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If we were asked to select one infrastructural problem that the Orange Walk Town Council has been addressing since they took office back in March of 2012, we would have to say streets. At the same time, we have to recognize that Orange Walkenos are gravely concerned about the conditions the streets are in despite the council’s constant efforts to have them upgraded. The good news is though, that residents and business owners of one particular street have come up with a plan of action that could see the complete facelift of the street they live on. Today Mayor of Orange Walk Kevin Bernard spoke to us about the initiative which could see the adoption of Guadalupe Street.

Screen_Shot_2013-11-28_at_8.10.44_PMKevin Bernard- Mayor Orange Walk Town

“Las week or weed and a half ago I had a meeting with members of the business community of that street Mr. Salas, Mr. Mendoza from CGI, Mr. Rempel and also representatives from the Cane Farmers Association came to meet with me and we discussed the proposal they would want to see Guadalupe street improve and how they as business persons can assist in the development on that street through the taxes that contribute and also through contributions by the business community in that area. In extension, the proposal then lead us approach the residence of that area, those residence that live on that area we want to see how they can and the commitment that the council would have been to ensure that the taxes that are collected from that street goes into a special fund so last night meeting was basically to throw out the idea to the residence and I want to thank all those who attended and I think it was very receptive, it was a very positive meeting and we should be having another meeting on the 9th of December.”

While the plan was recently conceived, several proposals were laid on the table during a meeting held last night with business owners of the area.

Kevin Bernard- Mayor Orange Walk Town

“They wanted see how we can get the entire Guadalupe Street from one length to the next fully cemented or put down hot mix that we have on Aviles Lane but it is a significant amount of money including drainage and the full works and the amount of taxes that we collect on that street is a minimal amount almost $20,000.00 and of course we have also about 20,000 in arrears that we need to collect but we are trying to see how the residence will respond but we are to work with that figure we also looking at proposal where the business community will invest into that project whether they pay up in advance in terms of their taxes or make significant contributions directly from their revenue of sales that they make but it is a first step but if this thing does come to fruition like I mention to them in the meeting last night it is going to be a model for other to follow and I think we would love to see the same happens in Main street where a lot of businesses is there but we have to take everything one step at a time and I believe it is something positive that can happen and this council is prepared to work along with that committee but at the next meeting that is when we will form the committee to plan and to direct the way to put this project forward.”

We will have more on this story as the project develops.

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