The Hope Town District Council met on Saturday, August 31 to tackle the business of the communities of Guana Cay, Man-O-War and Hope Town including the final plans for a community library and concerns over the transportation of waste to the mainland.
Members of the Council expressed consternation at holding the meeting on a Saturday which the Chief Councillor, Jeremy Sweeting, explained was out of his control stating that his employer had decided to not allow him to have time off for Council meetings.
According to Mr. Sweeting, Abacays – the company responsible for transporting waste from Hope Town to the Central Abaco Dump – has not been paid for two months and is considering discontinuing their service if not paid soon.
Mr. Sweeting said that the Council had received word from Minister of the Environment, Ken Dorsett, that the responsibility for transportation for waste from the cays would be taken over by the Department of Environmental Health Services and they subsequently have received a cut to their budget to reflect that decision.
He noted that Minister Dorsett was scheduled to meet with him soon and he was hopeful that they would sort out the situation before it came to that.
A second home-owner of Hope Town is donating the funds for the construction of a new library for the community. The Council reviewed and approved the plans totaling just over $400,000 and are looking forward to the project’s much anticipated completion.
Nicholas Sands of Man-O-War submitted a proposal in person to the Council to repair the road to ‘Down Through’ as it has fallen into disrepair and many residents drive the road daily. The proposed repairs, which will cost about $9,300 and take about two weeks to complete, were approved by the Council.
A second home-owner seeking to expand his front porch presented his case to The Council. The porch extension would bring it two feet from the edge of the road. Mr. Sweeting noted that the set-backs accepted in the historic district of the island are four feet, and the Council agreed that two feet would be too close; however, deferred the plan as they did a site tour after the meeting.
Lee McCoy sent a proposal to the Council to hold a 242 Color Run marathon in Hope Town on December 28. The five kilometer marathon event is currently held in Nassau annually and is seeking to expand to Abaco and Grand Bahama. The Council approved the event.