General Manager Dunley Auguste told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview that management is currently evaluating four bids for electrical works at the Deglos landfill.
“The report has been circulated to evaluation teams for agreement before we return it to the Central Tenders Board with a recommendation,” Auguste explained.
This entire process is expected to be completed by next month. The authority is looking to have its recommendation submitted for the next board meeting, scheduled for October 15.
“As soon as we have the amount from the recommendation at the Central Tenders Board, we will feed that information to the Ministry of Finance, to arrange an advance,” he added.
Subsequent to that, the authority plans to commence the electrical work. In the meantime, the authority will also make contact with the supplier to assist with the commissioning.
“We are confident that the machine will be commissioned before the end of this year. It should allow us to start shredding and getting rid of the risk of fire and mosquitoes,” he added.
Auguste told SNO that the authority was looking forward to an earlier date, but explained that certain procedures must be followed in order to secure the finance needed to execute repairs.
Meanwhile, Auguste said the authority is also actively engaged in reducing the mosquito population at the landfill.
“We sprayed about four week’s non-stop and we took a break to be able to assess the population to see what frequency it will continue. So we are spraying,” he added.
The accumulation of hundreds of used tyres at the landfill has been a major concern for residents and is blamed for breeding mosquitoes in the area. The breakdown of two small tyre shredders has been blamed for the pile-up of tyres.
The authority had purchased the high-capacity shredder in early 2012 to deal with the pile-up. Unfortunately, the installation of this new machine requires very costly new electrical installations at Deglos for which the authority had no funds.