Personal Care Homes Ordinance Causing Concern In Bryan

By: Daniel Armbruster Email
By: Daniel Armbruster Email

Bryan resident Anita Ramay says she lived across the street from what was The Rose Home, a former personal care home and says the experience was a nightmare.

"Just sheer torment for the entire time they were over there. The parking issue was just atrocious. There was also the issue with the trash where they just dumped everything in the garbage, so there were dirty diapers and there were needles. There were all kinds of things in the trash."

Ramay is concerned after the city's Planning and Zoning Commissioners voted unanimously to send an ordinance to the city council for approval, which if passed would allow personal care homes to operate in all residential districts of Bryan. Those with three patients would be required to obtain Conditional Use Permit from the city.

In a public hearing for the matter, former Mayor Lloyd Joyce voiced his opposition to the proposal.

"We do not operate businesses in residential neighborhoods."

However, business owners who run Personal Care Homes spoke to the commissioners as well, saying their businesses are safe and clean.

"You want to keep it a home setting,” said Toni Powers, business owner.

The city of Bryan doesn't have the best record when it comes to regulating Personal Care Homes. Former business owner, Rose Rodriguez is set to go to trial later this year after being accused of three counts of aggravated perjury, for allegedly lying under oath during a civil suit. Family members in the suit claimed a loved one received insufficient care at Rodriguez's facility.

Ramay says she and other have gone to the state asking for more regulation of Personal Care Homes to avoid similar situations, as News 3 has uncovered this was not an isolated incident.

Ramay says until the city actually regulates these homes, the patients are the ones will suffer the most. “We're not the victims. The people who lived in that house and had to deal with everything going on over there, those are the victims.”

The proposed ordinance passed Thursday night by the Bryan Planning and Zoning commissioners will still have to be approved by the city council before it becomes law.


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