Facebook Group Aiming to Save Muskingum County Home

by WHIZ Reporter on June 11, 2012 at 6:34 am

The announcement that the Muskingum County Home is going to close is bringing out a lot of emotions from area residents.

One area woman is using Facebook as one way to try to keep that from happening.

Tracey Blevins said her father, Larry Gibson, who suffers from Alzheimer’s is a resident of the home.

Blevins created the Facebook page, "Save the County Home."

She said since voters decided to keep the county home open by passing an operating levy in 2010, the commissioners need to honor that decision.

"We made that decision to keep this operating. Who are you to to tell us that our decision doesn’t matter? I mean, it’s questions like that, that I want answered and like I said until I get them, I’m not backing down," said Blevins.

Muskingum County Commissioner Jerry Lavy said the levy, which runs until 2015, will not be billed to tax payers after the end of the year.

He added that investing over $3 Million on a home that the county does not own is irresponsible spending of taxpayer dollars.

"This was a very difficult decision. This was not made on a whim," said Lavy.  "This has been going on since 2004, and this board has discussed and has looked at all angles to see a way that we could keep that facility open, but it goes back to my statement originally, we do not own the building, so therefore we can not continue to put more taxpayer dollars into that building to keep it up and running."

Tracy Blevins said she has not met with the Commissioners to discuss the closure but the Commissioners say they invite her to make an appointment with them.

The Commissioners say that they will also be contacting their attorney to discuss other claims made by Blevins.

The county home is set to close at the end of next month.