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Apr 4, 2014

Mayor Darrell Bradley and Belize Waste Control negotiate outstanding debt

Darrel Bradley

Mayor Darrell Bradley, in his dual capacity as attorney for the Belize City Council, was back in court this morning where he appeared before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin in ongoing litigation with Belize Waste Control.  Both parties share a history of unease as it pertains to CitCo meeting its debt obligation to the sanitation company.  Since entering into contract with BWC several years ago, CitCo has repeatedly fallen behind on its payments, a cycle which often peaks in the last quarter of the calendar year.  On Tuesday, Mayor Bradley was castigated for the ineptitude with which he is said to be managing the arrears at City Hall.  Despite having paid down significantly, the council is still behind by two weeks.  Nonetheless, Waste Control is proceeding with its lawsuit.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“The claimants, of course, are suing us, this is [Belize] Waste Control, for the arrears that we have accrued over the last fiscal period.  In December of [last] year we were at fifteen weeks, this is something that happens annually.  This is something that happened before I became mayor…  At this current date I was able to inform the court that we’re only two weeks outside of what we owe them and they’re still pursuing litigation.  I had impressed upon the court to consider the fact that by the terms of the contract we can be four weeks in arrears and I want to make that very clear, it doesn’t mean that we don’t owe the two weeks but there’s a difference between owing a sum of money and being in breach of contract, giving rise to a suit and giving the claimants, in this case [Belize] Waste Control, the right to sue you for the arrears.  This is something common when people pay their rent, you pay your rent by the end of the month but they tell you you can pay it up until the seventh of the following month.  Within that period, which is a grace period you are not to be sued.  What we are saying is that as long as we are within that four-week period and at the present moment we are at two weeks, we are not to be sued and the case is to be discontinued.  The judge gave time for [Belize] Waste Control to file a statement of facts and issues because the judge wants to be satisfied in respect to what remaining triable issues there are and we are to return to court on the fifteenth of April for the judge to consider that and to consider whether or not the matter has been settled or whether or not the matter is to proceed forward.  There are other things that they raised which we maintain are not the subject of this litigation.  This litigation is very clear, you’re suing us for the arrears and we are paying down the arrears to the point where we’re keeping this bill as current as possible.  One of the things that members of the public must understand is that first of all, all of these liabilities are things that I inherited at city council.  We’re doing much better in terms of our financial position and this is one of the debt obligations that we have but there are many others that we inherited.”

 

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1 Response for “Mayor Darrell Bradley and Belize Waste Control negotiate outstanding debt”

  1. Timber says:

    As a friend, so I thought before you screwed my family interests in court, I don’t want to see you fail. One shouldn’t wish ill-will on anyone. However, maybe you should figure out a way to negotiate yourself out of this one the way you negotiated behind my family’s back with the opposing lawyer in court, even when it was obvious the case was winnable. An education is one thing, but your delivery in the courtroom is so lacking. Family had to be telling you questions to ask. You inherited a problem that even the next mayor and subsequent mayors will inherit because those contracts were lopsided, especially the one where Lumour is the attorney. Nobody at that council had foresight. Wish you luck.

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