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Jan 6, 2015

Mayor Bradley Says Sanitation Debt to be Settled by February

Darrell Bradley

Earlier in the newscast, you heard Mayor Darrell Bradley say he was taking on one hundred and fifty-eight employees, formerly employed by Belize Maintenance Limited. While that comes on board next week Friday, there is still the matter of a debt to sanitation contractors, Belize Waste Control and BML. Mayor Darrell Bradley says that an agreement has been reached and by the end of February, all outstanding payments to BML will be paid. After meeting several payments late last year, City Hall is only six weeks behind in payment to BML. This, Bradley says, will help with the clean transition of the sanitation workers.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“We had paid them at the ending of October three payments which was about two hundred and something thousand dollars. At the end of November we had paid them five payments which was about roughly three hundred and fifty thousand dollars. At the close of the year, we paid them an additional four hundred thousand dollars which was not included in the agreement. The agreement indicated that we were going to make those two balloon payments and then thereafter we were going to pay them twenty thousand dollars a week until the monies were retired. We are paying them the twenty thousand dollars a week and in addition to that we paid them four hundred thousand dollars as a balloon payment to ensure that we can pay them off quite comfortably by the end of February. And that puts us at the first week in December. So we are still in an arrears position with them, but we are making accelerated payments to them and we are at the first week in December. So that when we hit that ending of February deadline, we will have no more obligation to BML as it relates to their recurrent debt with us. We still have the issue of a sizeable judgment that is seven years old that no other municipality paid that we have to deal with in relation to them. But when we are dealing with them, we have no other relation with them—not related to staff, nor any other arrears or debt. We are doing these balloon payments because we want to make sure that the transition is a clean link.”

 

Bradley says this is the same position being taken with BWC. A payment of three hundred thousand dollars was also paid to BWC which represents six weeks payment addressing outstanding payments up to December first.

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