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Apr 15, 2014

Belize Waste Control settles with Mayor Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley

After several weeks of litigation in the Supreme Court to settle outstanding arrears of some three hundred thousand dollars owed to Belize Waste Control, Mayor Darrell Bradley can rest easy tonight since the matter is now behind the Belize City Council.  Both parties had been locked in a legal battle that led to a war of words over the substantive debt owed by CitCo to the sanitation company.  While Mayor Bradley maintained that the existing agreement allows City Hall a four-week grace period for late payment, BWC wasted no time in taking the matter to court.  This morning, appearing on behalf of his administration, the mayor told the media that despite the recurrent problem of delayed compensation the suit has been withdrawn.

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Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“The litigation is finished.  The court had on the last occasion granted an adjournment to today’s date for the claimants in this case [Belize] Waste Control to file what is called a statement of facts and issues for the court to satisfy itself what triable issues there still are.  The claimants did not file that document and they had indicated to the court this morning that we were going to press settlement of the matter and we entered into a consent order which the City Council agreed to and which they likewise agreed to.  Essentially what it is is that they claimed for arrears they are satisfied that that has been satisfied.  There was a matter that they were pressing us for a deduction that we made when they took strike action.  We deducted ten thousand dollars from their weekly amount because we felt that they were not providing the services to time because of industrial action.  They had indicated to us that because they were not being paid they would not provide the service and so we withheld a portion of their weekly amount.  What we’ve agreed to do is that we have agreed to give them that which is ten thousand dollars and the entire claim has been discontinued and we’re no longer in litigation.  I had maintained from the very beginning though that there are serious and substantial issues as between the parties which will continue, though not in court.”

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