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#402892 - 03/22/11 02:25 PM SPTC 2010-2011 Mayor/Town Councilors Portfolios
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Mayor and Town Councilors

Rumors reached our office that Deputy Mayor of San Pedro Town, Mr. Pablo Ico was fired from the Town Council and that his title as Deputy Mayor was stripped off. We wasted no time in contacting the San Pedro Town Council to straighten out these rumors and get the right facts.

We were told that the rumor was false and that the Town Council elects a new Deputy Mayor every year in March and also reshuffles the Councilor's portfolios. The Council recently held their last meeting to make the necessary changes and below is the names of the councilors and their respective portfolios.  

MS. ELSA PAZ, MAYOR –
   1. FINANCE:
         1. To supervise and control all financial matters of the Council.
         2. To supervise and control all tax collection and make changes where necessary.
         3. Be responsible for the overall operation of the Council and maintain the Council members informed of the financial status of the Town with the assistance of the Town Administrator and Accountant.

   2. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
         1. To attract new investments and development in order to provide more jobs and growth within the community.
         2. Chair the Trade Licensing Board.
         3. Be responsible for small business initiative.
         4. Regulate and control street vendors.
         5. Create, coordinate and liaison with Women Organizations.
         6. Be a member of the Liquor Licensing Board.

    3. PUBLIC EVENTS:
         1. To establish a committee for planning of special events
         2. Be responsible to report to the Council members the preparations of these events and request their participation.
         3. Plan and coordinate these events with the assistance of the committee, Personal Assistant and Town Administrator, not exceeding the budget allocated for the pertaining event.
         4. Liaison with committees established with the various cultures.
         5. Prepare proposals and establish the promotion of diverse cultures within the community.
         6. Develop educational tools on the knowledge of several cultures.
         7. Participate and represent the Council in all cultural events.

    4. REVENUE COLLECTION
         1. Keep up to date with the arrears in taxes and other revenue sources of the Council
         2. Develop proposals and methods of improved revenue collection
         3. Coordinate with Administrator plans of action for the improvement in revenue collection.

   5. SPORTS AND YOUTHS
         1. Coordinate all sporting events.
         2. Create a committee for sports.
         3. Work with all senior sports teams.
         4. Facilitate the coordination of the use of the sporting facilities.
         5. Create and liaison with committees involved with youths.
         6. Prepare proposal for the increase in youth activities.
         7. Establish youth support groups.

SEVERO GUERRERO SR. - DEPUTY MAYOR–  
 1.  TOWN ZONING & PLANNING:
         1. Be a member of the Ambergris Caye Local Building Authority Committee.
         2. Revise and Update the Master Plan.
         3. Responsible for the naming, numbering and lighting of streets.
         4. Study, improve and supervise the efficient running of the Fire Services.

2. CIVIC AND INFASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT:
         1. Study and recommend the establishment of new recreational areas, parks and cemetery.
         2. Create proposals for new roads, bridges, drains, public buildings and schools.
         3. Establish relationships with organizations that provide grants for infrastructural developments.
         4. Establish relationship with the Ministry of Works.

JUSTINIANO GUERRERO, COUNCILOR–
    1. COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION AND UPKEEP:
         1. To improve and conduct the operations of street and beach cleaning.
         2. To coordinate landscaping and beautification of streets, parks, cemetery, and recreational areas.
         3. To coordinate work-a-ton with schools and NGOs.
         4. To create proposals for improvement in the upkeep and beautification of the island.
         5. Supervise the location of garbage bins on the various streets.
         6. Serve as advisor for the repairs of vehicles.
         7. Coordinate with Foreman special duties for vehicles.

   2. SANITATION AND SOLID WASTE:
         1. To establish improvements in garbage collection.
         2. To prepare proposals and feasibility studies for the expansion of sewer services.
         3. Establish work relationship with Health Department and coordinate activities with the same.

 JUAN ALAMILLA, COUNCILOR –
     1. PUBLIC UTILITIES:
         1. Be a member of the Utilities Coordination Unit.
         2. Ensure the public utility services are provided in the populated sectors of the island.
         3. Ensure the lighting of Dark Areas by coordinating petitions etc. and addressing the issue with the Ministry of Public Utility and Ministry of Finance.

   2. COMMUNITY EDUCATION:
         1. Establish working relationship with all primary level schools.
         2. Create and liaison with committees involved in education.
         3. Organize the yearly school competitions.
         4. Represent the Council when required in any school activity.

   3. ENVIRONMENT:
         1. Analyze and recommend Dredging Permits.
         2. Assist in the Community Beautification & Upkeep Portfolio.
         3. Analyze and recommend Pier Permits.
         4. Monitor and prepare proposals for the Municipal Pier and the environmental impact of the same.
         5. Establish work relationship with the Ministry of the Environment and prepare proposals for amendments and improvements.

 JOSEPH ELIJIO, COUNCILOR –
   1.  PUBLIC SECURITY AND SAFETY:
         1. Be a member of the Safety Committee.
         2. Assist in the Curfew and Special Constable Program.
         3. Be involved with Neighbor Hood Watch Committees.
         4. To coordinate work-a-ton with schools and NGOs.
         5. Launch clean-up campaigns.

    2. PUBLIC RELATION:
         6. Market the Council locally.
         7. Ensure participation in all public events.
         8. Provide Ideas in promoting the Council’s achievements.
         9. Research and prepare proposals for the improvement of service to the community.
        10. Research on seminars or presenters that can offer workshops for the improvement in public relations.
        11. Establish modes to educate the community of the role and responsibilities of the Council within the community.

 PABLO ICO, COUNCILOR  
    1. TRAFFIC:
         5. Be a member of the Ambergris Caye Traffic Control Committee.
         6. Prepare proposals for amendments in the control of traffic, street closures etc.
         7. Supervise Public Road Injury and report in order for repairs to be made.
         8. Survey the opening of new roads and streets.
         9. Supervise the placement of traffic signs.
        10. Present proposal for amendments in the pertaining Act and follow up on such amendments.

   2. FOREIGN RELATION:
         1. Coordinate and establish Sister City Relationships.
         2. Represent the Council along with the Mayor at events to establish foreign relation.
         3. Assist in hosting delegates from other Countries on their visits to San Pedro.
         4. Establish contacts in Embassies in order to lobby for grants.

NESTO GOMEZ, COUNCILOR –
    1. TOURISM:
         1. Coordinate all aspects of the Council pertaining to Tourism.
         2. Present proposals for improvement of the Ambergris Caye Tourist Information Center.
         3. Create, coordinate and liaison with all tourism groups.
         4. Represent the Council, when necessary, at Belize Tourism Board or Belize Tourism Industry Association events.

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#403019 - 03/23/11 04:41 PM Re: SPTC 2010-2011 Mayor/Town Councilors Portfolios [Re: Marty]
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If rumors of this sort are a kick off to the political season, we are in big trouble. Let's all ask the politicians and their supports to stick to the issues. There is plenty to fight about.

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#403278 - 03/26/11 03:12 AM Re: SPTC 2010-2011 Mayor/Town Councilors Portfolios [Re: Marty]
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RESHUFFLE OF PORTFOLIOS AT SAN PEDRO TOWN COUNCIL

The San Pedro Town Council has reshuffled portfolios for all council members going into their third year of their current term in office. Amongst the changes is the announcement of a new Deputy Mayor. Her worship Mayor Elsa Paz retains responsibility of Finance, Economic Development and Public Event with responsibility of chairing the Trade and Liquor Licensing Boards. She will be the council’s liaison with Women Organizations. She also assumes additional responsibility of revenue collection, Youth and Sports.

The new Deputy Mayor is Councilor Severo Guerrero Sr. who takes over from Councilor Pablo Ico. Guerrero will be directly in charge of Town Zoning and Planning and will chair the Ambergris Caye Local Building Authority Committee who was once held by Council Joseph Elejio. Guerrero will also be responsible for Civic and Infrastructural development and will be the direct liaison with the Minister of Works.

Councilor Justiniano Guerrero assumes responsibility of Community Beautification and upkeep and will be directly responsible for the repairs and coordination of the usage of town council’s vehicles. He also is responsible for sanitation and solid waste and is the direct liaison for the council and the Health Department.

Councilor Juan Alamilla has been given the portfolio of Public Utilities and will entail lighting of dark areas and will chair the Utilities Coordination Unit on the island. He also takes on the responsibility of Community Education and Environment and will be directly responsible for the analyzing and recommendation of dredging permits; pier permits and will work closely with Ministry of Environment and prepare proposals for amendments and improvements.

Councilor Joseph Elejio will now take over the portfolio of Public Security and Safety and will chair the island’s Safety Committee and will assist with the special constable program and be directly involved with the neighborhood watch committees. He also takes on the responsibility of Public Relations.

Former Deputy Mayor councilor Pablo Ico is now in charge of traffic and will chair the Ambergris Caye Traffic Control Committee. He re-assume the portfolio of Foreign Relation and is responsible to coordinate and establish sister cities relationships.

Councilor Nestor Gomez was given the portfolio of Tourism. He will be direct contact between the council and the Belize Tourism Board and Belize Tourism Industry Association.

The portfolio reshuffle come at the eve of Mayor Paz’s visit to England and was only made public via a media release. According to the San Pedro Town Council, the reshuffle is conducted annually at the end of their fiscal year.

Of note is that while the fiscal year has been completed and changes to the portfolio has now been announced, there is still no word if the Town Council will conduct a public meeting to outline the council’s achievement over the last year and the way forward in the council’s last year in office under their current 3 year term. The San Pedro Town Council has not conducted a public meeting for the past two years.

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