Official ground breaking
Hon. Rene Montero, Area Representative for Cayo Central, launched the Santa Elena Public Library project on Monday, February 27.
The project will see the renovation of a two-storey structure that currently houses the library and the addition of a computer resource center. Works on the existing structure includes the repairing of roof leaks, replacement of all eaves, fascia and ceiling boards, erecting a veranda block wall railing, installation of gutters, downpipes, water breakers, installation of new windows and solid timber doors, rehabilitation of the electrical and plumbing systems, floor tiles and repainting of the entire building.
The new extension includes the construction of a fully air-conditioned concrete building with an insulated galvalum roof, reinforced concrete tiled floor, reinforced masonry block walls, galvanized aluminum louvered windows, burglar bars, solid timber panel doors and a male and female bathroom. As part of the project a 6ft-chain link fence will be erected around the compoundís perimeter. The extension will have a floor area of 650 sq. ft. and will be able to accommodate 15 computers along with a study area.
Hon. Rene Montero said that the library will serve over 1,500 residents on a monthly basis. The town has 3 pre-schools, 5 primary schools and 2 high schools. The project will be implemented by the Social Investment Fund and financed through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank with counterpart funding from the Government of Belize and the community of Santa Elena.