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Feb 7, 2018

City Grapples with New Contract for Belize Waste Control

Darrell Bradley

Relations between the Belize City Council and Belize Maintenance Limited as well as Belize Waste Control went from peak to ebb during Mayor Darrell Bradley’s two terms in office. Who can soon forget how employees of BML rioted in front of City Hall in 2015, forcing the central government to intervene and the eventual takeover of the company months later? Or the constant complaints of ‘no money no deh’ from City Hall to pay Waste Control, usually coinciding with the Council’s “slow season?” But Waste Control is back to the bargaining table with North Front Street although some of the work will be left for whoever succeeds Bradley.

 

Reporter

“Does it still stand that the expired Waste Control contract will be re-negotiated…”

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“It is being re-negotiated, because their lawyer has written me…”

 

Reporter

“You said you would wait until the next Council, leave it for the next Council?”

 

Darrell Bradley

“If they write me a letter, I still have to respond. It’s not something that we have concluded; again, I only have weeks left and that’s not something we have concluded. Even at this present moment the council is meeting but a lot of my councilors are doing political work, they’re on the street campaigning so it’s difficult to bring together the Council. That won’t be extended, renewed, finalized and I suspect the new mayor will have to deal with that when it comes. Because I think it would be unfair; we can’t really have proper negotiations at this time. There have been exchanges of communication, we have some degree of consensus on some of the issues and areas of concern, but I’m beginning to suspect that it’s something the new Mayor will deal with.”

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