SEVERAL city councillors on Monday complained that the administrative arm of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), headed by Town Clerk Royston King fails to carry out the decisions of council and of the various committees. Calls have also been made for the errant officers to go.
The complaints came forth when the issue of meat being sold on the street corners was raised. Although vendors at the Albouystown Market were warned against this practice, it continues to be a norm on ‘market day’ every Sunday.
Councillor Oscar Clarke stood up to say that it was virtually unclear who has the responsibility of dealing with the vendors.
But Councillor Andrea Marks said that if the Town Clerk allowed the various heads of departments to do their job, “things would go good.”
Councillor Bishram Kuppen offered that the decisions made at Council were usually handed over to the administration, and hence, it was up to the Town Clerk to identify which department would ensure that they were carried out.
Councillor Lionel Jaikarran, who is also head of the Markets and Public health Committee, offered that the committee met regularly and made decisions but that none of those were being implemented. “I hold the Town Clerk responsible,” he too lamented.
Meanwhile, Councillor Phillip Smith also referred to the problem of getting the administration to carry out the decisions of the council.
He offered that for the past eight months, the council has asked the Engineer’s Department for a list of projects that it is undertaking. The administration has however “bluntly refused” to provide such a list.
Smith said a facility needed to be put in place to ensure the sanctioning of officers when they did not implement those decisions.
“It’s time we start sending some people home,” Smith said to huge applause.