San Pedro Town Council acquires cobblestone-making machine

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 12, No. 36            September 19, 2002

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Councilor Perez, Deputy Mayoress Mel Spain and Town Administrator Alberto Villanueva with cobblestone machine

In keeping with their commitment to urban planning and infrastructure development, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has recently acquired a cobblestone-making machine for the island. This very valuable piece of machinery was special ordered from Quimica Trans-golfo de Mexico in Merida, Mexico and is valued at about $15,000. The SPTC purchased this machine in order to accomplish their long-term goal of placing cobblestones on the primary streets of the island, which will include Barrier Reef Drive and Pescador Drive.

    The four-piece cobblestone-making machine consists of (1) the actual block making machine, (2) mixer, (3) drying cart for the cobblestones and (4) the cobblestone mold. The SPTC is currently soliciting the services of a professional who will teach town council employees how to operate and maintain the machinery.

    According to San Pedro Town Administrator Alberto Villanueva, after the employees have been trained to use this machinery, the cobblestone-laying process will commence. The machine is capable of manufacturing 600 pieces a day and the cobblestone placing process will not begin until a large quantity of cobblestones are ready (20,000-30,000). The town council will purchase all the materials needed for the project and a qualified supervisor will be hired for the job. The work will be conducted with the same specifications as Coconut Drive.

    The San Pedro Town Council takes this opportunity to thank the Ministry of Finance for giving them duty exemption on this machine, essential to the development of "La Isla Bonita." Mr. Villanueva ended by stating that this project is possible thanks to the residents' tax paying dollars.
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