Exorbitant vending fees threatening Mash celebrations
Deputy Mayor Patricia Chase-Green is upset at the manner in which fees for vending on Mashramani Day were exorbitantly raised by the Town Clerk Carol Sooba without the council’s permission.
“This administration is charging people and it is defeating the purpose of Mash. It was never the intention to exploit people…,” Chase-Green, Chairman of the City Council’s Social Deve-lopment Committee, told a news conference yesterday. “Mash is a national event; any cost should be minimal to gain back what we would have expended. But to set a target every year to say you want to make X amount of money is not the right thing to do as is being done now. The Town Clerk, without discussion with the councillors decided that she is going to change the situation.”