As we speak the Orange Walk Town Council along with representatives from the Ministry of Health are carrying out a meeting at the Philip Alvarez Park with residents of Orange Walk Town.
The meeting will serve two purposes, one…for residents to voice out their concerns to the council and two….for the public to get a better understanding of the Zika Virus which has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization. To date Belize remains without any confirmed cases of the virus and the Ministry of Health and town council intend to keep it that.
If we talk about the efforts the council is carrying out to keep the community Zika free, Mayor Kevin Bernard says they are advising property owners of busy lots to clear their land……or else.
Kevin Bernard – Mayor Orange Walk Town
“It is not the onus of the Council to maintain people’s private properties; you have a property, you bought a property, it is your responsibility to maintain that property, it must be kept clean and it must be kept chopped and so I appeal to all those residence that have over grown lots, vacant lots, please go in and maintain your property, it is a health hazard, it creates a lot of rodents, snakes for the neighbors that live in those areas and it affects because people tend to hide in those areas, burglary happen when you have too many over grown lots in those areas, at the same time we need to clean Orange Walk and to see that our Town is improving, it is a process that we have started I remember the council can take action on these overgrown properties, we have already starting with a mater in the court at this point in time where we are going to action properties that are not paying their taxes and that they are overgrown so we are serious about this and we need to ensure that they can take responsibility of their property we cannot allow for thing to continue the way it has been where people has their land, they don’t care about it, they don’t develop the land but yet the council has to bear the burden in addressing those issues.”
In the area of Little England there are a number of overgrown lots which the council sent to clean today.
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