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Jan 10, 2013

No peace for undertakers; particularly Coye

Ever since the Belize City Council announced it would be taking over the responsibilities of building tombs and vaults at the Lord Ridge Cemetery and Eternal Gardens, undertakers briefly kept quiet on the decision. A few residents, however, have readily made their discontent known about the tombs built by City Hall. And one particular undertaker, David Coye, the owner of Coye’s Funeral Home, says it seems that he is being singled out. Coye said that he applied to purchase a space for a burial and while he was turned down, another man was allowed to buy space. This afternoon at the Lord Ridge Cemetery, he showed us non-employees of City Hall who were building at the graveyard, though the City’s declaration indicated only employees would be allowed to do so.

 

David Coye, Proprietor, Coye Funeral Home

David Coye

“I have another funeral for a vault. I sent to purchase and pay for the space this afternoon; they turn it down. They say city council workers has to do the work. A gentleman by the name of Goldburn Adolphus, he gone pay for two grave spaces yesterday; telling the city council that his construction company wah build the two tombs. They sell ahn the space for two hundred and fifty dollars—it gone up another hundred dollars—from one fifty to two fifty. And now they have a new application fee which is for twenty-five dollars.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“What’s the application fee about?”

 

David Coye

“I noh know because yo di apply for a space to bury somebody.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“They say that only city council employees can build graves and you are building a grave. Do you work for the city council?”

 

Voice of: Construction Worker

“No I am not an employee of the City Council.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So how did you manage to get permission to work?”

 

Voice of: Construction Worker

“Well I went through the process with a friend of mine. This is one of my family that is deceased and I am only assisting. Likewise I am a man that wants to be an undertaker. I have my vehicle, I have bout five box invested. I shut down everything until I can pay property tax, etc, etc. Then I will move on from there if my license is granted.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And even if you get the license; though you have permission today, you may also face problems in the near future doing this work which they say is for city hall employees.”

 

Voice of: Construction Worker

“I noh have nothing against city council worker you know. I try work hand in hand with them and I have no problem with them. This dah how I make my bread. I dah wah printer; I print the books and also for the cemetery. I try apply for a license but then I have to go clear property tax.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So what do you think about the other undertakers who cannot do this job that you are doing right now?”

 

Voice of: Construction Worker

“Well I feel like dehn di knock bread outta some ah we mouth and this hurt. I got five pickney weh di goh dah school; likewise the other undertakers they have children too. It noh fair, all ah we have to eat and all ah we need to live. I dah man weh noh want deh pan the street side the sell drugs. And this dah how I make my living right.”

 

David Coye

“Just this morning they put up notice on their wall that the space dah two hundred and fifty dollars. I noh know what city council is doing; I noh know.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“It is more expensive to bury the dead. The cost eventually will go to the loved ones right?”

 

David Coye

“Of course, of course. But are they singling me out? As what? I no play politics; I noh play politics, but this is not right mein.”

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3 Responses for “No peace for undertakers; particularly Coye”

  1. Storm says:

    Emperor Bradley has been invisible regarding the massacre and gang terror in his city, but he’s been awfully busy trying to get control of more and more money. And apparently he likes to raise fees and taxes in secret — where have been the public hearings about any of his tax, fee, and license increases? I’m afraid his ego is too large for this little country.

  2. ceo says:

    Every dam thing in Belize is politics and mess! Now even to burry the dead there is no real standards that people are held to.

    It’s always PUP against UDP or UDP against PUP every step of the way! For the love of jesus we are all Belizeans! Will we ever have leaders in Belize or for ever political cronyism?

  3. ladymatura says:

    People do note that for any new fees to be instituted or increased it must be passed by law and gazzetted , otherwise it is not legal so the undertakers shoudl ask for the gazzette in which these new rates have been published.

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