And while the dynamic PUP 7 slate are pounding the pavement and hitting the streets in their campaign trails, we had the opportunity to ask the Mayor about their plans of their newly drafted Manifesto. And while we are all aware of the difficulties and hardships faced by this Administration, Bernard sufficed to say that they are looking at a wider scope of community needs and infrastructural development for Orange Walk Town and how best to further improve in their services and boost tourism for Shuga Citi.
Kevin Bernard – Newly elected Chairman, OWTHS Board
“Our manifesto, if you look at the theme “Continuously Servicing The People” is driving the message that we will continue to work hard for the people of Orange Walk, we will continue to bring about progress, we will continue to bring about things that we believe that we can better improve the lives of our citizens, if you look at the Manifesto our key issue is talking about the street because we know that is priority and we know how best we can further improve, so in the Manifesto there are several areas where we have touched, financial stability of the council will remain because that was our mantra, we had to turn things around, we had to ensure that we could have stabilize the finances of the council we have done that as a council we have been able to improve collections we have been able that the services that we deliver has improved and we know that there is a lot much more to do a lot more improvement to make and that is why we believe that as a team we can continue to bring about these services to continue to deliver for the people of Orange Walk, we have various aspects as I said, financial aspect we talking about taxes, we talking about streets and infrastructure major investments that we want to put in, talking about the 5 million dollar bond we walking about new and improved parks an play grounds in other areas, we are talking about expanding the free Wi-Fi in other parks and play grounds we are taking about making out town in the initiative as you know we had sign into being a child friendly municipality so we have put in things there that will look at that, we are talking about the women agenda, we want to promote the women agenda so we can encourage single mothers and find opportunities for them, local economic development, we need to ensure that there is much more activity within our local economy so we have to find innovative way on how to do that as well the commitment to our tourism stakeholders working together with BTIA Orange Walk that is our promise, we said in 2012 we will work hard with BTIA and have been working hard and very closely with BTIA Orange Walk and we also know that they also have a Board that manages that Organization but we have been working in collaboration with them to ensure that tourism is improved, I know as well that in other areas we are trying to build more partnership with the police, we want to look at more safe for our children, for our neighborhoods and our citizens on a whole so our collaboration and our partnership with the people program that we have started we want to continue and these are things that we are talking about so what we did we look at the 30 year municipal growth plan that we have put forward together with the community and we took some things out of those to build on to our manifesto because our manifest must work towards those goals and that is what we are doing.”
The PUP slate saw the replacement of Neri Ramirez with Gian Vasquez. Mayor Bernard says despite not getting help from Central Government, and inheriting a huge debt from the past administration, the Council has achieved 92 percent of what they had promised in their 2012 Manifesto.
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