The Belize City Council is not yet out of the woods with regard to its contretemps with Belize Waste Control. The sanitation company is demanding that City Hall address its issues with enforcement of their contract. For context we take you back to December 19, when Mayor Darrell Bradley responded to our question of what the Council is doing in regard to enforcement.
“We are contractually obligated to enforce the contract and also by law, required to enforce the terms of the settlement order. All of these things are constantly under review and we are working as fast as we can to address any and all issues; we recognized that in order for this thing to be sustainable, if it is to continue, then we need to have a working relationship with the garbage collector and we need to address that are important to them, but likewise, they need to address the issues that are important to us. I don’t know what specific issues they are logging by”.
The Council has paid all but $50,000 of the judgment enforced by the courts in April of 2013, that last is a litigation fee. Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay of Courtenay, Coye and Company has been contracted to address the other issue of unpaid arrears on the contract which are now down to nine weeks. This afternoon, attorney for Belize Waste Control, Fred Lumor, outlined some of the key issues that need to be addressed.
“He’s supposed to set up a committee. It was to monitor the collection of the commercial garbage by unauthorized person in Belize City. That has not happened. The city council was to identify persons who are collecting commercial garbage immediately and tell them to stop them. That has not happened. The council has awarded a contract to Belize Benquena whereby they are collecting garbage know as Belize hot spots. That is the breach of Belize Waste Control contract. City council was to review the provisional report to Waste Control. That has not happened”.
Lumor says the Mayor’s assurances are no longer enough:
“Attorney Fred Lumor: “Remember that there is Icons of Settlements which was approved by the court; it’s in writing, and they are required to implement those things by the end of the year. So, there is no dispute for a server. You can go to Waste Control and pick up a copy of the Terms of Settlements for you to see it yourself and answer that and then you will be planning whether what the city council are saying, makes sense to talk”.
The contract, which was first given in 1993, expires in 2017