The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.
Legal wrangling continues to drag out the official handover of the former Essex County-owned Horace Nye nursing facility to the NYC-based Centers for Specialty Care (CSC), county attorney Daniel Manning told lawmakers Monday, March 3.
Since early-February, the two sides have been negotiating a resolution to issues involving the septic system and sewage pits as a result of the detection of some contaminants.
“We’re still going back and forth between CSC’s engineers to see what needs to be done,” said Manning. “They’re being very strict.”
The septic tanks at the renamed Essex Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare drain into 13 seepage pits ranging in volume from 2,500 to 5,000 gallons. Sometimes solid sediments go into the pits and collect.
CSC needed assurance that the groundwater hadn’t been contaminated by these sentiments, most of which were medical byproducts.
A resolution passed by the board on Feb. 6 set aside $75,000 from the $4.05 million sale to pump out the pits if necessary, said Manning, something that officials hoped could be done after the closing, a date that now remains frustratingly elusive.
Some of that $75,000 is now being use to pay per diem costs of $50 per hour for the one physical therapist and two occupational therapists who are now tasked with working with the center’s residents.
Those services, once facilitated weekly by a contractual agreement with Elizabethtown Community General, are no longer being provided.
According to CSC’s website, the facility is still seeking to fill five positions: a physical therapist and assistant PTA, an occupational therapist and assistant and a nursing home HR generalist.
The board voted unanimously Monday, March 3, on a resolution to facilitate those payments backdating from Feb 1 until Monday, March 10.
“It’s very frustrating,” said Manning. “But everything else is in place.”