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By Sharmain CornettePrivate garbage disposal contractors – Cevons Waste Management Incorporated and Puran Brothers Disposal Service – yesterday turned down a $6M offer from City Hall, representing part payment of the amount owed to them.At a meeting with the contractors, Acting City Treasurer Andrew Meredith revealed that the contractors together are owed a total of $6M for the collection of garbage at the municipal markets. The contractors yesterday halted their operation at the Stabroek Market and plan to withdraw their service from the Bourda Market tomorrow.Public Relations Officer, Royston KingAs such it was proposed by the municipality that a total of $3M be paid to each contractor with the understanding that they will receive additional funds when it becomes available.However, the contractors both refused the proposal leaving the municipal officials to engage other measures to address the situation at the markets, which according to Public Relations Officer, Royston King,Cheap Jerseys, could be a challenge.“We are working feverishly to put contingency plans in place. We hope by tomorrow (today) we will be able to get in working order a skip truck which we will use to clean the market places and also some semi dumpsites in the city.”Also the municipality is planning to take advantage of an offer from MACORP to make available a bulldozer which will allow the municipality to engage grading of the dumpsite should Crawler and Wheeler halt its operation too.No representative from Crawler and Wheeler,NFL Jerseys Supply, the firm contracted to grade the dumpsite, attended the meeting yesterday. The municipality had been informed that the company plans to engage strike action today.This newspaper understands that the decision to pay came out of an emergency heads of department meeting yesterday afternoon, a development which was confirmed by King. The meeting, he said, was intended to plan some strategic interventions, particularly in the area of public health.It has been recognised,Wholesale Jerseys, according to King, that the ‘pile up’ of garbage which is evident in several sections of the city, has enormous potential for public health problems. “Given our fragile systems in the city in the area of drainage and other public health systems we need to really move quickly before the situation gets completely out-of-hand.”King stated that as part of the municipality’s strategic intervention, there is the need to look at vector control, which will see the relevant workers playing a lead role in spraying various places where there is a high potential for the breeding of mosquitoes and the proliferation of flies, roaches and rodents. “This will call for a bit of community mapping because we need to map to see where we have the pile ups and how quickly we can abate these nuisances in various parts of the city.”The meeting was also intended to discuss the possibility of putting in place a semi-transit disposal made up of trailers, where citizens could dump their garbage which will eventually be removed by municipal workers to the dumpsite.City Council is also examining the proposal to encourage residents, who have the space, to bury garbage in their yards, a move which will help to enrich the soil and also raise the level of some people’s yards,Andrew Franks Dolphins Jersey, according to King.“It is sort of a landfilling, composting arrangement they will be engaged in, though not in a very scientific way. We would recommend that they bury and not burn their garbage as burning can cause a number of nuisances to their neighbours. So this burying plan is mainly for persons who cannot transport their garbage to the landfill site.”However, if persons can neither bury nor transport their garbage they are being urged to spray it with a solution of disinfectant and place it in proper plastic bags until the municipality resumes its normal collection.Additionally, business operators are being urged not to throw their garbage on to the roadside.The current breakdown in garbage collection, King underscored, goes much deeper than just finding the money to pay contractors as the public health aspect can result in many social and economic problems. “This is why we are asking citizens to cooperate with us even though we don’t have the money. We are trying as best as possible to salvage the situation while we are trying to garner all of the money to pay our contractors.”Through its recently introduced amnesty initiative,Cheap NHL Adidas Jerseys, King said that it is anticipated that the municipality will be able to receive substantial funds, adding that “it is crucial that we get every cent that is owed to us.” As such he noted that the municipality is urging all citizens especially the “big business owners” to come forward and make full use of the amnesty offer. “We are surprised that some of them have not come in to pay us so we are urging them to make full use so that we can garner a significant amount of funds, not only to pay contractors, but to honour our other financial obligations. In a matter of days we will need an additional $70M to pay workers’ salaries.”The cash-strapped City Council though unable to deliver itself from the current garbage crisis, on Monday offered its no objection for a sum of $100,000 to be made available to offset the expenses that will be incurred when four staffers travel to Anna Regina next week.The purpose of the visit is to have the municipal Steel Orchestra participate in the 39th observance of Anna Regina as a township,Cheap NHL Jerseys, next week Saturday.A letter from Anna Regina’s Interim Management Committee requested that the municipal orchestra be made available to serenade its residents during a street fair. In the correspondence it was also highlighted that accommodation would be provided for a visiting delegation.At open council on Monday it was agreed that no more than four persons attend the function and that they be afforded a sum of $100,000.
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