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Nov 15, 2018

Belmopan Mayor Circumspect on Who CitCo Negotiated Hilltop Land Deal With

On Tuesday, Mayor Khalid Belisle hosted a press conference during which he refuted claims made by the Public Service Union.  When asked who from Simplex Design brokered the deal with CitCo, Mayor Belisle remained circumspect.  He told reporters that he was purposely refraining from any name calling.  So, the fact that a bogus address belonging to an actual union member was used is raising serious eyebrows.

 

Reporter

“Founded on the ninth, and that the transfer was made on the tenth, because the transfer papers say the tenth of October.  Are you able to say who negotiated with the council on behalf of Simplex Design Company before it was even a founded company?”

 

Khalid Belisle

Khalid Belisle, Mayor, Belmopan City Council

“I am fairly certain that there are principals that are registered at the companies registry.  I am intentionally staying away from name calling, on the part if the company, on the part of anyone at the P.S.U. that we have been in touch with.  I just, the name calling is not something that I prefer to get into.”

 

Reporter

“Yeah, but you all were in negotiating with the principals who then said we will bring it through this company.”

 

Khalid Belisle

“Yes.”

 

Reporter

“Now sir, this, as it happens, you said that a generous, sorry a commercial valuation would have put it at seven hundred plus.”

 

Khalid Belisle

“Yes sir.”

 

Reporter

“Is a forty percent discount for a cash sale, is that standard or consistent under what the council would do?  It seems a bit generous.”

 

Khalid Belisle

“Well, if we were going to be generous with one party, I mean, like I explained, Ms. Malika, I called a name you see.  You made me call a name, but our in-house valuator kind of explained to me a bit of the nuances of how she arrived at her valuation.  And so, I would have to say to you that I believe four hundred thousand dollars was a fair price.”

 

As new details emerge, the Belmopan City Council and the Public Service Union have not yet met since a meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday did not occur.

On Tuesday, Belmopan area rep, John Saldivar in a post on Facebook said that “Hilltop belongs to the people of Belmopan and should never have been given away in the first place, and should not now have been sold to any other.” He believes the four hundred thousand dollars should be returned to the current purchaser, give the P.S.U. a parcel of land in Belmopan perhaps comparable to the amount they had offered to pay for the property, and immediately acquire funding to properly restore Hilltop as a Public Recreational Center and Swimming Pool.

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