By Marion V. Ali
The Belize City Council continues to have problems keeping up with its sanitation contracts, and is still several weeks in arrears.
The Council continues to owe the sanitation company between two and four weeks, which is the limit that the contract allows for arrears, Mayor Darrell Bradley explained earlier this month.
Bradley said the Council was four weeks in arrears with meeting its payments at that time.
However, George Lamb, general manager for Belize Waste Control, said there was a slight discrepancy with the mayor’s number.
Lamb told The Reporter that it has been six weeks since his company received any payment from City Hall.
Bradley said the struggle that City Hall has in meeting its commitment lies in the amount of money that it has had to single-handedly pay out.
The cost of garbage collection which is paid only from City Council revenues “saddles the city”, he lamented.
Bradley added that the Council strives to meet its weekly payments to both sanitation contractors, Belize Waste Control and Belize Maintenance Limited. Each week Belize Waste Control is due to collect $51,000 while Belize Maintenance collects $78,000.
According to Bradley, these combined figures represent the Council’s single biggest outlay, even more than salaries.
As for the constant lawsuits against him as mayor and the threat of incarceration that he has faced, the mayor said that they are strictly for compliance purposes.
He stated that the Council has acted responsibly to try and keep its arrears within the four-week period.