The problem is that we know what we have with county ownership, but we do not know what we will get with divestiture, the fear rhetoric notwithstanding. A private owner has certain flexibilities of management not available to the county and not necessarily to the detriment of the residents.
The establishment of a Limited Development Corporation has been discussed to relieve the board of the process of a direct sale. While the board may well delegate the authority to an LDC, it cannot delegate the responsibility. In the final analysis, any sale of Otsego Manor, the ensuing quality-of-care issues, and the welfare of the employees (most of whom are county residents) will rest with the County Board of Representatives, a legacy that cannot be escaped.
Unlike Pontius Pilate, the Board cannot wash its collective hands of the disposition of Otsego Manor.
William Dornburgh is a Cooperstown resident.