The Almanzora Levante Vélez Consortium held an ordinary assembly on Monday 1 August; an atypical date but “so that the projects to be taken up from September onwards do not suffer any further delays”, assured the president of the organisation and mayor of Olula del Río, Antonio Martínez Pascual.
As a matter of general interest, in point 6 of the meeting, a very current problem was addressed, and that is the management of the so-called “Puntos Limpios”, where waste that does not go in the street containers should be deposited, but nevertheless it is common to see household goods, industrial products or debris. This means that the local councils have to dedicate effort and personnel to collecting them and then taking them to the clean point. For this reason, the Almanzora Levante Vélez Consortium proposes the contracting of an independent company to correctly manage this type of waste and comply with the regulations. The adhesion of the municipalities to the service would be voluntary. As this is a service proposed to improve the quality of life and municipal aesthetics, it was surprising that the PSOE councils present abstained, as it also solves a neighbourhood problem. The proposal put to the vote went ahead with 1028 roll-call votes from the PP, Ciudadanos and independent parties such as Albox and Partaloa, and 376 abstentions from the PSOE.
Also at the meeting, a budget of more than 30 million euros, with 12 million euros of investment, was approved with a majority of the ruling party. The budget for the financial year 2022 was approved with 1027 votes in favour and 376 votes against.
The assembly discussed the adaptation of the recovery and composting plant to the new state waste law, which will come into force next January. A process of automation of the waste treatment. “If we don’t improve, we will have to pay a fee to the state of around two million euros,” said the president of the Consortium. The result of the vote was 1028 in favour to 376 votes against.
For Antonio Martínez Pascual and by way of balance, “the service has been optimised, we have a budget for the future that will allow us to improve and meet the objectives set out in the regulations. The significant reduction of the debt, today 6.8 million euros, which in 2012 was 24 million euros and should be zero in 2027. We have a payment period of 6 months when in 2012 it was more than 20 months. We have improved the period of payment to suppliers and with a voluntary collection of about 80%, although we must still improve the management of enforced collection”.
On the horizon is the assembly before the end of this mandate, the timing of which is set by the municipal elections.