Town Clerk of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, (M&CC) Royston King has revealed that the doling out of $100M in contracts to clean up Le Repentir Cemetery was deemed a matter of emergency.
The issue came to the fore during a recent M&CC media tour. The tour of major project sites was spearheaded by M&CC’s Department of Engineering earlier this month.
During the walk about, Assistant City Engineer, Rasheed Kellman revealed that an overall phase of cemetery restoration amounted to more than $100M. But contracts of that quantum should by law be up for public tender, except in cases of an emergency.
Without delving into the details of how the contracts were distributed, King told reporters yesterday that the cleanup of the cemetery was a matter of emergency.
Asked what constitutes the emergency, King said that anything that threatens the lives of citizens is so deemed.
The Town Clerk however did not explain further. He instead directed reporters to the Public Relations Officer, adding that a statement will soon be disseminated to the press to address all matters of concern.
During the site visit, the Assistant City Engineer had explained that works have already started in the cemetery to upgrade roads, clean drains and remove overgrowth.
A significant part of the contract for the restoration project, Kellman said, entails “clearing of all entrances and exits, desilting of drains, weeding tomb areas, grading parapet shoulders.
The engineer was however unable to explain how the contractors were selected for the project. There are plans to open cemetery roads, install gates, street lights and a new fence. There is also a proposal to create more burial space.
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