Discussing Gracedale, AFSCME representative Justice James, on behalf of AFSCME's membership, addressed Council seeking a sincere unified working relationship with County Council, the County Administration, and all other interested parties. What he received was open arms.
The union rep asked County Council to pass a resolution providing Gracedale more time beyond the five years afforded to Gracedale by the voice of the people through the power of a referendum vote. When the resolution matter actually came up, there was much discussion, civil debate, and a vote was taken. The resolution passed 8-1. The only "no" vote was Councilperson Hayden Phillips. He very respectfully stated that he did not oppose the resolution, just that he did not see it as meaningful. Mr. James agreed that resolutions don't mean hoo-hah, however, he suggested that it would send the correct message to the taxpayers and the voters of the county - Gracedale will remain where she is, in County hands.
The Coalition of Alzheimer's Families met after the council meeting, as we usually do, to discuss our thoughts about the meeting. Needless to say, we are very pleased with the actions taken, and the new direction our ship is headed in.
We, The People dedicate April 16, 2015 to the memory of all of our loved ones who have gone home to the Father since the Gracedale battle began. Also to our good friend and sister, Margaret (Peggy) DeLasandro, who must be overwhelmed with joy in heaven, over the results produced by our new governing body.
Working together - A new future!