Span­ish Town mayor re­duces the num­ber of coun­cil­lors at meet­ings

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Ruddy Mathi­son/Gleaner Writer

CHAIR­MAN OF the St Cather­ine Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, Nor­man Scott, has re­duced the num­ber of coun­cil­lors who can phys­i­cally at­tend gen­eral coun­cil meet­ings, a move he said is de­signed to ad­here to ex­ist­ing pro­to­cols re­lat­ing to so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

The Parish Coun­cil Act re­quires that meet­ings of the coun­cil should not be con­vened un­less there is a two-thirds ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors present.

How­ever, Scott, who is also mayor of Span­ish Town, has made a de­ci­sion that only 16 of the 41 coun­cil­lors in the parish can at­tend a gen­eral meet­ing of the cor­po­ra­tion. The Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity and the health depart­ment are the only two agencies that are al­lowed to at­tend.

“Due to the pro­to­col out­lined by the prime min­is­ter re­lat­ing to so­cial dis­tanc­ing, the first 16 coun­cil­lors will be al­lowed in the meet­ing room at any time,” Scott stated.

He said those who ar­rived af­ter will be al­lowed to sign, and if there is any va­cancy, they will be al­lowed in. The re­main­ing coun­cil­lors are al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate vir­tu­ally, ac­cord­ing to him.

Scott, who was mak­ing the chair­man’s an­nounce­ments at last week Thurs­day’s gen­eral coun­cil meet­ing, said that there is a recog­ni­tion that the parish is slowly re­turn­ing to nor­mal with the eas­ing of re­stric­tions by the Government, but there should be no let-up on the pro­to­cols de­signed to curb the virus.


“I have asked the min­istry to place town criers in ma­jor towns to con­stantly re­in­force the pro­to­cols, be­cause these things can­not be overem­phasied,” he said.

Ad­dress­ing the hur­ri­cane sea­son that has al­ready started, Scott said the parish has to be pre­pared for any eventualit­y.

“I have once again asked the Of­fice of Disas­ter Pre­pared­ness and Emer­gency Man­age­ment to en­sure that the warn­ing sys­tem in Old Har­bour Bay is up and run­ning so that res­i­dents can be alerted to any emerg­ing weather sys­tems, given their prox­im­ity to the sea.”

The chair­man also paid trib­ute to the late Min­is­ter of Labour and So­cial Se­cu­rity Shahine Robin­son, who died re­cently from can­cer.


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