PNP, JLP councillors differ on Westmoreland resolution

BY CLAUDIENNE EDWARDS
Observer writer
edwardsc@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Councillors of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) were split along party lines last week on a resolution from the Westmoreland municipality, in which it is seeking support for the verification of services provided by agencies being paid from property taxes.

In the end, the corporation approved the recommendation made by Deputy Mayor Winston Ennis for the resolution to be noted.

The People's National Party (PNP) councillors voted in support of the resolution.

Moved by Councillor Cebert McFarlane, the resolution, passed by the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation on September 14, requested that:

“Before allocation is paid over to these agencies, the municipal corporation verify that the required services were provided.”

The resolution was seconded by Councillor Danree Delancy.

The councillors pointed out that a percentage of property tax collected in Westmoreland was dedicated to the National Solid Waste Management Authority monthly, to provide garbage collection services. The corporation also contributed funds to pay for street lights, officials said.

However, citizens complained that “services being offered by these agencies are not satisfactorily being done”, the councillors said.

Minority leader of the PNP, Andrew Swaby, argued that the resolution should be supported.

He said that garbage collection in Kingston and St Andrew was not being done properly.

“The city is dirty,” he said.

Swaby said that many of the street lights in the municipality are not working. He said that, in discussions with the KSAMC, the Jamaica Public Service Company had said that when street lights go out they should be repaired in 16 days.

“In reality, the street lights were not being repaired within the time frame promised,” Swaby said.

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