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Nicoya's Municipal Slaughterhouse Will Have a New Tenant
• Previous tenant has not paid rent in 5 years

By Oliver Pérez

Before 2011 ends, the Municipality of Nicoya is looking for a new tenant to administer the Municipal Slaughterhouse because the one who had been leasing it for the last five years has failed to make the monthly payment for five years. Due to this, the municipality decided to close it at the beginning of the month of September.

Marco Jimenez, City Hall mayor, explained that due to this breach of contract, the decision was made to put the lease out for bids so that many can participate and, at the same time, make known the regulations for its operation. City Hall came to an arrangement for payment with the tenant, and they signed an agreement to hand over the location when a new leaseholder is chosen.

The Nicoya slaughterhouse is the only one in the province of Guanacaste, so if it closed, local butchers would need to go to Alajuela for butchering, increasing transportation expenses, and assuming the expenses themselves if they can't charge their clients more.

"For us, it is a great benefit that this slaughterhouse is open since it is the only one in the zone, and going to buy meat in Alajuela would increase our costs and we can't pass this cost on to the clients. I hope that the new administration works for the good of all the butcher shops," said Eider Gutierrez, proprietor of the Nicoyan butcher shop Villa Reina.


To make use of the slaughterhouse, a bill of 25,000 colones ($50) must be paid per cow or pig. With this, the animal is killed and cleaned. Per week between 40 and 50 animals can be slaughtered.

The mayor indicated that "We are devising a regulation to put into practice with the future tenant. A municipal property cannot be used without the owner receiving money."

Another problem that led to this measure is that apparently hygiene and safety standards were not being fulfilled. The municipality is asking that in the future, improvements are made in the cleaning of the oxidation lagoon, repairing machinery, implementing a new system in the Romans service and improving the butchering processes.

According to the information provided by Jimenez, the municipality didn't receive 17 million colones ($34,000) in five years for lack of payment. The monthly amount for rent is 250,000 colones ($500).

Jimenez said that having taken back the service of the municipal slaughterhouse, located in La Mansion, is not just important due to the increase in income, but also because the new regulations guarantee quality service to the population.


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VON Survey Results

The Voice of Nosara would like to thank our readers who participated in our 2011 reader survey in May and June, and we are pleased to report some of the results from the survey. The survey was designed to identify reader demographics, reading habits, concerns and suggestions in order to improve VON's service to the community and to advertisers.


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