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…has $1B in outstanding electricity paymentsAs early as this morning, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) will be hosting an urgent meeting of the Council’s Finance Committee to address the likelihood of the Council’s electricity being cut before the week is out or by early next week.Not without the usual bickering between the Council and acting Town Clerk, a decision was subsequently taken to address the matter. They all agreed that ‘blackout’ means the Council will be unable to function.Deputy Mayor Chase- Greene speaks on GPL issueCity Hall is alleged to owe the Guyana Power and Light some $1,Wholesale Jerseys China,090,572,575 as at April 30, 2013. The letter addressed to Mayor Hamilton Green stated that the Council’s indebtedness to the power company rose by some $186,Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping,711,Andre Branch Dolphins Jersey,962 from last August when GPL would have been corresponding with the Council over outstanding payments.GPL thus demanded that the Council pay all funds owing by Friday or face disconnection and legal action instituted by the power company.The City Council however, expressed surprise at the colossal sum said to be owing. Councilor Ranwell Jordan reported that every month the Council has been paying $7M to the electricity company. For two years now, he continued, the Council has failed to reconcile payments for street lights which,Cheap Jerseys Paypal, he said is the major part of what was owed to GPL.GPL too was blamed for not reconciling the street light bill which according to him, had to be written off since it included sums acquired “umpteen years ago.” Two overdrafts were already written off. It was also expressed that there had been talks with GPL over outstanding bills and discourse on manners of payment,Authentic Jerseys Cheap, he said.Deputy Mayor Patricia Chase-Greene added that she had been following the GPL issue as it pertained to payments owing to the electricity company. After expressing her surprise at the current bill, she challenged the acting Town Clerk Carol Sooba to deny a contention that she was “dealing with the matter at another level.”Chase-Greene said that under the Pluck (a former Town Clerk) administration,Gordon Hayward Jersey, there were talks with GPL. She said when the current Town Clerk assumed her position, she (Greene) called the Town Clerk on many occasions to ascertain the position of those talks and was told by the Town Clerk that she was “dealing with it at another level”.Chase-Greene pointed out that in relation to another outstanding electricity bill that was already dealt with, payments had to be made within six months and were so done despite the austerity measures.An argument however sprung in the midst of talks pertaining to the GPL bill when the Town Clerk was asked to provide the proof she promised, to support allegations that the Mayor’s office had been abusing the use of gas and ink. The matter came up when the Mayor spoke about getting a copy of the GPL bill to the Town Clerk. He charged that his office was being denied ink and gas for travel by the Town Clerk, and a copy of the GPL bill to the Town Clerk was being done on a personal capacity.The Council refused to accept a verbal report on the abuse allegation as they said Sooba promised that at the next Statuary meeting-which was yesterday- that she would provide written information.Councilors vote on their remuneration restored.Back on the GPL issue, the Council by way of a vote decided that the GPL matter would be earnestly dealt with this morning. The Town Clerk however sought to have her say on the matter and was denied. She was told by the Mayor that the matter was going to be discussed at the meeting and there was no further need to discuss the matter.The Town Clerk however, disagreed with the Mayor, contending that she had no information pertaining to the letter and as the Mayor ensured the Town Clerk that she would receive a copy of the letter, she noted, “No, your Worship not a copy will suffice me, the original will suffice.”More arguments erupted when Councilors expressed disgust at what is said to be the Town Clerk’s disrespect. The Town Clerk further advised that the Deputy Town Clerk (acting) would be attending this morning’s meeting as she is extremely busy. When asked about what could be more important than the Council’s business, the Town Clerk did not give a reply.Several other matters up for discussion saw outbursts at yesterday’s meeting, especially the issue of cutting Councilors remuneration. Councilors argued that cutting their pay for ensuring the Council’s work was not within Sooba’s authority.They argued that it states nowhere in the constitution that their pay should be determined, whether a Councilor is at a meeting or not, nor does it say the Town Clerk has that authority to make cuts.A response from the Local Government Ministry is anticipated since the Mayor said he has already written the minister on the matter. The Council however decided by way of a majority vote that the money will be restored to the Councilors; no one was against the issue, while three persons abstained since they felt that the Council should wait on the Minister’s response. The Council said they are waiting to see if Sooba will disobey their instructions.
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