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The Telegram
  • Country Manor transfer delayed

  • Country Manor will remain in the hands of Herkimer County — at least through September.

    County legislators voted last week during a joint committee meeting of the Human Resources and Ways and Means committees to extend the contract with Advanced Healthcare Management and allow it to take over the adult care home on Sept. 30, rather than June 1, like originally stipulated.

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  • Country Manor will remain in the hands of Herkimer County — at least through September.
    County legislators voted last week during a joint committee meeting of the Human Resources and Ways and Means committees to extend the contract with Advanced Healthcare Management and allow it to take over the adult care home on Sept. 30, rather than June 1, like originally stipulated.
    The delay is due to pending litigation officials hope will be resolved by then, and the fact that the county is waiting to hear from the state Department of Health on an assisted living bed application.
    Legislators agreed in March to resubmit an application for 80 assisted-living beds at the facility on state Route 28 in Herkimer.
    The county first submitted an application to the Department of Health for a certificate of need for 80 assisted-living beds on behalf of Advanced Healthcare Management in 2012, but the request was denied earlier this year.
    Officials said the state advised the county to resubmit the application and add some clarification.
    The litigation involves a complaint Civil Service Employees Association Unit No. 7100 filed against the county in mid-January asserting the county hasn’t demonstrated there’s not a need for the adult home.
    The legislature in February voted to amend the resolution to sell Country Manor. The amendment specified the property is “no longer needed for public use.”
    The sale of Country Manor to Advanced Healthcare was approved in September 2012. The offer allows the business to purchase the facility for $335,000 over a five-year term, but the purchase price decreases each year Country Manor remains open. If it remains open for five years or more, Advanced Healthcare would owe the county nothing. The county also has to pay the business a transition fee of $18,000 per month during the first year of purchase.
    In other business:
    • A motion to pay about $33,000 in fees for special prosecution in the Fiberdyne case was defeated 4 - 3 in the Ways and Means Committee with two absentees accounting for two of the no votes. It was instead decided county Attorney Robert Malone would pursue informal and potentially formal negotiations if the matter can’t be settled out of court.
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