CITY HALL, GUYSUCO AND THE PARKING METER.
Date: 10th August,2016
If the Georgetown Mayor and City Council don’t get its act together soon it will end up like GUYSUCO: Corrupt, Bankrupt and a Burden on the Guyanese taxpayer.
Following the May 2015 general elections and the subsequent holding of local government elections ten months later in March 2016, the city of Georgetown elected a new council after some twenty years. The new councilors who represents various communities in Georgetown known as Constituencies, had the burden of finding answers for the many demands of their constituencies. These demands includes; better roads, better drainage, better security, better waste disposal services and an improve services delivery system.
As such, the mayor and councilors is under severe pressure to implement projects and programs that will bring relief to the people of Georgetown.
This is where the parking meter project gains permanence. Despite various criticisms, the parking meter project that is being implemented by the Georgetown Mayor and City council is a modern idea that will generate much needed finances for the council. It will enable the council to implement important projects to aid in the development and modernization of the Capital City.
The major focus of the parking meter project, which will be installed and operated by Smart City Solutions a Mexican company -is to generate revenue for the council and ease traffic congestion in the city.
Additionally, a second major focus will be direct employment for more than 100 persons who would be employed as: enforcement officers, ticketing agents and office staff among others.
Sadly, as in any underdeveloped and uneducated society CHANGE is myopic. Such is the reaction by many to this new and modern idea.
While many will argue for a more holistic approach from the council that would’ve address parking, traffic congestion and ease of movement in the city of Georgetown, the financing is just not available for such. As such, the city has to seek investors like SMART CITY SOLUTIONS which has the necessary financing.
The mayor and City council of Georgetown has had numerous financial challenges over the years. These includes: late payment of staff, electricity disconnections by GPL, non-maintenance of city properties; City Hall, Markets, abattoir and many other challenges.
These challenges can only be overcome through prudent financial initiatives and solutions. The parking meter project is one such initiative and it will alleviate some the financial challenges facing city Hall.
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