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There is no rift among members
of the council of the Port-of-Spain
City Corporation, says mayor Ray-
mond Tim Kee.
He made the comment in response
to questions from the T&T Guardian
following rumours of disagreements
and under-performance surrounding
the mayor s office.
Last week allegations were made
that Tim Kee, who has not made pub-
lic any new policies or plans for the
city, had upgraded the mayor s official
car, tinting the windows and adding
flashing blue lights and had hired extra
The car was most recently used by
former mayor Louis Lee Sing.
The official cars of the mayors in
Point Fortin and San Fernando have
undergone similar modifications.
Tim Kee, however, denied having
anything to do with the changes.
"What I have seen here is what I
have experienced here. I have made
no changes," he said in a telephone
He acknowledged rumours of a rift
between him and deputy mayor Keron
Valentine, but said they were
"I started to hear about a rift and
I confronted the person with whom
I was supposed to have a rift. There
is no rift with the deputy mayor," he
"Someone is trying to be mischie-
vous. We have had every meeting due,
attended by most of the council."
In an interview last week, former
Port-of-Spain mayor Murchison
Brown said while the option to add
lights and tint to the vehicle had been
available to him, he had felt it was
unnecessary. During his tenure, how-
ever, Brown did increase security after
receiving death threats in 2007.
But Lee Sing, in a telephone inter-
view, said he did not approve of adding
an additional cost to the city.
"There were more important mat-
ters to be addressed as the mayor."
Lee Sing said he spent his first
months in office visiting different
communities within the city.
"I rarely used the mayor s official
vehicle so that flashing lights were
never on my agenda," Lee Sing said.
The new mayor has made other
changes as well. The monthly statu-
tory meeting of the city council, pre-
viously scheduled for the last Thurs-
day of the month at 10 am, has been
pushed back to 2 pm on the same day.
Neither the public nor media were
informed of the change.
Sources at the city corporation also
said Tim Kee, who is the president
of the T&T Football Association
(TTFA), had left the country twice
since taking office in November on
business not pertaining to the mayor s
Tim Kee said he had left the country
Leader of council business in the
corporation, Janelle Young, could not
give details of any new policies for
the city, but said the council had been
doing work as usual.
"At the last committee meeting
(December) we put forward work to
be done and at the next meeting we
will put forward the projects done
over the last month," she said.
Valentine was in a meeting when
contacted by the T&T Guardian and
did not return calls.
Miss T&T World 2012 Athalia Samuel chats with veteran calypsonian Samuel "Brigo" Abraham at a dinner
hosted by Lopinot/Bon Air West MP and Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas, in
collaboration with Surfing Through T&T, for senior citizens of Sherwood Park, Arima, on Saturday. Brigo
was one of the persons honoured at the function. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
A female driver who failed a
breathalyser test after attending
a Carnival fete was warned on
Monday that after a party the
police "will be right there wait-
Solange Williams pleaded guilty
and was fined $500 when she
appeared before Couva Senior
Magistrate Lucina Cardenas-
She was among 12 people who
appeared in court charged with
Williams was arrested around
8.38 am on Saturday after leaving
a fete at the Ato Boldon Stadium,
The court heard that a police
officer stopped Williams at the
intersection of Clifford Roach
The officer noticed her speech
was slurred and there was an alco-
hol odour on her breath.
When asked if she was drinking,
Williams said: "Officer, I not
At the Couva Police Station,
after the first test recording of 41
microgrammes, she said: "Officer,
I don t have no time for this stu-
pidness. I said I not drunk."
The second test recorded a read-
ing of 39 microgrammes. The legal
limit is 35 microgrammes.
Williams said it was the first
time she had been charged with
any offence. She said she drank
beers at the party, but had stopped
drinking two hours before driving.
The magistrate said the safer thing
to do was not to drink alcohol if
one was driving because alcohol
affected people differently.
"You never know what level you
are. It s a lesson. At the end of the
party you know the police will be
If Williams does not pay the
fine she will serve 30 days hard
Another driver, Dinesh Ramad-
har, was arrested after he ran off
the road because he was intoxi-
The court heard that police were
driving along Main Road, Brasso,
around 2 pm when they saw the
van off the road and Ramadhar
When they spoke to Ramadhar
his speech was slurred and they
got a smell of alcohol.
At the police station the
breathalyser technician adminis-
tered two tests on him, which
scored readings of 71 and 64
Ramadhar claimed he had gone
by his girlfriend for lunch and had
two glasses of wine.
"You ran off the road; it must
have been more you drank. You
are lucky it was not worse than
that," the magistrate said.
He was fined $1,000 or in
default three months imprison-
ment with hard labour.
Woman charged for DUI after
fete warned and fined $500
Mayor denies rift
in city corporation
People's National Movement
(PNM) general secretary Ashton
Ford yesterday said the party had
received no reports concerning
"He has been walking the
streets, meeting businessmen and
finding his way," Ford said in a
telephone interview. "All we have
been hearing about him has been
Forde said Tim Kee was a
newcomer and was "taking time to
find his way."
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