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Jun 14, 2011

City Council and Vendors sign Memorandum of Understanding

A memorandum of understanding was signed this afternoon by the Belize City Council, vendors at the Michael Finnegan Market and residents of Bocotora Street.  The MOU follows a week of unrest among wholesalers and retailers at the market.  Last Tuesday an association was formed by wholesalers who elected Alvin Hyde Jr. as its president.  The Farmers-Vendors Association later presented councilor Phillip Willoughby with a list of demands for the improvement of business being conducted in the area despite initial objections from residents of neighboring Bocotora Street.  Well it seems cooler heads have prevailed as today all parties were signatories to the agreement which also outlines new working hours.

Isani Cayetano

Phillip Willoughby

“Councilor the MOU has been signed but you haven’t spoken on the specifics of what it entails. Can you speak to us on some of the terms of agreements especially with regards with the use of the canal side?”

Councilor Phillip Willoughby

“The canal side is not out of the solution box. What will happen is that one: the vendors, producers, will use the Hicatee Street area to do their business. If there is any excess capacity or spill over, they will be provided with the opportunity to utilize West Collet Canal up until an available space becomes available on Hicatee Street—then they must relocate to Hicatee Street.”

Marion Ali, Love TV

“And is that cutoff time ten a.m. or one p.m.?”

Councilor Phillip Willoughby

“There is two cutoff time. Our personnel will be on the ground from five a.m.—both traffic and special constable doing enforcement—agreed upon by all. Thereafter, the vendors/producers will do or transact business up until ten a.m. After we do a comprehensive walk through again by the retailers of the Michael Finnegan Market, personnel from the market producers association and the Belize City Council, we will then determine who has smaller quantities and volumes and those vendors will then utilize either the Michael Finnegan Market or Mister Hyde’s market.”

Alvin Hyde

Alvin Hyde

“This memorandum of understanding states everything; the rules and the bylaws of the Michael Finnegan Market. The rules are that the vendors can come in at seven o’clock in the evening, park and right away they can start doing business until nine probably they close up and stand by and watch their products and see that everything is ok. And three in the morning, they6 could start business again until ten o’clock in the morning. After ten, the retailers will move inside the Michael Finnegan market or over to my place. And after one, business close again until the following day.”

Among the major concerns raised by retailers within the Michael Finnegan was the undermining of their business by wholesalers who sell produce at a considerably reduced price.  According to Willoughby the new arrangement will eliminate the need for unwanted competition.

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1 Response for “City Council and Vendors sign Memorandum of Understanding”

  1. EMS says:

    Manipulation & Maneuvering people!

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