And if he's going to be Minister of "Peacing" - then will Darrell Bradley be the Mayor of Concreting?
In five months in office - his council has quietly paved close to twenty streets - most of them with concrete.
Today he explained that in advance of the launch of the Municipal Bond, he hopes to finish paving a few other much trafficked streets:
Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City Council
"We've moved into Daily Street; we've already completed Daily Street. Now, we're on Craig Street, which comes from Daily Street unto Barrack; then we'll move on to Barrack Road. The BWS indicated to us that they will complete those works by next week Wednesday, and as soon as they finish, our contractor will go on that. They're also doing works along Hyde's Lane, and so Hyde's Lane will be cemented, and when they finish Barrack, we'll move on to Freetown Road. We'll then do Mapp Street, and Douglas Jone Street, and we'll then do North Front Street. The idea is that we want to do the whole downtown grade, so that when drivers drive in the downtown area, they get a perfect drive on fully cemented streets."
"All this is happening without the revenue from the bond."
"What we have done is that we have re-financed some of our existing facilities, on more favorable terms. And we've aggressively gone out to solicit support from the business community, and they have responded is droves. We got support from BTB, ICB - lots of members from the business community, Belize Bank - and so, the reason why we're doing this work in an aggressive fashion, is really to act as a marketing ploy for the bond, so that persons, when they buy into the bond, they can know that the monies will go to good use. They can can see what we can do when we come together as a community."
"So, you're able to Freetown Road, North Front Street, Barrack Road, Daily Street, Hyde's Lane, and Craig Street all without revenue from the bond."
"We are able to do all of the works with exception of Freetown Road. Freetown Road is a very costly street, and the projections are between $650,000 and $700,000, depending on how we do it, and depending on drainage works, and different things like that. So, we're able to do all the works including Cran Street, Hydes Lane, and Barrack with our internal funding."
Correction, Jules said "Superbond" - he should have said Municipal Bond - the two have no relation.
Craig street will cost eighty thousand dollars, Hyde's Lane ninety five thousand dollars, and Barrack Road, two hundred thousand dollars.
The list of the contracts, the wards and the bids will be published in the newspaper.