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Payment schedule being devised to settle Gov't's debt with JPS

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2016 | 4:38 AM
Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, says a payment schedule is also being devised for the settling of the debt owed by the government to the JPS for powering streetlights.

The Ministry of Local Government says a framework is being worked out with the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) for the management of the country’s network of streetlights.

At the same time, Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, says a payment schedule is also being devised for the settling of the debt owed by the government to the JPS for powering streetlights.

The JPS is owed in excess of $3.7 billion for streetlights.

In a release, McKenzie said the agreements are among measures that came out a meeting held yesterday between the parties to discuss issues related to the country’s streetlights.

McKenzie also says it was agreed that the JPS will provide the local government ministry with monthly reports on streetlights repaired and installed on a community-by-community basis and that the parties will hold monthly meetings on the matter.

He points out that there are 105,000 streetlights across the island.

He says at yesterday’s meeting the JPS indicated that repairs were carried out on more than 26,000 streetlights between 2015 and 2016.

Meanwhile, the local government minister says arising from the meeting it was also agreed that plans for the implementation of the replacement of existing inefficient streetlights with a smart LED-based streetlight system should be advanced.

McKenzie says steps will be taken to set up a streetlight help desk at the local government ministry.