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Aug 16, 2012

Village Council member and Chairman at odds

Steve Perriott

We reported earlier in the week about the complaints coming from Crooked Tree Villagers regarding the lagoon’s fishing regulations. But that’s not the only battle the villagers are fighting. The Crooked Tree Vice Chairman Steve Perriott says the Village Council is essentially inactive and that the chairman, George Guest has refused to have a meeting to hear the concerns of the residents. This Saturday, however, Perriott and other residents are holding a meeting of their own, hoping to effect change in the village. Perriott says that not only is he inviting villagers to come out, an invitation is also being extended to George Guest to attend as a guest, of course.


Steve Perriott, Vice Chairman, Crooked Tree

“We’re calling a meeting for this Saturday night at the community center at seven-thirty. One of the main reasons that the Village Council is inactive is because we have a chairman that thinks he’s king and not a chairman. He hasn’t called a meeting in over two years. Money goes in and out of the village council account and the councilors don’t know what’s going on with it. When we try to call a meeting, the chairman changed the lock. But this Saturday night, we wah have wah meeting, we wah have wah brand new lock; we’re inviting everybody in the village, we’re inviting the chairman. We can’t call it a Village council meeting because only the chairman could do that, we’re calling it a village meeting. We’re to have a quorum of village councilors there and we’re inviting the chairman also. And again, this is because for the past six years we haven’t had a police station. The area representative and security team that we have, we decided that we wah try put up a station. The area rep said he’s gonna give us five hundred cement blocks, fifty sack ah cement and some steal so that we could start the foundation and the Village Council would buy the material. Now everybody agreed that we should. The two loads of sand and gravel, the chairman don’t want to do it. But it’s not his money and it’s not his decision. His role in this village is to be the voice of the council and the council’s role is to be the voice of the people. This is not a monarchy, we noh colonial no more; we done get independence but apparently we need to explain that to king George.”

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3 Responses for “Village Council member and Chairman at odds”

  1. Bear says:

    I hope there is an open airing of these issues, and Chairman Guest attends and answers every question.

    He must remember he WORKS FOR the villagers. Just as every public employee and official in the Jewel works for the people. I hope Channel 5 covers the meeting and the aftermath.

    And since the money is public money, I hope there is an audit and an accounting. Let the chips fall where they may.


  2. Tina says:

    This is not the time for us to be harboring useless people in our government, run his !@$$ out quick, POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

    I support you VP

  3. C.T. Villager says:

    I appluad you on this noble effort Steve. You will have my full support. It is time that our village stand up for itself and stop depending on others to fix our problems. Yes the villagers put this so called chairman there…but we can also put him out since he has decided that he no longer answers to the villagers. See you Saturday night!

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