University-owned apartments OKed for quarantine

Hays County Commissioners approved an agreement June 30 with Texas State University to allow for locations for the county’s first responders to quarantine because of COVID-19, should that become necessary.

The agenda item, requested by Chief of Staff and Emergency Management Coordinator Alex Villalobos, involves the use of 18 one-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom apartments in Building #6 at Bobcat Village on Aquarena Springs Drive in San Marcos.

The county will pay the university $35 per night per bedroom actually used. Apartments are full furnished with a double bed, desk and desk chair, sofa and side chair, kitchen seating and a full “appliance package” of a stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, washer and dryer.” The agreement does not include the use of dining services, security, housekeeping or maintenance. — nor does it include kitchen accessories like dishware, silverware, pots and pans and cleaning products or pillows, linens, towels or other bedding.

The contract stipulates that the units will be cleaned prior to first responder occupancy, however there will be no cleaning during the first responder’s stay or until 24 hours after he or she has vacated the apartment. Units can be made available again in 72 hours of vacancy.

Occupants will be responsible for their own daily health monitoring.

Only one key will be issued per unit. Texas State will provide electricity and water.

The agreement will last until July 31, though that will be amended, and the cost is not to exceed $37,000.

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