Citizens should worry that life of council being extended
City Council Round-Up
By Cecil Griffith
December 2, 2002
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The Georgetown D-Plan
The other item of note to citizens is the report that the Jagdeo administration "strongly" supports the Greater Georgetown Development Plan which was prepared by a foreign Town Planner.
According to the story in the Chronicle newspaper Mayor Green and his deputy and right-hand man councillor Robert Williams were invited to attend Cabinet meetings to `sell' the plan to the government. They seemed to have succeeded in convincing the ministers.
The Green-Williams combination is unbeatable in the sphere of local politics. Even during meetings of the council when these two Forbes Sampson Burnham proteges disagree on an issue, the end result is that from their body language and silent exchanges (the deputy sits on the right hand of the mayor) there is no winner or loser. It's Mr Mayor and Mr Deputy or Robert.
At the last statutory meeting of the council the leader of the PNC/R faction, councillor Oscar Clarke, another Burnham protégé quickly discovered that he was about to fall into a trap when he sought an explanation from the 'chief citizen' on the invitation to attend the Cabinet meeting.
Resorting to the Burnham wit, guile and cunning the mayor referred to councillor Clarke's middle name..Eleazer..which was most unusual.
I can well imagine the 'snake oil' performance by these two GGG councillors before the Cabinet.
But are the members of the Cabinet aware that apart from Mayor Green and his deputy and maybe the other two leaders of their respective political parties on the council, many other city 'fathers' and 'mothers' would be at a loss to explain the details of the plan which has never been thoroughly debated at any statutory meeting? Councillors had been provided with copies sometime ago.
Two other questions need to be answered ...... which agency would be responsible for implementing the plan and who would provide the funding?
A soft spot
Mayor Green himself has had to draw the attention of councillors to the chaotic situation at the corner of Savage and Robb streets in downtown Georgetown.
It seems as though someone has a soft spot for the proprietors of this business.... He was referring to the store at the corner of the two streets where the pavements have been taken over by vendors as well as goods and employees of the business entity.
It is impossible for persons to walk in peace and safety in this area, although there is always at least one constable on duty.
The Chief Constable Gail George has told the Legal Affairs and Security committee that ranks of the city police are faced with a "serious dilemma" because the radio sets are not working. She has denied that a mini arcade has been set up at Camp and Regent streets.