The local government board of Torrevieja Town Hall has approved this Friday the start and appointment of technicians of the contracting file of the Service of Management and Control of Access to the Beaches of Torrevieja for the health measures derived from COVID-19. The councilor and secretary of the JGL, Federico Alarcon, has reported that it is a multi-year contract for the years 2021 and 2022, with a total amount of 1,881,279 euros -940,639 euros each year-. Although the proposal contemplates the period of this Holy Week, sources from the PP government team assume that the award will not be until the end of this month, considering that this Friday has been the first step to contract.
The object of the contract consists of the provision of adequate personnel to carry out the control and surveillance of accesses and exits to the beaches of Torrevieja, as well as the control inside the areas destined to stay, so that it is respected in all At the moment the occupation in the parcels carried out on each beach in order to enforce the safety distances imposed by the Government of Spain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this procedure, the City Council assumes that the health situation within a year could be similar
This contract includes three work teams: a team of personnel for the control and surveillance of the beaches, a team for the exhaustive cleaning of the public toilets arranged on the beaches and promenades and the footbaths located on all beaches of Torrevieja, as well as as a service so that, prior to the opening of the beaches, and after the closure of the same, they proceed to the assembly and disassembly of the elements destined for the division by sectors of the beaches of the town. In addition, Federico Alarcón has announced that the service to be provided is divided into three periods:
Low season 1 of Easter (10 days).
Low season 2, from June 15 to 30 and September 1 to 15 (30 days).
High season, from July 1 to August 31 (62 days).
The number of controllers, toilet and foot cleaners, and daily assembly and disassembly personnel in low season 1 will be 67, while in low season 2 it will be 72 and in high season (July and August) it will be 117. The beach control hours are established from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the beaches with the greatest influx, and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on those with the greatest influx.
Last week, Mayor Eduardo Dolón (PP) publicly assured that the suspension of the final approval of the municipal budget for 2021 endangered this service. The truth is that now a credit modification is being proposed to use the remaining treasury of the City Council to defray this and other expenses in advance regardless of the approval or not of the budget, although it will be late for the Easter period. It is not clear if the final approval of the budget would have allowed this contract to be reached on time by the end of March. The start of the contract is signed by the Beaches councilor, Antonio Vidal and will be instructed by the general director of Urbanism, Works and Services, Víctor Costa.
Last year, the City Council used the figure of the alarm state to handpick this procedure. However, the current state of alarm is more generic, different from the one that prevailed during the first hour, it does not cover services that are not considered essential under that formula when awarding without a contest.
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