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AFC wants parking meter contract suspended; fees maybe hiked in 2019; company can eventually buy lands for garaged parking

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Monday called on the Mayor and City Council to suspend the parking meter project amid mounting concerns by sections of Georgetown’s citizenry about the deal which, among other things, provide for a takeover of lands for paid parking and a possible hike in fees in keeping with inflation.

“The metered parking fee, the garaged parking fee , the parking fin, the booting fee, the towing fee, and the storage fee described in this Article shall be subject to be reset every two tears during the term according to the accumulated adjustment for such period of the national consumer price index or such type of nationally tracked and published index of national inflation,” states the agreement.

Inflation this year is projected at 2.5 percent.

The initial rates plus 14 percent VAT  are GYD$50 per 15 minutes of parking; garaged parking of up t0 GYD$175 per 15 minutes; parking violations GYD$6,000 ; booting fee of GYD$8,000 ;  towing fee of GYD$12,000 and storage fee of GYD$7,000 per 24 hours.

Registering its “serious concern” about the handling of the project from the outset, the AFC said the time has come for City Hall to suspend the implementation of the project and reconsider “pertinent aspects” of a review that had been done by the Finance Ministry.

The AFC also wants City Hall to seek a second “independent review of the contract with GEO Park/ Smart City Solutions.

“The party therefore registers its serious concern with regard to the handling of this project from its inception to its current stage but specifically in terms of the lack of sufficient prior public consultation; the absence of transparency and of a competitive bidding process; the seeming lack of proper planning with regard to exemptions and the pricing and penalty structures,” the AFC said in a statement.

The A Partnership for National Unity/ People’s National Congress Reform-aligned councillors, including Mayor Patricia Chase-Green, support the parking meter system.

While saying it neither supports nor opposes the implementation of paid metered parking in Georgetown and recognises the M&CC’s autonomy and legal right to regularize parking and raise money to “better manage the affairs of the city,” the AFC said it is concerned that the implementation of the parking meter project has advanced without much compromise. That’s despite the AFC raising its concerns through Deputy Mayor Mr. Sherod Duncan.

The AFC argued that the available documentation, suggests that the municipality may have overreached its authority on a number of matters including taxation arrangements, traffic arrangements and road ownership. “The party views this with alarm as it does the apparent exclusivity and monopolization of paid metered parking in the city,” the party said.

The amended agreement virtually guarantees SCS another 20 years after the current contract expires providing the company adequately performs its obligations and subject to the approval of the city “such approval not to be unreasonably withheld.”

The contract provides for SCS to initially install 2,500 meters and phase in more based on demand and public reactions. The agreement further provides for SCS to secure lands to establish garage parking facilities and to eventually purchase those lands. “The concessionaire shall retain the right, at any time during the term, to solicit the City to purchase from the City at a negotiated and fair market price any land which had been previously granted by the City to be used for garage parking operations.”

The agreement, however, does not oblige the M&CC to approve any solicitation for garaged parking operations that SC may request.

  • ChosenNChrist

    Did Mr. Gaskin READ the document? It should never have been signed in the first place!!!

    Mr. Sheron Duncan was right and was the only LOUD voice against this from the inception. We need more of him.

    (cannot bold here, hence the capitals)

  • Gtloyal

    I have traveled extensively throughout Latin America and the average garage parking fee is nowhere near G$50 per hour. It’s far, far less. We are not in a developed country and our earnings are not comparable, so the prices listed are way too high.
    SCS should have been given certain streets of the city, allowing other companies to compete on a street basis.
    What the mayor has done, with the approval of the national government, is sell the city streets to “los bueyes mejicanos”.

    • Col123

      esta mas alla de las heces mexicanas….es nuestra estupido mentalidad PNC en la destruccion de una ciudad…

      • eddie

        back home you been cutting cane , now you cutting Mexican

        • Col123

          Serious take on that Eddie…I did cut cane at age seventeen with eight O levels until my parents got me the hell out of that place at age eighteen… I remember that every day on the golf course… we Guyanese do not have to join any lines to get into heaven… St Peter simply beckons us in to the good life… different from what Grangie promised…

          • eddie

            boy everyone had to do it one leader burn the field down and the other force you to cut it for having the privilege to attend UG,, both of them image should be take away from Guyana lore because they have done so much damage to this country because of there divisive policy and even St Peter will fail if he try to bridge the divide that they leave behind hence the free pass from St Peter LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

      • Maxine Parris-Aaron

        Be brave and say what uou want to say.

      • Gtloyal

        Be careful with your Spanish. That piece can be taken as an insult to the noble Mexican people.
        And thanks to what you call the stupid PNC mentality we now have streets where cars can park and not the PPP’s garbage filled, crow infested lanes where the stench was enough to keep motorists away.
        BTW, what was wrong with cutting cane with 8 GCE as you always mention? Many of us did. During your party’s reign, seven years ago, more or less, a young friend had to accept work on a trawler with 16 passes because his fore parents came from the wrong continent. How do you see that?

        • Col123

          Thank goodness there is a cultural approach to stop destruction of this ci

          • Gtloyal

            Col123, assuming that the Col is derived from the military rank, I’ll ask you this: Were you ever brave enough to shoot straight?

          • Col123

            It’s a CG&SC (Command and General Staff College) thing … keep the adversary guessing. I am better with moving targets. Military was a secondary career.

          • Gtloyal

            Read between the lines.

          • Col123

            So you missed it…..slow moving type target

          • Gtloyal

            Are you sure you are not only seeing what you want to see?
            Do you take snipes at the backs of targets that are moving away from your position?

          • Col123

            several variables GT…depends on ROE (rules of engagement) and based upon defensive or offensive and comedic thoughts…look..I have a hard line social liberal instinct that is beyond ethnic and cultural lines …as I was exposed to the downtrodden of different national origins and cultures over eight years..of my young professional life ..in repayment for my subsidized education.I have mentioned that before…I treasure that invaluable experience.

          • Gtloyal

            Have you done anything to repay your land of birth for you being who you are today? Even if it was only for taking you up to those eight subjects which was the foundation for everything? Or was cutting the few canes enough? Do something, then we can talk. Don’t only find fault everyday.

          • Col123

            My land of birth ethnically cleanse me from it in the early sixties…it is the most inexpensive redemption one can have in terms of indebtedness and loyalty…beyond that, I am grateful to my parents who withstood the test of not bribing any one or converting to another religion for my relief in life.

          • Gtloyal

            If your loyalty is not to Guyana, the land of your birth, then it would only be ethical for you to stop emitting such destructive criticism of our president and government as you at times do. You have renounced your right to do so.

          • Col123

            Unsettling as it may appear to you, I have ownership of real property in Guyana with rates and taxes that I prepay every year… that gives me the right… I have ruled out the possibility of giving up what my parents toiled and built… and I am generous to other relatives who live there and reap the benefits…Who knows..maybe someday, they will improve that golf course in Lusignan and it may encourage me to bring friends there for some rounds of golf….

          • Gtloyal

            “…and I am generous to other relatives who live there and reap the benefits …”
            But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: So sayeth the good book.
            Surprising, the person you are revealing.

          • Col123

            yure right…I am not earning anything or profit or living off their benefits….everyone there knew that my parents toiled, built and left it there…and so would I in a couple of years..you can call it alms or what ever according to the good books…at least someone is utilizing it productively…

  • Col123

    This AFC statement is a sterile attack on the mayor and PNC. Those PPP are on the political warpath with all them local civil type folks marching against the mayor…so she seh!…The fact is that parking meters will force shoppers out of the city and will be a boost for the economic health of the neighboring villages, where farmers can market their fresh produce, without the transport costs to truck it to the city… the commercialization of GT will continue to exacerbate and represent the pig pen that it is

  • Anil Persaud

    Sherod and some other people should be recognized for having the courage to think and act independent of party lines .the Guyana constitution need to be amended to allow people to contest elections as independents then we will see the potential of Guyana

  • Gtloyal

    Why didn’t you say that we could sell that white thing that the last two used to encourage the people to sell? Guess you want the incumbent to free that up again, right?