Man-O-War members of the Hope Town District Council, Tad Sands, resigned from local government and the Deputy Chief Councillor, Harold Malone, stepped down from his position on the Council during the group’s first meeting of the year.
Both Mr. Malone and Mr. Sands cited personal and work related issues for their decisions. Members wished Mr. Sands all the best and are hopeful of finding a new member to replace the now vacant seat for Man-O-War on the Council.
Hope Town member of Council, Donnie Carey, was nominated unopposed and was sworn in as the new deputy Chief Councillor. Mr. Carey thanked the Councillors for their faith in him and said “I will do my best to not disappoint and look forward to working together.”
Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting thanked Mr. Malone for his dedicated service as Deputy Chief Councillor and said that Mr. Carey’s dedication has not gone unnoticed, and is “sure he will serve well.”
Due to a number of Port related issues that needed resolution, the Chief Port Officer Marques Williams, was invited to the meeting. They discussed issues pertaining to several docks located in Hope Town and Guana Cay, and also reviewed a situation involving moorings in Man-O-War.
While Mr. Williams explained the Port’s policies regarding the various issues, he noted where there is no definitive policy he would defer to the Council’s decision.
Mr. Sweeting requested permission to spend up to $250 to have branches from a tree on an adjacent property that have grown over the Man-O-War Primary School’s roof. There is concern that if the branches are not trimmed it will accelerate the rotting of the roof which would be a far greater expense.
The Administrator, Preston Cunningham, suggested they send a letter to the owner of the property the tree is on. Mr. Sweeting said the home owner is not often there and felt the need to trim is too urgent to wait. They agreed to send a letter to the owner with bill for the trimming included.
Mr. Sweeting noted a request for bids was put out for road work in Man-O-War; however, they only received one bid. He suggested that the one bid which totaled $66,000 be sent to Central Government as it was beyond their budget.