BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF —
The recent decision by Grey County Councils Committee of the Whole to proceed with the sale of Grey Gables has sparked outrage and condemnation from the Save Grey Gables community group on facebook.
The group has grown into a force of over 1,500 members in the short three months since forming in May. It’s unclear where the fight to keep the long term care facility in Markdale will go from here.
The decision still needs to be ratified at a future meeting of council but it seems likely that nothing will prevent what many see as the inevitable demise of the facility.
The Committee of the Whole vote was held on May 25 with a full room of Grey Gables supporters in attendance. Grey Highlands Council did not support the sale of the Markdale facility.
A report commissioned by Grey County Council and made public a year ago recommended that Grey Gables remain in Markdale and 100 beds should be added. The report was intended to present recommendations for fiscal prudence by a third party consultancy firm.
According to the report prepared by Sienna Living Inc., the movement of 100 beds from Rockwood Terrace to Grey Gables and closing the Rockwood Terrace facility was the best option and would result in a reduction to the annual levy paid by the county by a minimum of $272,000. The committees recent decision goes against that recommendation. The full report can be found here: https://docs.grey.ca/share/s/oMv83_WPTrqL3psBtKCS2g.
Photo credit: Patricia Ellingwood
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