On January 22nd, 1999 San Pedro was host to the 1st Mayor's Association Meeting of 1999. Present for the meeting were: Mayor Cornelio Acosta of Corozal Town; Mayor Reynaldo Burgos of Orange Walk Town; Mayor Marshall Nuñez of Belize City; Mayor Luis Manzanerez, Deputy Mayor Desmond Berry and Councilor Albert Bradley of San Ignacio; Mayor Jorge Guerra, Deputy Mayor Marco Mendoza and Councilor Cocom of Benque Viejo del Carmen; Mayor Anthony Ramos of Dangriga; Mayor Anthony Westby of Punta Gorda; Mayor Alberto Nuñez, Deputy Mayor Eiden Salazar and Councilor Omar Guerrero of San Pedro. Also present were Mr. Vallen Hyde and Permanent Secretary Wayne Usher of Local Government. The Hon. Patty Arceo was the invited guest.
The meeting was called to order by the president of the Mayor's Association, Mayor Reynaldo Burgos. Mayor Alberto Nuñez then gave the welcome address. He welcomed everyone to San Pedro "La Isla Bonita." Mr. Nuñez encouraged all Town Boards to continue the good work that is being done, and to try and fulfill as much as possible in this new year. Mayor Marshall Nuñez then read the minutes of the last meeting that was held in Punta Gorda last year.
The Hon. Patty Arceo was then invited to address the meeting. Hon. Patty Arceo thanked everyone for coming to San Pedro, and invited them to enjoy "La Isla Bonita." Hon. Arceo expressed that the Belize Tourist Board is working very hard to open Tourist Centers in all towns. She encouraged all mayors to keep their towns clean and invited all town boards to continue the work of serving the people.
The new business of the day was a discussion on how to go about the privatization of garbage and tax collection. All boards expressed that the idea of privatization was good, but that each town would need to set their rules and regulations. It was decided that a separate meeting be held with the P.S. of Local Government Mr. Wayne Usher, to discuss privatization.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m. The host Mayor then invited everyone to a tour of San Pedro.
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