As followers of the FIPNA blog know, the state has taken away Helen Sieger’s operating license, and is in the process of putting the nursing home in receivership, giving the current caretaker, clearer authority over the KHRCC. (See February 13, 2009 post on this blog).
The facility is interested in formalizing the use of the side lot as a parking lot. We impressed upon them the importance of minimizing the light and noise impact on the immediate neighbors, and they were amenable to our concerns.
They are also interested in fixing up the vacant home owned by CG Limited Partners (a corporation controlled by the Tenenbaum Family Trust, which also owns the property on which the nursing home sits) for use as office space. It is not clear what permits or permission the nursing home would need to do this. We said that we think it is very important that the plywood be removed soon, as it is unsightly, and that we’d be happy to talk further about the house being used for something, rather than have it sit vacant.
We expressed our hope that the nursing home would soon have a contract with its workers; discussions are ongoing. Some of the workers unfairly fired by Helen Sieger have been rehired.
We also raised some of the issues we have with the nursing home:
- Garbage trucks coming after 11 p.m.
- Garbage trucks spilling sludge on the street
- The noise and smell of the generator
- Delivery trucks which sometimes block traffic
Mr. Zarett spoke to the garbage removal company about the truck schedule, and has promised to look into the other issues.
Our conversation was a very good beginning to what we hope will be a positive relationship. Of course, the proof is in actions, not in words. Mr. Zarett said the nursing home wants to be a good neighbor to us, and we can see that the plywood has already been removed from the house as we requested.