Citizens were able to voice their opinion on whether or not the council should approve a proposed ordinance which would allow personal care homes to operate in your neighborhood.
Cindy Stoughton's mother lives at home, but just not hers.
"She's at a place where they know who she is. There are not 15 patients to one aid. There are two patients in that home and a maximum of three,” said Stoughton.
Stoughton is talking about personal care homes. Several of them are weaved throughout residential areas in Bryan. The homes have no more than three elderly or disabled people who are cared for 24/7.
"There have been bad homes and there will be, but that's where the people that put their family there need to be around and see what's around,” said Stoughton.
"If the proposed changes of the ordinance are approved, in my opinion, matters will only get worse. Abuse can easily happen in the facility with no license or requirements, and a subsequent lack of control,” said a resident opposed to the proposed ordinance.
The ordinance would not require these homes to have a license, the owners would have to just register at no cost.
"Registration in anyway doesn't constitute compliance with a minimum standard of care,” said another citizen opposed to the ordinance.
The Planning and Zoning Commission and city staff recommend the ordinance which would allow these homes to be in any residential district in the city. The ordinance would also limit the amount of vehicles and signs at and around the personal care facility. This requirement would be to not only blend in better with other houses in the neighborhood, but provide a homely environment for people like Stoughton's mom.
"This is the place I wanted to bring my mom for her to have her last days--happy, quiet and nice care,” said Stoughton.
The city council decided to keep things the way they are. Personal care homes will still have to get a permit through the Planning and Zoning Commission.