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Holyoke officials continue to tackle closing of Geriatric Authority

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Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse postponed his State of the City address Tuesday to hold a special meeting with City Council to discuss the closing of the Geriatric Authority.

Forty-one patients remain at the facility, some private payers, others Medicare residents.

All of them are in need of a new place to call home by May 13 when the facility will close its doors for good.

"The buildings are going to be sold off at some point and be sold off as empty buildings or property," said James Brunault, who's on the Geriatric Authority Board. 

Morse hopes to sell the property to another nursing home but told the City Council Tuesday night that he will not limit the options for the property.

Who will purchase the authority and where patients will go after it closes were just some of the many questions on the table.

"We want to make sure the council understands the severity of the issue, again to put out an RFP, to officially sell the property, we are going to need to work hand in hand with the council and like I told the council, I can't do it unilaterally. We are going to need to work together," Morse said. 

Morse told the City Council Tuesday evening that workers at the facility will not get paid after this week.

He's currently working to get a receiver to keep money coming in until closing.

"We got indication, we didn't get formal approval, but we had the first indication that the Department of Public Health would be willing to assist the Geriatric Authority to make it financially to the closure date," Morse said. 

If that receiver is secured, money will be brought in to feed and care for patients and pay workers until closing day.

CBS 3 Springfield will keep you updated on this ongoing process as it unfolds.

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