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Aug 19, 2022

CitCo Approves a New Arrangement for Micah Goodin’s Study Leave

Micah Goodin

Councilor Micah Goodin attended a farewell event held by the People’s United Party secretariat on Thursday night, as he prepares to go away for law school at U.W.I.. As we reported last week, Goodin initially requested a leave of absence for a period of six months from City Hall, while he pursues legal studies at the University of the West Indies.  Part of that request, however, was for his monthly allowance to remain intact.  Goodin needed four councilor colleagues, as well as the support of Mayor Bernard Wagner to carry the motion.  That application, we are told, was unsuccessful.  In its place is a different arrangement that will allow him to participate in CitCo meetings virtually.  Earlier today, News Five spoke with Mayor Bernard Wagner.


Bernard Wagner

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“He had presented and original motion requesting leave. That motion, however, never really met the prerequisite of having four or more councilors accede to the request.  He was able to garner the support of Councilor Novelo and Councilor Castellanos, however, given that ih neva meet the prerequisite, the motion neva get carried.  Guided by that, the City Council’s regulations states that once a motion is not carried through, you cannot bring it back to the caucus until six months has passed.  So really, that sets that motion back to the, it will not be available I guess until about March or April of next year.  Given that, the councilor sent in a letter to the Office of the Mayor requesting that he be given consideration to really participate in the caucuses via virtual means.  And virtual means again has been practiced throughout COVID.  One thing COVID taught us was that you can still conduct business from the United States, from Europe and still be effective.  And so, we looked at it as a council that, the main thing of a councilor, contrary to what people may believe is that it’s a full-time job, it’s not.  The only full-time job, again, is the Office of the Mayor and so these councilors usually participate or carry out their functions in a type of board of directors or board type function.  They are there really debate and adopt policies.”


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