Based on the controversy that reappeared a few days ago regarding the treatment of the Zero Tolerance ordinance in the city, and that the Deliberative Council clarified that no project – including this one – is being held and / or drafted, the mayor of Bahia Blanca, Héctor Gay, stated that it is first necessary to have a national law that regulates the issue, and then advance in a regulation at the local level.
“With the project under discussion in Congress, the most logical thing is to wait for national law and, from there, we adapt and believe the ordinance,” he said.
The communal chief, who last year sent a draft ordinance to the CD that, among other things, posed non-economic sanctions for those drivers who tested positive with up to 0.5 grams of alcohol in their blood, agreed that the debate “Be open and have an opinion” on the matter, and recognized that each person does so from their position, be it political, commercial, ideological and even from the pain of having lost a loved one from a road accident. However, he considered that the debate is also taking place based on what happened during the September primaries and the results that were obtained.
“One month before the elections and after the results of the PASO, it is logical that some issues are politicized. In any case, it is a discussion that many people should participate in, ”he said.
In statements to the program Meeting, which is issued by CNN BahiaGay acknowledged that at the time of submitting the project to the Council, he had asked the councilors to raise the discussion without rushing.
“The president of the Chamber of Deputies at the national level, Sergio Massa, had said that the most logical thing is to wait for the national law to come out and then for the municipalities to adhere to it. It does not make sense that each district has its ordinance and then the national law comes ”, he remarked.
In this sense, the communal chief stated that “the vast majority of alcohol tests that come from accidents are not 0.4 or 0.6g / l”.
“They are always above 1 or 2 g / l and, in some cases, we come across people that it was practically impossible for them to circulate driving a vehicle,” he said.
Regarding the water crisis that the city has been suffering, and that is already being reflected again in some neighborhoods with the arrival of the heat, he recalled that at the time Governor Axel Kicillof “had said that these works were his responsibility and had listed the ones that were going to be done in Bahía Blanca ”.
“I want to take the word of the governor. All these works have been tendered and are pre-awarded, but the delay will mean that this summer we will have the same problems as the previous one. Perhaps the difference is that in January 2022 there are fewer people in Bahia than in January of this year. Probably the worst moment is the second half of December ”, he said.
Gay acknowledged that he asked Kicillof to begin these works as soon as possible, “but in mid-October we do not see any started.”
In addition, he recalled that yesterday he sent the Deliberative Council a draft ordinance to exempt from any municipal tax the water works carried out by the Province in the city.
“The idea is that the awarded companies do not have to pay a single peso of tax to the municipality. It is a kind of contribution, since it is an important money in works of such magnitude. I hope that it will be dealt with in tomorrow’s session, because it is a support and a gesture of the commune to help the water works that the city needs to be carried out ”, he said.
Finally, he highlighted the reopening that will take place tomorrow of the Municipal Theater, after several months of being closed for works.
“We finished a process that was stretched longer than expected due to the pandemic, but it was essential that we carry it out. A study by the UTN had shown that there were many things wrong and that there was a high risk of fire and that basic work had not been done for a long time. For this reason, beyond the criticisms and complaints, we decided to close it ”, he remarked.
The Bahia mayor stressed that today there is a state-of-the-art fire system and that the entire electrical system was renewed, which had fabric-covered cables. In addition, he stressed that work is being carried out to enhance the Sala Payró, with contributions from local entities and companies.
“The investment is 62 million pesos, of which the municipality contributed 30 million and the Province should contribute the rest,” he concluded.