From Bad to Worse at the OW Town Council - 10/19/12 01:36 PM
Kevin Bernard drooling
It appears that not a single week can go by without bad news coming out of the Orange Walk Town Council. In the first week of October, the Orange Walk Town Council reported that a number of traffic Stickers had been stolen from the town board's offices. At the time, the Mayor admitted that the traffic Stickers had been placed in an unsecure filing cabinet that was accessible to anyone. That allowed for anywhere between $11,250 and $20,000 worth of license stickers to be stolen.
Since that incident took place, there are multiple complaints coming from the residents of Orange Walk Town, who claim that the council's incompetence is now beginning to become chronic with no maintenance taking place on any of the streets. The problem has become so disastrous that most, if not all, of the streets in Orange Walk have been left to develop potholes. When the town board finally decides to fix these streets, they would be unsalvageable. The same can be said about drains in the municipality; there is little or no maintenance on them. The traffic lights too cannot be repaired going for months without them functioning. And the neglect by the Orange Walk Mayor is reflected in the financials, which the town council posted on its website. When it was available, (since we last reported on it, the financials have become unavailable on the website) the financials showed severe underperformance in the council's revenue streams with trade license and liquor license collections hitting an all-time low, not even coming close to what was projected to be collected. The financials also showed that there was next to nothing spent on maintenance of streets, drains, the cemetery or garbage dump yet salaries and wages more than doubled. Also increasing exponentially were expenses for contracts given to cronies, including computer repairs which saw over 6 thousand dollars spent on a single month when all that was allocated was 34 dollars.
The mismanagement at the council is now worse than ever as reports reaching The Guardian indicate that they cannot make payroll for the middle of October. Things have really gone to the dogs at the council. Apparently, the top-heavy council that is also stuffed to capacity with cronies, who include very close relatives to the mayor and councilors, simply cannot handle the wage bill.