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Despite promises of removal, a local freight barge remains on a Guana Cay beach since being stranded there during Hurricane Irene in August 2011. The council has determined that they will seek directions from the Attorney General’s office as they look to have the barge moved. Baker’s Bay submitted plans for a garbage incinerator for approval. The incinerator will be primarily for the resort; however, they are open to handling some community waste. The plans have already been approved by the Ministry of Works and Department of Environmental Health.

Hope Town District Council

Despite promises of removal, a local freight barge remains on a Guana Cay beach since being stranded there during Hurricane Irene in August 2011. The council has determined that they will seek directions from the Attorney General’s office as they look to have the barge moved.

Baker’s Bay submitted plans for a garbage incinerator for approval. The incinerator will be primarily for the resort; however, they are open to handling some community waste. The plans have already been approved by the Ministry of Works and Department of Environmental Health.

Mr. Sweeting said he would like submitted in writing from Baker’s Bay that they will take care of some community waste. He said they will also look over the proposal and deliberate before coming to a conclusion.

Tony Albury, President of the Man-O-War Community Association (MOWCA), made a brief presentation.

“We’re in the process of doing some renovations to the dock in Man-O-War; we’re trying to clean up some of the stuff that’s been left there about a year which is against fences and is rotting down the fences.” He said, “The non-usable wood chips have been there over a year.”

“What we’re proposing is that we allocate spaces instead of putting them all over the place, we just allocate a space for different bins.”

Mr. Sweeting responded by saying, “Maybe we’ll bring [the contractor] in and discuss this with him and see what resolution we can come to.”

Mr. Albury called the recent appeal a travesty of justice – Minister of Agriculture and Local Government Minister V. Alfred Grey recently heard an appeal on the Man-O-War dump contract and overturned the decision of the Hope Town District Council. The decision was also contrary to a petition signed by roughly 75% of Man-O-War Cay residents.

MOWCA was asking the Council to enlist their help to oversee the rest of the dump. They asked to put the contractor’s bins in a designated area and they would oversee the rest of the point, have it cleaned up and manage it. The current contract will not be interfered with, they said. The current contractor will put his bins in a designated space that is easy to get to and would have some input on where they go. MOWCA said they could oversee the rest of the point and if private business wanted to be there they would be given a designated spot as well.

Right now the entire point is being utilized for two bins. The MOWCA already manages all the dock slips that are there, collect revenue and do projects in the community.

The council also discussed the continued erosion of the Dune Road. Hope Town members agreed that if something is not soon done the road would need to be closed due to the hazardous condition. The council visited the area to see the extent of erosion. It was suggested that the council petition central government as the situation warrants more attention.

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Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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