The Tuesday and Friday Market Vendors endured over a year’s worth of inconvenience after the Belmopan City Council, in April 2013, decided to move them from the Civic Center to the Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds to allow for the renovation of the Civic Center.
Stock Revenues went significantly down due to the location and the deplorable conditions of the area, especially during the rainy season.
Recently the Market Vendors were relocated to the Cardinal’s buffer zone, but while this decision sat well with most individuals, some still complained.
On Thursday, the meeting everyone has been waiting for finally came to fruition. Up to 140 vendors sat inside the newly renovated Civic Center, where opened discussions were held with City Council executives.
The Market Vendors were subsequently informed that they are coming home next week Tuesday.
“Well, the meeting is about the movement back to this Market Place out here, at the Civic Center Parking Lot, making the vendors aware of what will be their responsibilities, and the responsibility of the Council. So we hope we can have a smooth transition. We intend to move them on Tuesday next week, which is the forth of November.
The turnout is exceptional, very good turnout.”
“There were originally some concerns expressed in terms of the costs for the tents, in terms of the logistics of how everything will work out. Were those conditions met?”
“The tents are being donated to them now. They are not paying anything for them. So they will be responsible for the care of the tents. So that has been worked out. I believe they are satisfied with that.
As I said in the meeting, we can’t please everybody. We know there will be some hitches along the way, but we hope they will be ironed out as soon as possible, and everything will just fall into place.”
The Vendors are to receive their tents on Monday at 9:00 am at the Civic Center.
According to Mayor Simeon Lopez, despite the incessant cries of a few Market Vendors, the cost for rent had very little increase.
“When they were here, and at the Showgrounds, they used to pay $10 for a 10 by 10 space, and $20 for a 20 by 10 space. That will remain the same. The only additional cost is the trade licence and the garbage fee.
The trade licence is $100 per annum, or $2 per week. If they pay two dollars per week, then they pay $104 because it’s 52 weeks in a year.
The garbage fee is $1 per day.”
At the end of the meeting the Tuesday/Friday Market Vendors were allotted their respective slots. Over a 100 slots are to be allocated.
The Mayor stressed the importance of paying their dues for those Vendors with outstanding bills.