Jul 21, 2016 News
Mayor Patricia Chase-Green said, yesterday, that under the City Bylaws, the Council does not
provide for a vehicle to be designated to the Deputy Mayor.
She noted that during her tenure as Deputy Mayor she was never issued a vehicle.
Her comment came in the wake of a recent article in Kaieteur News that since coming into office on April 1, Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan had not been granted a vehicle or a driver. Instead he has been forced to do his duties on a bicycle.
Mayor Chase-Geen said that she is not aware of a miscellaneous items allowance or a phone bill allowance for the Deputy’s Office but instead mentioned that every three months, $60,000 is approved for the Mayor’s Office to purchase toiletries, stationery and refreshments. These items, she maintained, are normally shared with the Deputy Mayor’s Office.
The couch which was said to be discarded by former Mayor Hamilton Greene but ended up being placed into Duncan’s office was always in the Mayor’s Office, according to Mayor Chase-Green. She continued that the couch that is in Duncan’s office is much better that the one she had during her tenure as Deputy Mayor.
The issue of security not being provided at the residence of Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan was pointed out by this publication. Chase-Green replied that since the Deputy Mayor does not own the property on which he currently resides, permission would have to be granted by the landlord.
She said that this issue was discussed at the orientation of all Councillors. The Deputy was told to get
the necessary permission needed for a security hut and bathroom facilities to be constructed at his residence.
The Mayor said that to date, the Deputy has not brought in any form of permission in order for the facilities to be put in place. She posited that perhaps the Deputy Mayor had come into office with too many expectations.
Town Clerk Royston King speaking to this publication via telephone said that he made it clear to all Councillors that their job is a voluntary one and that they should never believe that they are entitled to any kind of benefits.
He further said that the vehicles that are used by the City Treasurer, Solid Waste Management Director, Chief Constable and City Engineer are all departmental vehicles designated for those respective departments ever since they were purchased.
He added that in the presence of the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor is an ordinary Councillor.
“The service of City Councillors is embedded in voluntarism.” He refuted that the Deputy Mayor is being
victimised because of his opposition to the controversial Parking Meter deal.
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