Management

Welcome To Our Department

The function of the City Management Unit including supervising all bidding process, including public works contract administration, to strategize long and short term traffic flow and road maintenance, to enforce the Freeport Bye-laws and development of new ones as needed, to liaise with Local Government, to oversee Sanitation landscape contracts ensuring highest quality service is provided, to ensure that private subdivisions and developers are proactive in meeting their legal responsibilities to maintaining developments.

City Management encompasses all aspects of maintenance for the thoroughfares in the Freeport Lucaya area, in addition to tasks with various entities which include but are not limited to:

  • Customer Service
  • Preparedness
  • Street Name Signage
  • Maintenance
  • Verge Maintenance
  • Maintenance
  • Storm Sewer/Drain Wells
  • Infractions
  • Hurricane
  • GBPA Property
  • GBPA Vehicle
  • Street Maintenance
  • Directional Signage
  • Derelict Vehicle Removal
  • Demolish Abandon Buildings
  • Canal Blockage
  • Easements
  • Debris Collection
  • Traffic Lights
  • Environmental
  • Street Lights
  • City Bye-Law

The City Management Unit introduced the ‘City Management Helpline' in June 2005. The Helpline is a vital liaison between the communities, GBPA group of companies, Government & Private Enterprises. GBPA encourages and welcomes the input of the general public's suggestions to improve our city and better our Communities.

F.A.Q

1. What are service charges for?

The term Service charge is given to the annual fee cited for city maintenance which ensures accessibility to planned residential and public areas. This may include but is not limited to: installation and maintenance of Thoroughfares, Streetlights, Medians and Verges, Derelict Disposals, Drain wells, Street names, Traffic lights, Directional signs, and Pedestrian crossings etc.

2. Who is responsible for removing debris from the verge?

Sanitation Service is the primary source used for debris collection. Household (non construction debris) is removed from the verge side of the street at no additional cost for single family homes and duplexes. Arrangements can be made by our GBPA Helpline There is a charge for non-construction debris removal from Triplexes and larger apartment complexes. Construction debris must be arranged directly with Sanitation Services - charges apply.

3. How often the verge is side cutback and mowed?

This is continuous process; vegetation growth is a determination factor which varies in residential subdivisions.

4. Who is responsible for the clearing of easements?

The Grand Bahama Power Company keeps the easement cleared for their power vehicle accessibility to residential power lines.

5. How can I get streetlights is my area?

Streetlights are considered when 70% of the residents on a street obtain occupancy certificates.

6. How to get a drain well installed where there is flooding?

Where there is sustainable flooding an inspection to the area will be performed and evaluated to determine the need.

7. Who is responsible for tree trimmings?

GBPA Helpline will liaise with Sanitation Services who is responsible for verge/tree cutting and other landscape maintenance. This applies for residents who pay service Charge to the Grand Bahama Port Authority; other residential areas should contact the privately owned developers. Should trees grow in the power lines, the helpline will liaise with GB Power company.

8. Who is responsible for road repairs?

Sanitation Services is responsible for road repairs in the Lucaya subdivision which is owned by the Grand Bahama Development Company, and Freeport Construction Company is responsible for repairs from Coral Road, West, which is owned by the Grand Bahama Port Authority. For further details, contact the helpline.

9. How do I get speed bumps installed in my area?

Controlled by the City Management Department and based on its volume of use, also favourable consideration in areas of institutions/schools/nursery's and dangerous intersections.

10. When street name signs are missing, who replaces them?

Contracted by The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Sanitation Services will replace missing/damage signage in accordance with its location after instruction from City Management.

11. How do you get off the road for an emergency vehicle where curbing is installed?

Please use the first available clearing where curbing is not installed. For you and your passengers' safety, do not drive over curbing.

12. Why is curbing installed?

Due to the extensive beautification of our verges/median, curbing were installed to protect the landscape.

13. Why was new circles constructed?

To maintain a smooth flow of traffic, less maintenance after hurricanes, and to enhance the beauty of our streets.

14. After hurricanes what is the responsibility of the City Management Department?

  • Rehabilitation
  • Reconstruction
  • Signage Replacement
  • Ease of traffic flow

15. When was the helpline established?

The helpline was introduced in June 2005

16. What is the function of the helpline and its incentive?

The helpline is a vital liaison between the communities, GBPA group of companies, Government & Private Enterprises. The helpline was determined to encourage and welcome input of the general public's suggestions to improve our city and better our Communities.

List of Companies the Helpline liaises with often:

  • Sanitation Services- landscaping & road repairs
  • G.B. Power Company- Easements & streetlights
  • G.B. Utility- Broken pipes
  • Urban Renewal- Derelict Vehicles
  • City of Freeport Council- Social Ills
  • Bahamas Sanitary Engineering- Drain wells
  • Freeport Construction Company- Road repairs
  • Police Traffic Department- damage of road/verges/medians
  • Kent Motors- Derelict Vehicles

When and why was the Beautification program established?

Established in 1997, following Hurricanes Jeanne & Francis to restore the luster to the City of Freeport, thus implementing projects such as:

  • Repair of road verges
  • Road Striping
  • Re-establishing directional/street signage
  • Planting of new greenery
  • Construction of new circles
  • Installation of new modern traffic circles
  • Demolition of abandoned buildings
  • Removal of substantial derelict vehicles

ABOUT GBPA


The Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) gave GBPA responsibility for the development, administration and management, and provision of services within an area called the 'Port Area' (230 sq. miles). GBPA was mandated by this Agreement to build a deep water harbour, an industrial community and required infrastructure for the City.

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GBPA has achieved an astonishing amount since its inception in 1955.  When first created it was a Grand Bahamian business conglomerate charged not only with land and commercial development but also with all the regulatory and administrative functions of the Freeport/Lucaya.

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Firstly, I wish to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for this platform enabling us to share with the Grand Bahama community, the outlook for our island! 2015 marks the 60th year of the birth of Freeport and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement; 60 years of a partnership between The Government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. I'm here to raise hopes for 2015 and to lay a few popular myths to rest - For those who don't know me, I am Sarah St George.

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