Local NewsTaxes & Spending$42 Million in COVID Spending on Austin Council Agenda Two Months After Emergency Orders End

The collection of expenditures is on the city council's May 19 agenda as their approval exceeded the city manager's authority.
May 16, 2022
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The City of Austin terminated its coronavirus emergency orders back in March, but this week the council is considering $42 million in contracts for services related to the pandemic.

Agenda item 18 for Thursday’s Austin City Council meeting spotlights “multiple emergency contracts with various contractors to provide goods and services related to the Coronavirus pandemic.” 

The 19 items up for approval amount to a total of $41,913,374.

Citing the state and local emergency declarations made at the beginning of the pandemic, the agenda says, “The response by the City has required temporary housing agreements, alternative care sites, both large testing and large vaccination operations, as well as tasks in support of special at-risk populations.”

This batch of items, it adds, encompasses contracts for services that exceeded the authority of the city manager to approve unilaterally.

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Earlier this year, the City of Austin was one of the last places in Texas still dragging its feet on coronavirus restrictions, digging in further when the omicron variant spread. But in March, the coronavirus metrics dropped substantially and Mayor Steve Adler rescinded all orders mandating masks and requiring businesses to post a coronavirus precaution checklist.

But these items continue coronavirus-oriented services from the city.

They include $10.4 million for temporary housing agreements like rental, mortgage, and utilities assistance; $14.7 million combined for coronavirus tests, support services, and a new testing center; $1.6 million for food deliveries to the homeless population; and $130,550 for ultrasound devices.

The agenda adds that other such expenditures may come down the line. “Staff will be bringing forward additional ratification requests at future Council meetings, as purchases continue to be made to support the City’s response to the COVID-19 emergency,” it says.

In April, the council proposed, then postponed, then canceled a $15 million contract for vaccination marketing and outreach services. The city’s coronavirus metrics continue to remain low.

See each item below:

VendorPurposeCost
United Site Services of Texas, Inc. Texas Decon LLC
d/b/a Texas Medical Waste Ascend National LLC
d/b/a Ascend National Healthcare Staffing Evins
Group LLC d/b/a Evins Personnel Consultants, Evins
Temporaries Laundris Corporation d/b/a Austin
Laundry Systems Lonestar Ambulance 1 LLC d/b/a
Allegiance Mobile Health Arcadian Ambulance
Service, Inc. d/b/a Acadian Ambulance Service of
Texas, LLC
COVID-19 Emergency Temporary
Housing Agreements
$10,446,387
Hazcore Environmental Inc.Isolation Facility 1 and 2 Services$723,133
Evins Group LLC d/b/a Evins Personnel Consultants
Ascend National LLC d/b/a Ascend National
Healthcare Staffing
Medical Staffing of Alternate Care
Site
$1,181,219
Boss Lady Mobile Laundry & Cleaning LLCLaundry Services for COVID-19
Patients at Alternate Care Site and
ProLodges
$277,663
Hagerty Consulting, Inc. d/b/a Hagerty ConsultingCOVID-19 Planning, Training,
Response, Recovery and Surge
Support
$3,267,175
Deli Management, Inc. d/b/a Jason's Deli Levy
Premium Foodservice LLC d/b/a Levy Restaurants
Salvation Army Good Work Austin
Catering Services for Motel Lodging
assignment by EOC
$1,568,866
Dorothy Operational Services LLC G&M Catering Inc.
Good Work Austin People for Change Texas d/b/a
People for Change/Camp Discover Bottling Group,
LLC d/b/a Pepsi Beverages Company or Pepsi-Cola
CoJo Unlimited Catering Inc. Texamericana LLC d/b/a
Murphy's Deli
Catering Services for IsoFac,
Prolodge, and Logistics Warehouse
RLC
$436,770
AnyPlace Management and Diagnostics Inc. d/b/a
AnyPlace MD Inc.
COVID-19 Testing Support Services$2,660,924
Sysco USA 1, Inc. d/b/a Sysco Central Texas, A
Division of Sysco
Eating Apart Together (EAT)
Initiative
$1,606,400
Advanced HR Solutions, LTD. d/b/a Pulse StaffingCOVID-19 Vaccination and Testing
Services
$1,779,208
Trail of Lights FoundationManage Non-Clinical Operations at
Austin Public Health Vaccination
Sites
$4,704,867
Matera Paper Company, Inc. d/b/a Ferguson Facilities
Supply
Blue Nitrile Exam Gloves$491,877
American Institute of Toxicology d/b/a AIT
Laboratories
COVID-19 Testing Supplies and Lab
Testing Services
$9,940,480
American Institute of Toxicology d/b/a AIT
Laboratories
Additional COVID-19 Testing Center$1,110,000
Dascena, Inc.COVID-19 Testing Services$919,500
Texas Disposal Systems, Inc.Rental of Portable Showers,
Handwashing Stations, Generators,
and related items in support of
COVID-19 response
$399,960
Cintas CorporationPersonal Protective Equipment
Gloves and Masks
$152,430
Butterfly NetworkUltrasound Devices$130,550
Spartan Medical, Inc.Emergency COVID-19 Testing Site$115,965

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