During the Hope Town District Council meeting on October 19, issues with garbage collection were discussed and plans totaling over $14 million were passed as they dealt with a variety of matters for the district. Nicholas Sands, the contractor responsible for residential garbage collection in Great Guana Cay expressed concerns at not being able to collect payments from vacation rental home owners.
The Hope Town District Council, which is comprised of the communities of Elbow Cay, Man-O-War, Guana Cay and other surrounding cays, held an emergency public meeting on July 23. They announced their budget had been cut by roughly 27 percent. The cut renders the local government for the district impotent and unable to continue necessary services. The Hope Town District Council found this news, which was relayed to them the day before, disheartening. Chief Councilor Jeremy Sweeting said he and his council were indeed expecting cuts, but what they are faced with now is “the biggest and gravest crisis since the inception of local government.”
Arthur Eldon nominated for a seat on the Hope Town District Council to represent Man-O-War, replacing Michael Albury who resigned last fall. Since he was the only one who nominated, an election was not required. He was sworn-in on February 20, 2013, at the Administrator’s office in Marsh Harbour.
During the August 17 meeting of the Hope Town District Council the new Island Administrator, Preston Cunningham, was welcomed as they dealt with budgetary and other matters. Chief Councilor Jeremy Sweeting told Mr. Cunningham that he looks forward to developing a strong working relationship between the council and the new administrator