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Screen_Shot_2015-04-14_at_7.46.00_PMA little over a month following their victory at the polls, the Orange Walk Town Council continues its work in the town. One of the biggest projects that the council has embarked on is the rehabilitation of streets within the town. Residents have complained constantly of the deplorable conditions of over ninety percent of the streets. Mayor Kevin Bernard says that streets have always been a priority for the council and they have commenced work on several. We caught up with the Mayor this morning along Saint Peter’s Street where work was ongoing.

Kevin Bernard – Mayor Of Orange Walk Town Council

“The people of Orange Walk clamored that they want their streets fixed and so we had already agreed to these streets before it is just that we were unable to get of course resources and all of that and so we waited until after the election to continue with these works so what we have done, we have done we had gone back and we have prepared Mahogany and Sapodilla because that is the first street that we are going to be paving and we have also done both sides of Liberty Avenue that needed attention and we also want to pave those, we have also prepared Trinidad Street and now we are doing St. Peters Street, of course it will see some other materials going in there thereafter we move on to Oleander Street and at some point we want to do Orchid Drive and Munoz Lane because we feel that these are main outlets that people travel and while these are not the only streets that we will be addressing we want to be able to pave these immediately but at the same time we want to ensure that we can put the second coat on some of the streets that we had done for example Muffles Street, Barbados Street and you have the Belize Street that we want to pass the second coat on so that it can stay much better that it is and Westby Alley as well as one of the streets we want to put second coat as well so that these streets can last.”

As mentioned by Mayor Bernard, the work is financed completely by tax payers money as there is no assistance coming in from Central Government.

Kevin Bernard – Mayor Of Orange Walk Town Council

“What we are seeing here is taxpayers money going back to taxpayers for the streets purposes and as you have known for the past three years we have not gotten any support from government and if the government wants to talk about San Antonio Road and Belize/Corozal Road that is their responsibility so I want to also make it clear sometimes people are confused o yeah the council is being done because of the government it is not so but what you are seeing is preparing our work based on the taxpayers money that we have been able to collect.”

The council will also be putting a second coat on Jamaica Street and also do some work on Bethias Street, said the Mayor. Resources are limited but the council plans on pushing the municipal bond project forward to achieve more work in the town.

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