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The Hope Town District Council noted that were upset with delays in appointing members to the council when met to discuss matters and review applications at their regular monthly meeting on November 15.

Some Hope Town District Council Positions Remain Vacant

The Hope Town District Council noted that were upset with delays in appointing members to the council when met to discuss matters and review applications at their regular monthly meeting on November 15.

After two Man-O-War members resigned their posts, a nomination day was held in April of 2015. No nominees came forward, as a result the Department of Local Government has the power to appoint a member and would seek the recommendation of the Council for names to fill the positions.

The Hope Town District Council, normally a seven member board (one from Guana Cay, three each from Man-O-War and Hope Town), currently has only four members.

Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting expressed he was upset that the process continues to be delayed as the latest issue involves the Department of Local Government and the Parliamentary Registrar not having a record of the April 2015 nomination day.

Senior Island Administrator Charles Moss said that the process could be sped up if they could simply send supporting documents showing that the nomination day was already held and that there were no nominees.

The Administrator mentioned that they are looking to set up registration drives at Maxwell’s Supermarket, and both hardware stores as well as at the airport. He noted that there appeared to be a shortage of funds from the Parliamentary Registrar to afford the local team the ability to travel to the cays for registration.

There was further discussion on an application for a floating bar/take-away before the Council. The Council agreed to seek the feedback of the people on the proposal when they have their town meeting in January as they want to be sensitive to the possible impacts to existing businesses.

According to Mr. Moss the Department of Road Traffic granted three licenses to Richard King of Sea Spray resort for internal use. Mr. King had brought in ten carts citing loss of business during peak season when all carts on the island have been rented out.

Among building plans approved was an amendment on a plan from Baker’s Bay on their community building which would now include space for the Guana Cay Fire Vehicle to be kept inside.

The Council finalized times for tree lighting events on the various cays with Hope Town set for December 9, then Man-O-War Cay on December 10 and finally Guana Cay on December 17.

They also set times for town meetings in January next year starting with Guana Cay on the fifth, Man-O-War on the ninth and Hope Town on the eleventh.

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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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