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Update To “Show Me The Money”

May 14th, 2020 by editor · No Comments

If you recall yesterday, your intrepid editors reviewed the St Louis County Covid19 expenditures website.  We figured if the Chair of the County Council didn’t want it reviewed then clearly someone should look into things.  We found it rather odd that the county was paying a hotel and reached out to the county for some answers.  Miracle of all miracles we received a response.

Thank you for your question. The County has secured space in a hotel that is used by first responders, the general public, and unhoused clients of the Department of Human Services.  All occupants in the hotel are quarantined pending a COVID test result or isolated after a positive result because they are unable to isolate at home.  No one is allowed to stay once a negative result has been determined, keeping the facility as “COVID only” and within the parameters of the federal Stafford and CARES acts. The specific transaction you have identified is in the “commitments” section of our transparency portal – it is a change to the purchase order with the hotel.  To-date, spending for this purpose is $596,432.61.

Paul Kreidler

Director of Performance Management & Budget

We thank Mr Kreidler for the prompt response.  I wonder if anyone knew if they couldn’t isolate at home then the county would pay for them to isolate at a hotel.

 

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