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Jul 17, 2013

Belize Waste Control will get funds owed by City Hall

Darrell Bradley

Earlier this year, Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley appeared in court—not as a legal practitioner, but for contempt in respect of a garbage debt owed to Belize Waste Control to the tune of two point three million dollars. After several trips before Justice Michelle Arana, on June tenth, the Council was given approximately a month to settle the payment of the debt which was accruing interests at eighty-two thousand dollars monthly. Well today, while a formal and final agreement was not signed, a way forward was reached and contempt charges will be withdrawn when the agreement is penned. The agreement was made between both parties in the Chambers of Justice Arana; BWC gave the council an undisclosed reduction of the million-dollar debt. The Council agreed that it will be making timely payments to BWC and that it will be enforcing measures to ensure proper garbage collection. With a settlement now in place, today both parties came out smiling. Attorney for BWC, Fred Lumor and Mayor Bradley spoke to the media.

 

 

Fred Lumor, Attorney for Belize Waste Control

Fred Lumor

“We have resolved the matter so there is no need to proceed any further. The only outstanding issue is that we are going to sign a formal agreement containing the points of agreement. Once that is done, we return to court sometime later in the year and withdraw the application that we have filed to cite the mayor for contempt. Basically the settlement involves Belize waste Control taking a reduced payment than the two point three million dollars awarded in damages and in return the City Council is going to put in place some enforcement measures to stop the illegal garbage collection in the city; especially commercial collection.”

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“We had been meeting since the last adjourned date and we had a final meeting earlier this week and we outlined all the terms of settlement. We had met at the law offices of Michael Young who is representing the Council in this matter and we were able to come to an agreement in relation to a sizeable reduction on the judgment debt. We are also coming to terms in terms of some areas that the council recognizes it has to do better—in regards to the situation with areas, in regards to certain other disputes that have always plagued the parties. And I think that one of the significant things which is a positive for the benefits of residents of Belize is that there needs to be greater coordination between the company and the City Council as it relates to the efficient and timely and cost-effective collection of garbage. A lot of the things that we have done with the settlement has to involve setting up greater partnerships mechanisms for coordination and we are committed to doing that for the benefit of residents of Belize.”

According to Lumor, individuals who are not licensed by the City Council have been collecting garbage and not dumping them at the proper landfill or dumpsite. 

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