More money wasted by the Commandante Lina Hidalgo & her crew.
Remember how some public health experts predicted that the Emergency Rooms would be so overwhelmed that a new makeshift, temporary hospital was necessary.
None of that materialized and now we are left with tens of millions of dollars in waste.
The facility, with a potential price tag of $60 million, was designed by Garner Environmental Services, a Deer Park company, to help with a surge of coronavirus patients at the Texas Medical Center. But that surge never materialized and the facility sits empty right now.
Construction on the temporary medical shelter began just over two weeks ago and was finished in a matter of days. It features 250 beds and is equipped to handle an influx of COVID-19 patients....
Channel 2 Investigated obtained the full contract between the county and Garner Environmental Services.
Among some of the items in it, we found highly compensated personnel ranging from:
-Various safety officers receiving day rates of $2,875, $2,300 and $2,012
-A finance section chief at $2,875 a day
-Two public information officers at $2012 a day, even though the contract states “contact with the news media, citizens of Harris County or governmental agencies shall be the responsibility of the county.”
... Harris County’s bill could be closer to $17 million and with the federal government pledging to reimburse 75% of the cost, county taxpayers could be on the hook for only $4.25 million.
How much of the money went to politically connected donors?