September 29, 2016

Council should consider re-examining Merriman Mall arrangements

Dear Editor,

I have observed with unease the construction on the Merriman Mall of a number of stalls between Cummings and Light Streets in the Bourda by, I am told, the Georgetown City Council.

These are to be used by food vendors for them to sell their products outdoors, which will be exposed to environmental contaminants such as dirt, insects, and pollution. This is in addition to the fact that these stalls have little access to potable water for hand or product washing.

I wish to highlight the fact the these vendors due to the close proximity of the stalls shall be working under circumstances with the potential for cross-contamination from sources such as other food products from nearby stalls, improperly cleaned storage, and improperly used cleaning agents, sanitisers or other chemicals.

Given these conditions, this new arrangement will create the existence of significant potential for foodborne illness due to cross-contamination, improper food handling, or environmental exposure.

I would, therefore, like to suggest that this new facility be used as a stable for ponies, donkeys and horses that certainly will feature in the petting zoo that is to be established there shortly.

These stalls seem to be wide enough for a horse to lie down in comfortably, but that would depend on the size of the horse, and allow for a manger for hay at the front of each standing stall, so the width of this should be considered.

The metal posts seem to be sturdy and high enough so the horse won’t get its legs over the tie rope, but still would be able to reach feed and water. The stalls also seem to have enough ventilation and light.

I would, therefore, like to recommend that the Council considers this change of plans.

Sincerely,

Sean Moniz

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