Apr 10, 2016 News
Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase-Green, is adamant that despite criticisms, only A Partnership for Nation al Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) councilors sit on the Georgetown municipality’s Finance Committee, there is still room for other councilors to have a say in the council’s finance.
According to Chase-Green, a democratic process was followed as the 25 APNU+AFC City Hall councilors sworn in on April 1, backed their candidates for the seven-member committee and outvoted the alternate Team Legacy nominee, Carolyn Caesar- Murray.
“A democratic process was done,” Chase-Green stated. “The finance committee required seven people and there were eight nominations. The higher seven got the votes, which is how the committee was formed.”
Moreover, Chase-Green emphasized that even if someone was not a member of the finance committee, that person could still attend the committee meetings. According to the Mayor, this person would still have an input though not a vote.
“You can come, share your ideas and give your view on what you think is best and you can have it recorded also. So not being a member of the finance committee does not debar you from being part and parcel of what goes on financially on the council.”
The Mayor added , “There will be other committees and there will be nominations for other persons. The council is basically run by committees. So even if someone did not get on at the finance committee they will get on to another committee.”
Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan also expressed confidence in the composition of the Finance committee. “I think that the councilors picked the best team and I believe that they are competent enough to manage that aspect of the council. And I am in agreement with it.”
Chase-Green’s comments come in the wake of criticism, because seven APNU+AFC and one Team Legacy councilors were nominated to the committee but the Team Legacy member, Carolyn Caesar-Murray was outvoted as the coalition councilors all stuck to their party’s candidates.
Longstanding People’s National Congress (PNC) member Oscar Clarke is now Chairman of this committee. In addition, APNU+AFC councilors Alfred Mentore, Ivelaw Henry, Yvonne Ferguson, Linda Haley, Sophia Whyte and former Chairman Junior Garrett compose the committee.
On the very day that the councilors and the Finance Committee were sworn in, several Georgetown cleanup workers had been in City Hall compound, loudly demanding that they be paid for labour they had performed weeks ago.
According to the workers, they worked several blocks in the city spanning from Alberttown to Main Street, under a contractor they called Roland Hudson. They claimed that despite doing their duties, they were not paid; they also stated that the contractor would not return their calls and would generally avoid them.
Mayor Chase-Green had promised that when the finance committee met, this would be one of the first things on the agenda.
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