No word from city on set­tle­ment of $300M debt, Cevons, Pu­ran Bros say

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

Six weeks after they with­drew their ser­vices due to City Hall’s fail­ure to pay hun­dreds of mil­lions in ar­rears, garbage col­lec­tion com­pa­nies Cevons Waste Man­age­ment Inc. and Pu­ran Broth­ers Waste Dis­posal Inc. are yet to hear from the Mayor and City Coun­cil (M&CC) on set­tling its debt to them.

“They haven’t reached out to us and it is dis­re­spect­ful to be treated this way,” Morse Archer, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Cevons Waste Man­age­ment Inc., said.

De­spite the sit­u­a­tion, Archer said he re­mains op­ti­mistic that they would be able to en­gage in dis­cus­sions with the city’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to move for­ward.

The com­pa­nies are owed over $300 mil­lion in to­tal for work dat­ing back to 2015.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Kalesh­war Pu­ran, Gen­eral Man­ager for Pu­ran Broth­ers Waste Dis­posal Inc. said that his com­pany has also been try­ing in vain to con­tact city of­fi­cials. “We haven’t been in­vited to meet with them and we are call­ing the phones but it keeps ring­ing out. They are not telling us any­thing,” he said in an in­vited com­ment. “I think this is wrong. We have worked and trans­formed the garbage sit­u­a­tion and they have not con­tacted us as yet...,” he added.

Pu­ran said he is hope­ful that “good­ness would pre­vail and they meet with us,” while not­ing that be­cause of the non-pay­ment his com­pany’s cash flow has been sti­fled and this has led to a bad re­la­tion­ship with a bank to which it is in­debted.

Mean­while, Mayor Pa­tri­cia Chase-Green re­cently said that the coun­cil has not “dis­cussed the way for­ward yet to see where we can find the money to pay the con­trac­tors and we have to look at it and we are looking at all ar­eas of our rev­enue.”

How­ever, the mayor as­sured that the ad­min­is­tra­tion would en­gage in a full dis­cus­sion with the com­pa­nies soon. Al­though she said Town Clerk Roys­ton King has been in con­tact with Archer, up to the time this pub­li­ca­tion spoke with the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor he said that his com­pany had not been con­tacted since it with­drew its ser­vices. “We have to speak to them. They have given us ser­vice for over 20 years and we can’t just cut them off,” ChaseGreen said.

Since the with­drawal by both com­pa­nies, the City Hall and three small con­trac­tors it hired have as­sumed re­spon­si­bil­ity for col­lec­tion in the city’s wards.

Roys­ton King

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