Bailer could not be reached for comment.
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She was before the commissioners Monday seeking funding for this purpose. She said she might need as much as $181,000 to rent the Oxford Comfort Inn.
“This is for people that are walking and talking, able to take care of themselves but who are experiencing symptoms or they may be waiting to see if they experience symptoms,” Bailer said. “This is not an infirmary, this is not a step-down hospital in any way.”
She said she had studied many options for these people and identified the hotel that could house these people on a temporary basis, but the price has gone up since she first introduced the idea.
“It was originally 20 rooms for 28 days, and now they have requested that we reserve the entire hotel, they’re not comfortable with just a portion of it,” she said Monday, adding a phone call to the hotel’s corporate office changed the game plan. “They were agreeing to close the rest of the hotel, but now they would like us to pay for the rest of the hotel. That’s a pretty significant change so we will continue to look at our options.”
The initial estimate from the Oxford Comfort Inn was $42,000, according to records obtained by the Journal-News. The lodging cost was $73,000 for 65 rooms for 28 days. The rest of the cost, $108,000 was for the county to provide staffing, security, cleaning, food and other incidentals.
Dixon said there are about 20 cots inside the Resolutions building, he expects there would be costs for staff, laundry, possible food.