Jul 07, 2016 News
The Georgetown Mayor and City Council wishes to clarify that the cost per hour of parking in the Capital City will not be $500 as is being reported.
It had been expressed many times by representatives of the contracted companies that the price for a rotation of 15 minutes will cost $125 which amounts to $500 per hour. Despite these revelations, the M&CC in an issued statement yesterday stated that it wished to clear the air on this supposed inaccuracy.
According to the Council it is unfortunate that dissatisfaction within the Council has led to stakeholders publicly airing concerns rather than approach the membership of the Municipal body.
Mayor Green had stated on previous occasions that it was not wise for persons to express their concerns on social media and seek their answers using reputable search engines such as Google and Wikipedia when investigating the contracted companies.
Investigations done by Kaieteur News had revealed that one of the companies involved did not occupy an office at the address it displayed on its website.
The Council credits these actions for creating a media frenzy which peddled incorrect information. Parking will cost citizens way less than $500, the council is saying.
During the first press conference held upon the Mayor’s return from Panama, she did state that the cost per rotation will be subject to negotiations between the Municipality and the companies, National Parking Systems and Smart City Solutions Inc.
The Council recognizes that such a project might not attract positive reviews from all sections of society. To this end the Council believes that despite the negative views, it should be noted that the intention to implement parking meters in the city was on the agenda of Council for quite some time.
The M&CC is asking for persons to look beyond and see the project as a benefit for the city and the country at large. The Council cited benefits such as increased revenue and employment for citizens.
The Council is of the view that the meters will change the landscape of the city. It noted that for the project to be successful it requires changes in the attitudes of people and their behaviours.
Additionally, the Council noted that it is currently dealing with internal damages which the supposed misinformation has caused.
Currently, the contract is with the Attorney-General Basil Williams for review.
Prior to this, the contract was reviewed by the Minister of Finance Winston Jordan. It is expected that if any illegalities are revealed after the review has been completed; the cabinet will take necessary action based on the advice of the AG.
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