Phase 2 Undergoing Construction

Plans are in the making for the implementation of additional needed infrastructure projects in Punta Gorda. Correspondent Paul Mahung has the details.

PAUL MAHUNG

“Punta Gorda Mayor Anthony Fuentes commented on phase 1 of the Municipal Development Project in town and spoke of plans for the implementation of phase 2.”

MAYOR ANTHONY FUENTES

“Punta Gorda Town is part of the Belize Municipal Development Road Project and of phase 1 of the project, we renovated the Administrative building and of course pavement of Papana Street. Now under phase 2, the project that will be completed includes the pavement of Lucille Melendrez Boulevard, Robert K. Pennel Boulevard, Hopeville, the Wild Cane Street, Morning Glory street and Mangrove Street in Hopeville. Now the Punta Gorda Town Council has paid 3 percent of tax payersí money towards the pavement of these streets and boulevard. Our three percent amounted to 52.000. The additional seven thousand dollars, because drain works were not done on the Papanou , the Town Council had a credit of seven thousand dollars which was added to that phase two project. So that made it a three percent contribution made by the tax payers of this municipality of fifty nine thousand dollars towards the street. The total cost of monies that were allocated to the Punta Gorda Town Council under the Belize Municipal Development Project is 1.6 million dollars.”

PAUL MAHUNG

“Who is the contractor for these projects Mayor?”

MAYOR ANTHONY FUENTES

“So far the contract hasnít been awarded to anyone, it has to go to Belize and there they will decide who will be the contractor but the contractor for Phase 1 was Imar Fernandez from Orange Walk Town.”

PAUL MAHUNG

“Fuentes further expressed concerns about the financing of phase 2 of the Belize Municipal Development Project.”

MAYOR ANTHONY FUENTES

“Allocation for phase 2 which is 1.6 million dollars conferred to myself and the rest of the mayors of all nine municipalities, we were summoned to a meeting in Belmopan with the social investment fund whereby if the monies allocated to our municipality and the bill comes higher than what was allocated to the municipality, then portions of the project will not be able to be completed. Secondly if monies were allocated to the municipality is more than what the project costs then we were asked if the municipality would be able to help another municipality whose project would cost more than what was allocated.”

PAUL MAHUNG

“Mayor Anthony Fuentes. The bad condition of several streets here has sparked public concern here locally by many motorists as well as cyclists and pedestrians for urgent attention and very needed upgrading street work.”

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