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The Mayor's proposal
This is now the right time for the 'chief citizen's' proposal advanced some two years ago for the city engineer, the chief constable and the medical officer of health to work out and implement a plan in which an area in the city is identified and developed or sanitized - to use the mayor's own words - as an experiment for bringing order to a disorderly city. It was a good idea then and still is today ... why not go for it, Messrs James, George and Dr Shury.
While deputy mayor and chairman of the council's Finance Committee Robert Williams agonises over a budget for 2003, councillors have been expressing their concerns over the inability of the administration to collect outstanding monies owned to the municipality.
At the last statutory meeting, People's Progressive Party/Civic councillor, Victor Sobers, and the Good and Green Guyana councillor, Harold Kissoon, raised a number of questions dealing with outstanding sums owed.
Councillor Sobers asked why more than $9M could not be collected from persons who owe rents for the use of stalls at Stabroek market.
He said if the rents could not be collected then the stalls should be repossessed by the Clerk of Markets.
Mayor Green spoke about the many violations of the by-laws by people around that market and not for the first time defended the city police noting that they are stressed out and short of personnel.
Councillor Kissoon once again enquired about the 'Kissoon' affair in which AH&L Kissoon had entered into an arrangement sometime ago for the supply of goods including furniture as part payment for outstanding taxes.
When it was discovered that some of the items supplied by the company to City Hall could not be accounted for, an investigation was ordered. To date no report has been forthcoming.
The GGG councillor is also unhappy with the way in which the Local Government Ministry has handled a request from the council for the mounting of an enquiry into the working of the City Engineer's Department.
To Mash or not to Mash
Councillors have been told by the chairperson of the Social Development committee, Mrs Pat Chase-Green that a shortage of funds may restrict the council's involvement in Mash this year.
It's been proposed that the municipality restrict its participation by only taking part in the steel band competition, leaving out the float parade.
A suggestion by the Town Clerk that the committee seek funding from the government through the council was roundly rejected by councillor Chase-Green, "such a suggestion is shameful..." was her response.