Renegotiated parking contract among options floated by city’s review committee

-says SCS failed to provide proof of ‘inflated’ investment

A parking meter on Church Street

After finding that concessionaire Smart City Solutions (SCS) vastly inflated estimates of its capital investment in the Georgetown metered parking project, the Mayor and City Council’s Negotiating Committee has warned against proceeding with the venture without a renegotiation of the contract.

The 25-page final report of the committee, which was seen by Sunday Stabroek, recommends five options for the council, including continuing with the project with SCS, albeit with a renegotiated contract, or alternatively discontinuing the project by rescinding the contract and leaving the city without metered parking.

The other recommendations are that the council continue with the project in accordance with the law by rescinding the contract and proceeding with a system in line with the process outlined in the Municipal and District Councils Act; or continue with the project independently by rescinding the contract and setting up its own parking system; or await the outcome of the pending court challenges to the legality of the contract. “Council has the option of requesting a further suspension of the implementation of the metered parking system, pending the outcome of the court proceedings,” it says, while adding that using the court ruling as a legal guide, the council will then have the option of using one of the other recommendations…..


I have never signed any Gecom contract in my capacity of Deputy Chief Election Officer and PRO

Dear Editor, Kindly publish my response, as follows, with regard to an anonymous letter published by the Guyana Chronicle on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, under the caption ‘Will the Auditor General investigate the deputy chief elections officer?’ Editor, this letter is the second deliberate attempt aimed at besmirching my integrity, obviously with clandestine objectives. 

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Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond

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