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#461173 - 03/28/13 09:35 AM OWTC Set To Pave 13 Streets
Marty Offline

Screen_shot_2013-03-27_at_7.51.32_PMOne of the key factors that voters are looking at when it comes to the infrastructure of a municipality is streets. The Orange Walk Town Council is bent on getting the most dilapidated streets in town to the perfect driving standard. Mayor Kevin Bernard has revealed the council’s plan to pave 13 streets using the council’s funding. Bernard told us how the project works and how they are saving money.

Hipolito Novelo reporting…

The Orange Walk Town Council has launched an infrastructural development project that will see the paving of 13 streets in Orange Walk Town. Work on the streets begun last week and to date, residents are already seeing a difference.

Kevin Bernard, Mayor OWT

“We have looked at Barbados Street. We are working right now in Stains Alley. We are joining Cemetery and Gravel lane and we are going to be paving Baeza Alley. So those will be set, hopefully by next week Friday.

Those streets are scheduled to be completed by next week Friday and immediately after, work is expected to commence on eight other streets.

Kevin Bernard, Mayor OWT

We do not want to focus on only the 13 streets that we have identified, we want to be able to upgrade the other streets that needs attention. The first 10 streets that we had identified did not include Sylvester Street but we are looking at other possibilities that we can expand into other areas. Sylvester Street of course was one of the streets that was very much deteriorated and we decided to- let us work to bringing it up into compaction. After we will decide if we will pave the street. I am hoping that with a bit of lobbying then we will be able to pave Sylvester Street.

Even though the council is funding the project, they are also doing so in a cost effective manner.

Kevin Bernard, Mayor OWT

“The whole idea of the council preparing up to compaction level, ready for up to paving standards is because we know that we can manage and be able to find the most cost effective method and applying and preparing the roads. When you give contractors the entire project to do, you tend to get contractors with too many cost and additional cost to the council and that is the reason why I can tell you today that after we have prepared those 13 streets we would have pave more than the amount of streets Denny Grijalva is taking us to court for. I mean and that was only 2 streets. So when we complete those 13 streets we will be satisfied. “

The entire cost of the project is estimated at about $143,000. Hipolito Novelo for CTV3 News.

The 13th street on the list is expected to be completed in 2 months time. The contract for the paving of streets was awarded to Teichrob and Sons LTD.


#463001 - 04/24/13 07:14 AM Re: OWTC Set To Pave 13 Streets [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Seven Streets Paved In O/W And Counting

Thirteen, that’s the number of dilapidated streets that the Orange Walk Town Council plans to pave in a span of six months. So far, with the inclusion of Muffles Street, which was paved yesterday, seven of the 13 streets have been renovated and the work continues. But where is the money for this major infrastructural project coming from? According to Mayor of Orange Walk Kevin Bernard, the project is being funded with tax payer’s money and not with funds endowed by Government as is being reported.

Kevin Bernard- Mayor Orange Walk

“We are hoping that just like the five other street that we have paved, this is another commitment that we are making as a council to the people of Orange Walk. Thereafter as well we have other street that we have prepared for paving for this week from what I understand from the contractors that by Wednesday we should be the completion of the other two streets and thereafter we will start to work on the preparation of the other streets that we have listed which is the continuation of this street which is Santa Maria Street, South Mejiba Street, and then later on to Mahogany and Sapodilla Street and then Rain tree Street. This is done through fiscal prudent that we have put into the council, we budgeted well and we are pretty sure that we can achieve these goals and these is what you are seeing now the results.”

Carmelita Perez – Reporter

“Is this money coming from the Town Council itself, from taxpayers’ money?”

Kevin Bernard- Mayor Orange Walk

“Definitely, all that you see that we are doing here are coming from the revenues getting from the people of Orange Walk. This is no money coming from no any other sources and I want to make one point clear because I also hear some people saying on other radio station that it is the government doing this, this is not the government this is the Orange Walk Town Council, the people of Orange Walk money being put into good investment.”

While the council continues to work towards their target of 13 streets, work continues on Santa Familia Street which is being upgraded under the Belize Municipal Development Project.

Kevin Bernard- Mayor Orange Walk

“That is part of the BMVP SIF project; of course the Council has to find additional monies to be able to carry out that work. So what the residents of Santa Familia are seeing right now is the drainage part of the work plan being done and I want to ask them to bear patience because we want to get that project completed as soon as possible. That would see the first phase of the section of that street and then in phase two they will seeing the ending of up to the Pasadita entrance of Santa Familia Street being fully paved.”

The upgrading of Santa Familia Street comes at a cost of over four hundred thousand dollars.



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