Citco prepares for end of BML Contract Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

On Monday, August 4, workers of Belize Maintenance Limited demonstrated in front of Belize City Hall, throwing garbage on the street. They were frustrated after their employer has not been paying them. The Belize City Council owes the company 18 weeks of salary at 78 thousand dollars per week which now the company says is causing them not to be able to pay.

The situation is one where the council and the company have been before, Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley has always maintained that the contract is too burdensome for the municipality. He has since taken steps to notify the company that their contract will not be renewed when it comes to an end in January of 2015.

As that happens however, there will still be a need that the services that BML is providing (albeit in an unacceptable manner) be taken up. Now the council is making preparations to take over that responsibility and that means that the council must acquire equipment. On Wednesday, three trucks were granted to the council by Taiwan. Additionally, the mayor has stated that street sweepers will also be acquired through similar donations and the government has committed to assist the council with additional equipment that it requires to absorb the responsibilities.

According to Mayor Bradley, the council has formed  sub-committee of councilors and technical staff to look at the taking up of responsibilities and they are moving to be ready by January of next year. Among discussions being carried out is the issue of sludge that accumulates in covered drains, the mechanized sweeping of the streets (which is not being done by the current contractor), the requirement of residents to take care of the areas in front of their yards and other maintenance services in parks and the cemetery.

"Come January, the council will be able to deal with the services quite comfortably," assured the mayor.