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Feb 12, 2014

City Council back in court for monies owed to Belize Waste Control

Darrell Bradley

While he is involved in intense discussions with the Labour Commissioner and the CWU, the Mayor is also dealing with litigation with Belize Waste Control. In fact, Mayor Bradley was in Court on Tuesday for arrears owed to the sanitation company. According to the Mayor, he has already made payment of one point two million dollars owed to BWC because of a judgment debt, and has reduced the arrears to five weeks. He says that in the context, he feels that continued litigation is being done in extremely bad faith.

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Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“We were late with the December payment but we made it by the fourth of January so that we have paid them one point two million dollars. There were certain things that we had agreed upon in a memorandum that we were supposed to look at, and those things are still outstanding. They have issues in relation to exclusivity, issues in relation to recycling that it will still be a back and forth. So that we are dealing with the judgment debt and we have paid them the entire judgment debt, so that is an issue we would want to bring to a close. Going forward now we still have the contract and we still have the arrears situation that is a problem for us every single year. At one point in December I remember Mike when we spoke that we were at fifteen weeks behind with them. At the present moment we are five weeks behind with them, so that we are doing considerably better. They took a decision to still take us to Court for that five weeks, so that yesterday we had a Court hearing in relation to the arrears that we owe them. We are trying to bring that arrears to within four weeks which we will be able to do next week. We are making a double payment to them, and the contract allows us to be at most four weeks in arrears.”

 

Mayor Bradley says that he has sent a letter to attorneys for Belize Waste Control advising them that payment will be made and making a schedule of payment. He is hoping that letter will result in a halt to litigation. 

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