Days after the High Court reversed the dismissal of Former Town Clerk Royston King, paving the way for him to be reinstated at the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), he is yet to make a decision as to whether he will return to the post.Former Town ClerkRoyston KingKing made this revelation during an appearance on local radio programme “Hot seat” hosted by broadcaster Stan Gouveia on Tuesday. When asked directly if he will be returning as Town Clerk, King firmly asserted that this decision is yet to be made since he is leaning on the guidance of his lawyers.“As far as my returning to the Council is concerned, I am guided by the advice of my lawyers. So, I haven’t made that decision as yet, I’m being guided by the advice of my lawyers.” He saidBut even as he expressed uncertainty towards same, King reminded that his contributions to the city’s development when he held the previous post, was done out of “passion and great initiative”.“I must say though that I believe that I’ve made contribution and restoration and in some aspects of the city of Georgetown. And I must say that I did that with passion and I did that with great initiative and with strength and with wisdom, and I believe in part that, that is responsible for what transpired during the period in which I was sent off on administrative leave”, the former town clerk noted.Furthermore, in pointing out the functions of the Local Government Commission – that is to protect public officials from political excesses – King made it clear that he holds no animosity for the LGC or its officials, despite its decision to fire him back in January of 2018.“There is no bad blood between me and the members of the Local Government Commission, the Commission has its work to do and the Commission had certain responsibilities, rights and power which they must exercise…the Local Government Commission was set up to protect public officials, Local Government officials from political excesses not to facilitate such excesses, not to enhance such excesses” he pointed out.Last Friday High Court Judge, Justice Simone Ramlall in handing down her ruling, found that the former Town Clerk was unlawfully dismissed. She also ruled that the CoI in its entirety was unlawfully established hence all of its decisions and findings are null, void and of no effect.This includes King’s dismissal, which was based on the findings and recommendations of the probe.According to the Judge, the Commission is only permitted under the Local Government Commission Act to delegate its powers within the Local Government system and not investigative bodies outside such as the CoI that was set up to look into the operations of City Hall.This ruling comes after the 2018 CoI conducted by ret’d Justice Cecil Kennard found King guilty of gross misconduct, abuse of office, and misappropriation of funds. He had also stated that King performed the duties of treasurer and other officers of the Council, which were not his designated duties.
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Almost everyone following the federal stimulus funds allotted for weatherization realized in the early going that it would take a good long while for the money to end up in the hands of the people doing the actual weatherizing.With almost $5 billion being doled out over the next two years by the Department of Energy’s Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs agency, each state has had to prepare for a major expansion of its long-running weatherization programs, submit proposals to the DOE, adjust plans if necessary, and prepare local crews to do the work.The amount of money at stake and the expanded scale of programs naturally intensify the scrutiny of participating state and local agencies, and the DOE has declined to release funds to states – notably recession-battered Indiana – whose program proposals don’t meet its criteria.Conflicts and uncertaintyThe holdup in Indiana stems from DOE concerns about the suitability of a business group, the Indiana Builders Association, that was chosen to administer weatherization work, and the toughened qualifying criteria and per-home spending cap that the state plan imposes.Another, more bizarre snafu, reported this week by the Associated Press, is pegged to confusion among some state weatherization administrators over guidelines for setting wage rates for workers.Managers at community-service agencies in Idaho and Michigan, for example, told the AP that the DOE has sent mixed signals about how, or whether, to proceed setting wage rates, which the DOE said should equal local prevailing wages for local for public works projects, per the requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931.This is the first time Davis-Bacon has been imposed for weatherization programs, but federal officials say state and local groups are already familiar with the law, the DOE has been clear about its application, and spending delays are unnecessary.“Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates for residential construction exist in just about every part of the country, therefore, any state or community-action agency could have begun work as soon as they received their funds by paying these existing prevailing wage rates,” Tom Markey, a stimulus coordinator at the U.S. Department of Labor, told the AP.Lingering doubtA letter to state and local agencies sent by the DOE on July 24 affirmed Markey’s assertion. But several program managers who received the letter said they’re reluctant to follow its advice because, they say, federal officials have previously been unclear on whether existing wage levels for other occupations would apply to weatherization work. They also reject the suggestion from federal officials that, should wage rates be reset later, agencies could issue back pay without causing a major administrative mess.“They’ve been saying since April they’d have things straightened out and we’d be able to spend the money. Why we would we go forward now without the rules in place? So far nothing they’ve said … has come to fruition,” Jim Crisp, executive director of the Michigan Community Action Agency Association, told the news service.But as with most programs that are bureaucratically tangled but also economically sensitive, things will eventually settle out. As the AP notes, definitive wage rules are now expected Friday in 15 states. The rest are due at the end of August.