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Screen_Shot_2013-11-26_at_8.53.11_PMSan Andres Road, College Road, 6th Avenue, 2nd Street North and streets in the Areas of Altamira, Venezuela Layout, Dominguez Layout all have two things in common, they are in dire need of upgrading and they all fall under the jurisdiction of the Corozal Town Council headed by Mayor Hilberto Campos.


For several months now CTV3 News has been receiving complaints from Corozal residents about the terrible conditions the streets find themselves in. The weather has not made the situation any easier as the constant rains just add more pot holes to the streets. Just as CTV3 News, the Corozal Town Council is bombarded with the complaints on a daily basis since they are responsible for the upkeep of the town’s infrastructure.


And it seems that the complaints caught up with the Town Council because bright an early this morning workers were seen repairing 4th Avenue. As we visited the scene, Mayor Campos arrived in the area and we took the opportunity to ask him about the works conducted in the area.


Hilberto Campos - Mayor Corozal Town.


“As you can see the work has started, we have been trying during the bad weather to give temporarily alleviation however right now what we are doing is that we are going into more serious care of the streets repairs and i am proud to  inform that at any time now the contractors will be here in Corozal taking care of some paving being finance by the council some work that we will be doing along with Central Government, with the area representative it is a long way but we have to do it we have to get on board and work as hard as possible the damage done by the weather was tremendous, most of our streets re damaged and there is a long way to work and we are ready to do it.”

 

Victor Castillo – Reporter


“When you say a high percentage in figure wise?”


Hilberto Campos - Mayor Corozal Town.


“I would say that 70% of our streets have been damaged as I mentioned, this year has been exceptional when it comes to the weather it has been raining by the end of July and it has recently stopped and I thank God for the good weather he has been giving to us right now and he is giving us an opportunity to continue our work that we have to do.”


With over 70% of the streets in Corozal damaged over time and by the inclement weather there is no doubt that the Corozal Town Council has their work cut out for them. The easier part is though, that unlike the Orange Walk Town Council, which is going through the same problem with streets, the Corozal Town Council can count with the financial assistance of Central Government and with the assistance of the Ministry of Works.


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“Mayor Campos about how many streets are we looking into repair?”


Hilberto Campos - Mayor Corozal Town.


“To repair it is a great percentage of the paved streets that are damaged with the exceptions with the ones that were recently done for the last five years which is first avenue and fifth avenue and sixth street south and others that were recently done, most of the streets that have outlived their live span were damaged and we have to do some serious repairs and there are some of them that have gone beyond repairs so that it will definitely will be reprocess and repaved all over again and we are trying to do to standard so that it would be out live long lasting streets.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“Mayor Campos, you mentioned that assistance from government and the council does that means that the taxpayers have been coming up fort?”


Hilberto Campos - Mayor Corozal Town


“No, what did the council did is that we went into a plan that whatever revenues we have adjusted or budget that whatever revenues we get will have to make the extra effort and it will have to be directed into the streets, we mentioned about 60 to 70% of our streets damaged which means that the council have to do an extra effort to take care of their spending and make sure that the concentration would go on streets, when it comes to central government what we are doing is that we are working along with the area reps. From both Corozal North and Corozal Bay and they have already compromised to help the council in whatever way possible through ministry of works or extra finances but eh council will be concentrating in trying to come up with capital projects, paving of streets by their on with the assistance of these two people.”


According to Mayor Campos, in order to keep their side of the bargain, the town council has tightened on its spending.


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