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Sep 2, 2014

Is CitCo Keeping Up with its BML Arrears?

In early August sanitation matters between Belize Maintenance Limited and the Belize City Council came to a head. City Hall was in arrears to the company eighteen weeks, and because BML could not get an audience with the Mayor, the company had informed workers that it could no longer keep them on. That led to a fiery episode and a very necessary intervention by Prime Minister Dean Barrow. That bailout included one hundred and seventy workers of BML being paid by Central Government until January 2015. With that financial space created, the Mayor would then be free to apply focus to clearing up his arrears to the company. That led to a proposal to start it all off with a primary payment to BML on August twenty-ninth, which would clear up five weeks in arrears. Last week Friday was August twenty-ninth, so News Five went by BML today. We expected to see company representatives all smiles, with that lump sum in hand…and we asked owner Lawrence Ellis if he had indeed gotten hold of that money. 


Lawrence Ellis, Owner, Belize Maintenance Limited

Lawrence Ellis

“No…we got fifty-thousand dollars Friday that was it. I was suppose to have a meeting with the council today but I was told that the mayor was out of the country and won’t be in until tomorrow so we had to reschedule until tomorrow afternoon. This was the proposal that he put forward to us. I was not comfortable with it but I said it was a way forward. We are operating at a loss because we have to be dealing with collection through lawyers and stuff. Lawyers charge their fee, so we operating really at a loss right now. I can only be optimistic that the meeting tomorrow will result in some form of solid concrete solution. There are other councillors getting involve so am hopeful with the other people getting involved we going to have a better result.”


As you heard, a meeting is scheduled for Wednesday between BML attorneys and City Hall. We’ll have more on how that went in Wednesday’s newscast.

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