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MoBay new mayor targeting garbage disposal

Published:Thursday | December 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:

For the second time since his appointment, Montego Bay's new mayor, Councillor Homer Davis, has announced plans to meet with members of the city's business community to discuss the contentious issue of improper waste management and unlawful disposal of garbage.

Speaking during Monday's special meeting of the St James Municipal Corporation, Davis said that Montego Bay could not afford to remain in its perpetually unclean state, where garbage is thrown into gullies and on the roadside in breach of the Solid Waste Act.

"There is no doubt that the citizens of this parish think that Montego Bay should not be in the state it is in now, and at this municipal corporation, we are determined to give the city a fresh look and a fresh smell for the betterment of our city and this parish," said Davis. "This is why the committees are very important, because we will be bringing all the business entities together to discuss how, and by what means, they dispose of their garbage."

Davis also noted that Montego Bay's physical environment as a whole must be made appealing to citizens who conduct their daily business in the second city.

"The city of Montego Bay is really where the citizenry comes into on a daily basis, and it is a centre that must be in such a state that when they come in, they can be proud that the city looks good. So, it is based on that, why we are proceeding this way," noted Davis.

 

MEETING OF THE MINDS

 

The mayor had previously expressed his intention to meet with Montego Bay's business owners during a recent press conference, which he chaired shortly after he and the members of his administration were sworn into office.

"I need to have a meeting with all these Chinese shop operators and the business community in Montego Bay, to let them tell me how they dispose of their garbage, because if I ask the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) to go there, they would send a truck and clean it up, but by tomorrow, the same thing reoccurs. We need to start looking at the cause and not the symptom," Davis said at the time.

Over the past decade, several stakeholders in Montego Bay have voiced concern about the recurring problem of improper garbage disposal, which affects public health and also impacts on the level of flooding during heavy rains due to blocked drains.