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The Times
  • Settlement agreement reached with At Home Care

  • The Herkimer County Legislature Wednesday evening was expected to vote to terminate an agreement with At Home Care.

    The legislature in March 2011 authorized the sale of the county’s operating certificate of a certified home health agency and long-term care agency to the Bassett Healthcare Network affiliate and received a $50,000 deposit, with a balance due of $150,000.

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  • The Herkimer County Legislature Wednesday evening was expected to vote to terminate an agreement with At Home Care.
    The legislature in March 2011 authorized the sale of the county’s operating certificate of a certified home health agency and long-term care agency to the Bassett Healthcare Network affiliate and received a $50,000 deposit, with a balance due of $150,000.
    Due to a change in regulations governing certified home health agencies and long-term care agencies, At Home Care is no longer interested in pursuing the purchase, according to the resolution that was scheduled to be voted on Wednesday evening.
    At Home Care Chief Executive Officer Laurie Neander previously said Bassett decided it no longer was worth pursuing the certificate to provide services when the company already had its own, adding many patients had been absorbed into existing programs.
    According to the terms of the settlement agreement, At Home Care will pay the county the balance of the purchase price of $150,000 and upon payment, the business agreements will be terminated and the county and At Home Care will release each other from any further claims in connection with the agreements.
    The county legislature previously approved a resolution to close its certified home health and long-term care agencies. The programs were terminated on Feb. 13.
    Also on Wednesday, the legislature was expected to pass a resolution in opposition to the passage of legislation to allow early voting in primary general and special elections.
    According to the resolution, the bill would allow early voting to take place 14 days before a general election and up to a week before a primary or special election, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on every early voting day, including Saturday and Sunday.
    County boards of election would be required to select a minimum of five polling places throughout each county and provide election inspectors at each location.
    “There will be substantial costs associated with staffing early voting locations, and printing and county paper ballots associated with early voting,” the resolution reads.
    If the legislation is signed into law, the resolution that was to be voted on calls on the state to “fully fund the cost of early voting for those counties that provide early voting.”
    The legislature was also expected to declare the month of May to be Mayday for Mandate Relief in the county to raise awareness that decisions made in Albany have a direct impact on the property tax levy and local community services in Herkimer County, according to the resolution which calls on the governor and state legislature to work to enact “meaningful mandate relief” and to enact “legislation preventing future unfunded mandates without corresponding state aid to pay for them.”
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