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Contractors reluctant to work until paid for previous jobs - Min. Vanterpool

-Opposition says owing contractors is nothing new
December 21st, 2011 | Tags: Julian Fraser HOA parking lot Mark Vanterpool debt owed
Hon. Vanterpool claimed he recently spoke to one contractor about the paving of the Hospital parking lot (in picture), who informed him that he was already owed by Government. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Ministry for Communications and Works is in debt to several contractors, who are now reluctant to take on any other jobs until they are paid monies owed to them, Hon. Mark Vanterpool disclosed to the House of Assembly today, Wednesday December 21, 2011.

“It then impedes the progress that we need to do in certain cases when we want to get certain projects done as quickly as possible. Now I have to figure out how I am going to manage with this situation or am I going to go a different route to get the work done,” the Communications and Works Minister stated during his contribution in debating the Appropriation Act, 2011 (Act No.1 of 2011).

Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith on Monday, December 19, 2011, tabled in the HOA the supplementary estimates for the recurrent expenditure of $9,991,800 to be charged against the Consolidated Fund of the Territory and $8,991,800 be charged against the Development Fund of the Territory by way of funds transferred from the Consolidated Fund.

Hon. Vanterpool stated that recently he spoke to one contractor about the paving of the Hospital parking lot, who informed him of the monies owed.

He added, “One of the bills came up to $600,000 plus and they could not have been paid because the work they had done was right before the election. The nice road we have in Sea Cows Bay that was paved, $600,000 plus. Madame Speaker that is the number I got and I don’t know where it came from but we can be corrected, but that is the number I am told is owed for the project. There are other projects that are owed to a lot of people like that.”

In addition to that, Hon. Vanterpool noted that he was given a book by the Public Works Department (PWD) which revealed that there is $13.7M worth of contracts left to be carried out.

“All the works on those contacts have not been done but that was presented to me. That was one thing but the monies owed to people who I am now going to as a Ministry to get the some work done tell me that they ain’t moving until they are paid for other projects,” he emphasised.

However, former Minister for Communications and Works and 3rd District representative, Julian Fraser, RA during his contribution stated there is nothing new about Government owing contractors monies.

“I am surprised that the member said it [paving of the hospital parking lot] was because there was some works done just before elections. Because it was the same contractor who told me that the Government owes him $300,000 for the works done on A O Shirley track and that was done under the [National Democratic Party (NDP)] administration. I don’t know how he missed that,” he added.

7 Responses to “Contractors reluctant to work until paid for previous jobs - Min. Vanterpool ”

  • Music (21/12/2011, 15:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sorry why didnt the VIP government honour the $300k contract on the track? All governments inherit work, contract and financial obligations from their predecessors and have to honour them, or we will never progress.
  • SMH (21/12/2011, 16:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I say pay them the debts owed and then find a new contractor who will do the job. What ever happened to paying in piece work for percentage of completion anyhow. Government needs to pay debts and these contractors need to get things done
    • billy b (22/12/2011, 01:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @SMH, easy for you to say, where are they going to fing the money from???? This sounds just like the republicans in america, not wanting to give a little of themselves to help the state of the country who will one day (God's willing) be there for them in their time of need. When dem contractors overcharging the government for work that is worth pennies, they go laughing straight to the bank. Now the same government need a hand out, they think it hard to help our country back, and when the government turn their backs on them (hiring cheap labour outside) they start to fret and start threatening to vote dem out. Dem sick
  • one eye roster (21/12/2011, 18:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How about starting from the beginning with the NDP paying the people they owe from 2003 to 2007????
  • contractor (21/12/2011, 19:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    but the private sector owe we $$$$ also
  • scape goat (22/12/2011, 00:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the blame ting start...yaaawn
  • Well Sah! (22/12/2011, 08:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So this is Mark's attempt to diplomatically cut of supposed VIP supporters that offer a specialized service in the form of asphalt paving? Same way Myron laid out the foundation for his case to build a new High School when he lamented via media about the poor and deplorable state of the Elmore Stoutt High School. So in view of these ascertions, NDP will replace the present provider of asphalt on the pretense that they refuse to work due to outstanding monies owed, which in turn can be deemed as not being patriotic in light of the our infrastructual needs during the Global Financial Crisis. So that begs the question of whether or not the contractor is really willing to carry out the works or is it really a ploy by the NDP to further divide and conquer the country.

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