One of Guyana’s most historic and iconic buildings is falling apart and Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine is making a stronger appeal to private and public agencies to help restore the once picturesque structure.Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj NarineUpon his re-election as Mayor a few days ago, Mayor Narine told the media under leaky roofs within the City Hall building, that the structure which has been neglected over the years is in dire need for repairs, especially since some sections of the structure are labelled unsafe.A deteriorating external section of the buildingA recent study by the European Union has pegged the rehabilitation of the building at over $400 million but as time goes by, the cost increases.However, since then, no significant work was done towards the restoration of the building.Nevertheless, at an event last week, the Mayor appealed to both the private and public sector for aid in restoring the building.“The iconic building, the historic building of this city, it is falling apart which is City Hall. I alone cannot do it as the Mayor, my Council alone cannot do it, we need the Private Sector to play a part, we need private partnership. We need all Guyanese to play a big part to restore City Hall and the only way we can do that is to put our shoulders to the wheel and move forward” he asserted.Most recently, the City Council announced plans to establish a Trust Fund whereby persons can make donations towards the rehabilitation of the building.Speaking to this newspaper on the plans, Mayor Narine conveyed that the fund is currently being established and the City Council is hoping to launch the initiative before February 2020.
“For safety, we have asked our volunteers to stop emptying the unlocked bins,” said Yates.The club has thrown out as much as it has saved from the program as the NPGA pays out of pocket to dispose of the damaged donations.This fundraiser brought in $3000-$5000/year for the club and Yates is very sad to see it go, but for the safety of all involved, she shares, they have not been able to get a handle of the vandalism and dumping of garbage since the issues with the red bins last year.January 31st, 2019 story on the vandalism of the bins; CLICK HERE. Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Gymnastics Association (NPGA) and the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) have jointly agreed to remove all the Blue Bins from Fort St. John due to the constant vandalism of the bins.As of Friday, October 11th, 2019, the clothing collection program will no longer be available.- Advertisement -Chantelle Yates of the NPGA shares, although this has been a fantastic fundraiser for our club for the last two years, unfortunately, the damage to the bins and the safety of our volunteers has become a significant concern and is becoming very costly to NPGA and Diabetes Canada.An ongoing problem for the club was the bins being intentionally and regularly broken into, which created a loss for the club when trying to clean up the soiled and damaged donations.Yates shares the CDA was unable to repair the bins in a timely manner due to the remote location of the bins and in combination with people continuing to drop off donations when the bins were damaged, clothes and donations are scattered causing the donations to lose their value once exposed to the elements and becoming soiled.A concern for Yates and her volunteers was the discovery of needles amongst the damaged donations.Advertisement