the city’s court; the GOP mayor and the mostly Democratic aldermen’s decision Monday guarantees return action. As a taxpayer in the middle of North Market Street, I’m fed up.


Residents of Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living must feel the same. They’ve hired a pretty good attorney to represent them, Leslie Powell. She has said: “This is a serious issue. It deserves serious consideration.”


Meta Nash, who heads the city’s Planning Commission that will decide everything, said: “she needed more time to look through the public testimony, specifically testimony that includes a county report that has analyzed the community’s needs,” according to Jen Bondeson, the excellent Frederick News-Post reporter.


The city Planning Commission approved the subdivision that would allow the county to sell the centers. Winchester Hall’s view remains the same. “But in November, the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals considered an appeal of the decision submitted by residents and voted to vacate the commission’s decision and remand it back to the commission for consideration,” Ms. Bondeson wrote.


The Board of County Commissioners, David Gray dissenting, voted in June to sell the properties to Aurora Health Management – the outfit that is managing the centers. The commissioners have now appealed the zoning board’s decision; the appeal will be heard in Circuit Court.


County Attorney John Matthias said the commission was correct in its decision to subdivide the land, according to Ms. Bondeson, and the plan does not comply with the city code. Mr. Mathias said that residents’ issues are important, “they are not subdivision issues.”


The villain with the curly, black moustache appears at this moment as Mr. Mathias. Of course, he may be providing cover for the county commissioners, too much afraid of the voters’ wrath.


Elections happen this year; County Commissioners’ President Blaine Young has figured on the job he wants. Democrat Jan Gardner stands in between. And David Gray should play nettlesome in the GOP primaries.


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