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#478512 - 11/27/13 10:37 AM Belize City Mayor Speaks on Deteriorated Streets
Marty Offline
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The rapid deterioration of some Belize City streets as a result of four weeks of constant rains has prompted the Belize City Council to seek additional funds to extend its total number of streets that it will have given priority to as part of its infrastructure works, and the attention they will receive include drainage as well as resurfacing.  Today Mayor Darrell Bradley told Love News that by the end of the street upgrades, the Council will have dealt with well over 100 streets.

DARREL BRADLEY

“We are very hesitant to do remedial works on some streets until we get at least a week full of clear weather.  What we are doing is we are ensuring that we can finish our hundred streets and I want to make very clear that the situation in Belize City would have been much worse if we had not done streets like Freetown Road and Orange Street.  We finished 95 streets so far concreted.  And these have ensured that residents in Belize City, at least the main areas, have a clear drive even when you see the four weeks of continued rains, the concreted streets have held up well.  In respect of responding to the unprecedented rains we have had, what we are doing is that we are working closely with the Ministry of Finance and together with them, we will set out a series of infrastructure that will be done within Belize City and this is something that is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Finance and the City Council is benefiting from that will include a drainage component and so what we will be doing is that all the streets that have been concreted, we are going back over those streets, we have done an assessment and we have identified 25 of those streets that will require drainage; for example, along streets like Jasmine, Flamboyant, Oleander and Tibruce; these are streets between Mahogany and the river.  We are looking at those streets to put in very nice v-shaped drains; we are also unveiling a project in relation to 17 streets in the south side like Louise Bevans Street, street that people constantly clamor about; they are not a part of the hundred streets.  On each of these streets we have an estimate and on none of these streets, we will be putting less than forty loads of hard core material.  We will be digging out the drains and all of these streets will get culverts and we will put culverts across the street and put hard core material and we are rolling all of these streets and these should take us about six weeks.”

And while the works on the streets are expected to be completed by the end of this year, the BTL Park will not be ready for re-opening for December 7 as planned.  But Mayor Bradley says that the newly retrofitted and modernized park will be ready in time for Christmas and the re-opening will be with a bang.

DARREL BRADLEY

“The BTL Park sadly, will be delayed.  This is something that was precipitated by the rains; we have had four weeks of continuous rains.  We wanted to launch the park on the 7th December, we have had to meet with stakeholders, we have had to meet with park vendors and we are communicating with the contractor and they have made a recommendation to us to delay the launch of the park to the 20th December.  We have already finalized works in terms of having fireworks display, we are contracting a company out of Guatemala who will do a very nice show for us; we have engaged an artist from Jamaica, DeMarco who will come in to Belize for the performance, he has a lot of new hits and he will perform toned down hits because it is a family event.  We are getting a plethora of local artists to complement him.  We are going to do our traditional Christmas tree lighting; we are going to put a tree there.”

As a part of the re-opening of the park, the Council will distribute gifts to 15 children. The Christmas tree lighting at the BTL Park, says Mayor Bradley, won’t interfere with the traditional downtown Christmas tree lighting, which is scheduled for this Friday.

DARREL BRADLEY

“This is an activity that Bowen and Bowen company always does every year; it’s an activity that residents of Belize City always look forward to.  Of course, Bowen and Bowen adopted the Mule Park, they invested all the costs in rebuilding Mule Park and uplifting it to its traditional look and that will be held this Friday.  They will have Pantempers, people will be treated to Coca Cola; it’s going to be a nice activity.  Bowen and Bowen will be having its tree lighting ceremony which is a 20-foot high Christmas tree; it’s an activity that children look forward to every year.  The traffic situation will be a little tight this Friday because we will be closing down that area to vehicular traffic from four o’clock in the evening in preparation for the start of that activity and we expect that it will be a spectacular event.”

Meanwhile, on the issue of the absentee Councilor, Eric Chang, who left Belize for China in September and has not yet returned, Mayor Bradley says that within the next week or two, the Council will move to remove him as Councilor, ceasing his salary payments.

DARREL BRADLEY

“One of the things that we are very mindful of is that we are going to have a council meeting next week and that will make the third meeting that Councillor Chang has missed which is unexcused and we have monthly meetings so, we expect that by December if he doesn’t return to the jurisdiction, he would have missed four meetings and then there are certain things that are triggered as a result of him not being in communication with us.  We are mindful of those things and we are trying our best to ensure that the functions of the council continue in normalcy and we are also trying our best to reach out to him so that he indicates to us what the concern is.  If he misses a certain amount of meetings unexplained, four meetings in terms of what the legislation says there are certain things that are triggered there in respect to his disqualification so that he would actually cease to be a councillor and if he ceases to be a councillor then he will not be paid as a councillor.”

Mayor Bradley says that while the Council has been functioning without Chang in office and it is not necessary, there would still have to be a bi-election to elect Chang’s replacement based on the law.  We also asked the Mayor about the outstanding debt that the Council owes to Belize Waste Control to collect garbage.

DARREL BRADLEY

“Going into the month of December, we are starting to see an increase in flows in terms of tax collection and what we do is we make accelerated payments.  I had a meeting with Paula Griffith a few weeks ago and what we did to alleviate some of the tension is that we made three payments so that we could at least bring down the arrears situation; I think that we have, since then, made payments every single week.”

Belize City Mayor, Darrel Bradley.

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#478651 - 11/29/13 09:58 AM Re: Belize City Mayor Speaks on Deteriorated Streets [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

City Council Launches Emergency Repairs

But before he offers himself for any political office - mayor included - Bradley has to rehabilitate his image, which, right now, means rehabilitating streets that have fallen to ruin with the last month of rains. Today the City announced that major works will start on two high volume traffic areas. The work will block or partially block two major access ways into the city:..

Kenny Morgan, Public Relations - Belize City Council
"One of the two major arteries in the city will be interrupted; one being our present location at the corner of Partridge Street and the George Price Highway. The entire section between the Lord Ridge Cemetery; from Partridge Street to its junction with Vernon Street will be worked on commencing tomorrow morning at 10am. Because of the works that will be carried on of course we will have to do some traffic diversion. I take this opportunity to inform the public of the altering routes that will be provided. At this time we are looking at for entry and exit from the city we are looking at utilizing Western Avenue and Mahogany streets and this will be for the larger vehicles; goods trucks, delivery vehicles and trailers. We will be asking these drivers to utilize the Western Avenue/Mahogany Street route."

"For smaller vehicles we will be utilizing Vernon Street as the entry and exit point. As well we have just been informed that works are to be commencing on the Flag Monument Round-about. This is a project that will have significant impact on the motoring public and as such we will be carrying the works out in a way so as to not let the burden be too hard on the public. While the works are on-going at the Flag Monument Round-about a lane will be kept open so as to facilitate the flow of traffic in to and out of the city, but we are asking motorist if it is not absolutely necessary for you to venture into that area as much as possible. Try to use alternate routes such as St. Thomas Street, Coney Drive and the other streets that are in the area."

Work on the Western Highway will take two to 3 weeks and on the Belcan roundabout, 10 - 12 days.


What’s Up With Pen Road?

Another area that's in a mess is Neal's Pen Road, which was just paved this year. The work was obviously inferior and after the rains, the street looks just as pot holed as any 10-year-old street. The road was paved under the southside poverty alleviation project and we asked the man behind that project, Boots Martinez, who is also the area representative, what went wrong:..

Hon. Anthony "Boots" Martinez
"We believe that the heavy downfall of the rains, but that is not no instrument for making excuses. The contractor must go back and do what is necessary because we have a guarantee period and as I understand it the Ministry of Works have contacted the contractor to repair or make the necessary adjustment to the street."

Jules Vasquez
"I would look at that street as the materials were maybe inferior, the compaction was maybe inferior and the works itself maybe chip and seal need two layers, maybe it never had the proper two layers. That looks like an inferior job to me."

Hon. Anthony "Boots" Martinez
"I can't say, because again it's not the whole of Neal's Pen Road, it's a portion. You will say 85% of the road is holding. It's only certain portion and it was properly supervised by engineers. I don't know what failed that portion and I am not trying to play any engineer, but I know it must be rectified by the contractor."

We could not reach the contractor which is a Mennonite outfit out of Blue Creek.

Channel 7



Edited by Marty (11/29/13 09:59 AM)

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