Screen_Shot_2014-03-18_at_7.45.54_PMYesterday we told about the ‘hold’ on the works on Santa Familia Street, which falls under the Belize Municipal Development Project being carried out by the Social investment Fund. Up to Wednesday of last week the project was running smoothly, but things changed when residents began expressing discontent on the way the drains were being built.

 

Several calls were made to the Orange Walk Town Council, who after investigations, found out that the layout of the drains being built will pose flooding problems in the long run. Based on the complaints lodged, Mayor Kevin Bernard requested that the construction of the drains be ceased in order for an analysis to be made. Tonight, we can report, that after a meeting with representatives of the council, SIF and the contractor, in this case Demar’s Stone Company, it was decided to that all operational works in the area will be halted for two weeks.


Kevin Bernard– Mayor, OWTC


“The guys are going to go back to the drawing table because the existing drain will be lowered because of the fact that they agreed that the drains were built higher than the properties and the purpose is that apart from having the water run off the streets form the drain we also need that the people’s property is also addressed in that situation and so they have agreed in two weeks’ time they will come back and works will continue after we get the new design and that one it will be lower and that is what the new design will show, that the drains will go down to the level that it should be and then from there works will commence.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Will that glitch put astray on the budget allotted for that contract?”


Kevin Bernard– Mayor, OWTC


“Well, from what we understand they will try to stick within the budget and that is why within the week we would know if there will be any slight adjustments then we will be informed and if the council have to find any like 3% contribution in addition to whatever may be we are prepared to do so, but at the end of the day they would try to stick within the budget that they have which is three hundred thousand.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Did you get monies to get from some of the residence when you visited the site?”


Kevin Bernard– Mayor, OWTC


“There were two residences out there that were complaining on the issue.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“And so for those residences that are being affected that cannot drive into their yards because of the construction, what would you say to them?”


Kevin Bernard– Mayor, OWTC


“Just bear patience for the next two weeks and until the work commence and then that will be rectified and where the entrances are it will be repaired so that they can also get into their yards without any problems.”


Mayor Bernard met with Ernest Raymond, Site Engineer Carlton Young and contractor representative Javier Nunez.

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