An already cash strapped Georgetown City Council is being asked by two citizens to pay compensation of several million dollars, one by a woman who fell into a poorly secured manhole at the Route #42 bus park and another by a man whose vehicle was stripped after seized by City Constabulary Officers.
Mayor Patricia Chase-Green told Councilors on Monday, during a statutory meeting, that there was a need for employees of the Council to be more meticulous when carrying out works and dealing with the public since the Council could not afford to bear additional financial burdens.
Fifty-one – year old Jenny Boston, a security officer from Henry Street, Werk-en-Rust, has submitted a claim for compensation after she suffered a broken left leg as a result of the fall.
She reportedly fell into the manhole on her way home from the Stabroek Market while walking in the crowded and poorly lit area.
Chase Green said Boston has not submitted all her documents and the Council now awaits a full medical report before they can review her claim and decide on the best possible way forward.
Interestingly, Boston’s claim for compensation is being supported by former Town Clerk, Carol Sooba in her capacity as a Justice of the Peace.
In another claim, the Council is being asked by a man to pay compensation to the tune of $2 million dollars after his vehicle was stripped while in the care of the Council.
The man’s vehicle was seized but when he went to retrieve it one day later he found a shell. May Chase Green said any officer found guilty will be charged for such an act.
She made a special appeal to constabulary officers, not to harass street vendors for minor infractions.
“Please let us be respectful to those persons offering to sell. We have to be careful how we are pulling in people who are selling lace and socks. We are getting too many complaints […] how can we seize a showcase with two eggball and some channa, please let us put a human face to how we do our jobs,” she said.
She said Officers who are found to be “kicksing down” and damaging the property of citizens will be surcharged and penalized as she urged workers to show respect and adhere to principle.