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SKYON POLYCARBONATE AWNINGS
Crime and flooding are high on the priority list
for Diego Martin Regional Corporation chairman,
Smith was installed on Tuesday as the corporation s
new chairman, replacing Anthony Sammy.
Re-elected councillor for Richplain Kathy-Ann
Christopher was installed as vice-chairman.
The new chairman, who gave an address at the
swearing-in ceremony at the Patna/River Estate
Community Centre, North Post Road, said he would
ensure there was a clean space and respect for staff
of the corporation.
"It takes two hands to clap and we have a very
close-knit team here, with the ten councillors and
the aldermen," he said, which drew applause from
the audience. He said in the October 21 local gov-
ernment elections there was a close team working
Smith urged the councillors and aldermen to be
prepared for meetings and to come to them with
"fresh ideas and thought processes."
He called for increased communication, both inter-
nally and externally and for the council to be proac-
In his farewell remarks, Sammy said the corporation
was much different now from when he first entered
office in 2010. In 2010, he said, he had $10 million
to fund projects and now the corporation had a $20.4
He said the region was hit with a series of floods
and landslides during his tenure and in each of the
hazards the council learned and adapted itself.
The Disaster Management Unit (DMU) played a
constructive role in strengthening the district s
response capability to disaster, and its resources, he
said, needed to become relevant to all its members.
He urged the new council to contribute to the sus-
tainable development of the region.
Sammy also complained of the salaries given to
councillors, which he described as appalling.
Training, he said, was also necessary and the cor-
poration needed to start looking at experts outside
of the jurisdiction. He said that was the reason he
had two foreign engineers visit Diego Martin to assess
the drainage plan. Sammy described the visit as suc-
cessful and said a draft report had been sent to the
Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management
Calling for the corporation to become number one
among all corporations, he said, good governance
was important to achieving this progress.
A High Court judge has thrown
out the Port-of-Spain City Corpo-
ration s application for a temporary
injunction to stop the Diego Martin
Highway extension project.
The injunction was part of the cor-
poration s substantive case relating
to a dispute over the use of a parcel
of land in Westmoorings.
In dismissing the application on
Tuesday, Justice Frank Seepersad said
the corporation s lawyers made a
mistake when they initially filed it.
He said the error was in listing Works
and Infrastructure Minister Suruj
Rambachan and his ministry s per-
manent secretary Isaac James as par-
ties to the matter.
Referring to the State Liability and
Proceedings Act, Seepersad said
action could not be taken against
either party, as there was no evidence
before the court that either "acted
outside their lawful authority."
He also cited Section 76 of the
Constitution, which says the Office
of the Attorney General should be
named as the respondent in all lit-
igation filed for and against the State.
Seepersad said: "Attorneys have a
responsibility to ensure that their
applications are properly prepared so
the interests of their respective clients
can be properly adjudicated on."
After Seepersad gave his oral deci-
sion, Senior Counsel Avory Sinanan,
who is representing the government
officials, said the dispute was being
discussed by the two parties. He
asked for a short adjournment and
said by the next hearing the parties
would be able to say if they had come
to an agreement or if the substantive
lawsuit would be pursued.
The case was adjourned to Decem-
The corporation is being repre-
sented by John Jeremie, SC, and Ker-
Former chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Anthony Sammy, left, congratulates new
chairman, Daryl Smith on the Patna/River Estate Community Centre at the corporation's swearing-in
ceremony on Tuesday. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
Court refuses injunction
to stop highway extension
New Diego Martin chairman reveals plans
get top priority
The corporation filed the latest
lawsuit for trespass after the
Ministry of Works and
Infrastructure began work on the
highway extension in August.
It is alleging that the ministry and
project co-ordinator were using a
portion of the land to store
equipment and material for the
In its defence, the ministry claims
the intrusion complained of was not
caused by the roadworks and said it
was done by other government
agencies in the aftermath of
serious flooding in Diego Martin in
The disputed land, sometimes
referred to as the Cocorite Farm, is
on the Western Main Road in
Westmoorings opposite West Mall.
It is also the subject of another
legal dispute, involving the Water
and Sewerage Authority (WASA),
which is currently before the Court
In January, Justice Carol Gobin
ruled that the land had been in the
continuous and undisturbed
possession of the corporation since
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