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March 7, 2013

Manor plan inches ahead amid outcry

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Fred Culbert, husband of Maureen Culbert, said the more than 2,000 people who have signed a Save the Manor petition are spread throughout the county. Citing a review of the residences of those people, he said, “Please don’t tell me everyone wants the county to sell the Manor.”

Sam Wilcox, a retired social worker from Cooperstown, told the representatives they have not spent enough time researching ways that could potentially solve the Manor’s financial woes.

“Many of us question your rush to vote on this issue,” he said.

Middlefield Town Supervisor Dave Bliss urged the county representatives to lobby Albany for a better reimbursement rate for caring for the Manor patients. Even if the county decides it can no longer manage the home, he said, the county should continue to keep ownership of the building because, were it to be sold, the county would no longer have any say in what happens at the facility.

Griffin emphasized in an interview that the county board has made no final decision on how it will address the Manor’s financial predicament.

“We intend to put everything out before the public before any final decision is made,” Griffin said.

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