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Oct 6, 2014

Charges dropped against more BML workers

Darrell Bradley

A flood mitigation project is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, which is a good thing because the City Council seems to be chronically cash-strapped. A significant portion of the financial burden on City Hall is its sanitation debts to companies like Belize Waste Control and Belize Maintenance Limited. The situation where BML is concerned is particularly bad, with CitCo many weeks in arrears. Following a particularly tempestuous time, there’s been an agreement worked out, and the Council committed to making a balloon payment at the end of September and regular payments after that. That’s one aspect of the problem. The other is that BML workers who demonstrated in front of City Hall were scheduled to appear in Court this morning. According to Mayor Bradley, it’s just procedure, since they have agreed to drop all charges against those workers.


Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“My understanding is all of that was already done. I gave instructions for that to be done a long time ago, but the procedural aspects of it have to be implemented by our people on the ground, our prosecutors and enforcement officers. So that’s something that we had already resolved that we were going to do, and we’re working with BML to coordinate the transition, and we’re also working with them in relation to finishing up the scope of their contract before we move into a new system.”



“Sir the end of the month just passed. You had told us that there would be a balloon payment at the end of the month. Was that made?”


Darrell Bradley

“We paid them two hundred thousand dollars. That balloon payment was the last day of September, which I think was Friday. And we paid them two hundred thousand out of three hundred and fifty thousand we were supposed to pay them and this week we’re going to pay them the remaining one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. We’re supposed to make a next payment the end of October.”


We are told that those charges were indeed dropped this morning, and with that the workers were all free to go.

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