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The Telegram
  • Legislature to amend Country Manor resolution

  • The Herkimer County Legislature is expected to vote Wednesday to amend a resolution pertaining to the sale of the Country Manor premises to Advanced Healthcare Management. According to the resolution, Resolution No. 221 of 2012 did not contain “specific recitation that the real and personal property which c...
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  • The Herkimer County Legislature is expected to vote Wednesday to amend a resolution pertaining to the sale of the Country Manor premises to Advanced Healthcare Management.
    According to the resolution, Resolution No. 221 of 2012 did not contain “specific recitation that the real and personal property which constitute the Country Manor premises are no longer necessary for public use, although it did recite various public policy reasons to approve the sale of the premises, and although the Legislature had made such a determination prior to the passage of that resolution.”
    “The purpose of this resolution is to strengthen the question of if the property is needed for county use,” county Administrator James Wallace said in an email Tuesday afternoon.
    “We believe it was included in the first resolution, but this resolution clarifies that,” he added.
    The amendment states “it is the determination of this Legislature that the real and personal property which constitute the Country Manor premises are no longer necessary for public use.”
    The wording will be added to two clauses in Resolution No. 221 of 2012.
    In September 2012, the legislature voted 13 - 3, with one abstention, to move forward with the sale of the adult care facility on state Route 28 in the town of Herkimer.
    For years, the county has attempted to downsize or sell County Manor because of what officials say are increasing operating costs and dwindling state funds. The offer with Advanced Healthcare Management would allow the business to purchase the facility for $335,000 over a five-year term.
    Despite a state rejection of an application for 80 assisted-living beds for Country Manor, county officials last month said the sale of the adult home still is going through.
    In his email sent Tuesday, Wallace confirmed Advanced Healthcare Management is moving forward with their certificate of need application with the state Department of Health.
    He said he spoke to company officials a few weeks ago and “they’re moving forward.”
    Wallace previously said Advanced Healthcare has until June 1 to get all the paperwork submitted.
    The legislature will meet Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the legislative chambers of the county office building at 109 Mary St., Herkimer.

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