Boise changes travel policy for Library project architect

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The City of Boise changed its travel arrangement with a Boston-based architectural firm contracted to design a new library project.

The move is the second remediation after BoiseDev reported an employee of the firm charged the city fo first class airfare, against the contract with the city.

“The new arrangement is a trip stipend for travel to (and) from Boise,” City of Boise Communications Director Mike Journee told BoiseDev.

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Instead of Safdie employees booking travel and submitting expense reports to the city for reimbursement, they will be paid a flat fee for the trips.

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For a trip to Boise from the east coast, the city will pay a flat fee of $1,950 per person for up to three days and two nights. The includes amounts for flight, hotel, transfers and meals.

If the travel starts on the west coast, the city will pay $1,025 for up to two days and one night, with amounts for flight and shorter hotel stay making up the difference.

“These numbers will be reviewed periodically and can be adjusted if needed,”
Journee said. “However, barring any significant changes in travel costs, these will be our stipend numbers for the duration of the project.”

The new stipend amount is lower in general than the amounts submitted for reimbursement in the first part of 2018, according to previous public records obtained by BoiseDev.

After BoiseDev’s reporting, the city asked for reimbursement of first-class travel by a member of Safdie’s firm. The city previously only allowed first-class travel for Safdie himself. Now all trips by any member of the firm will be paid the same.

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