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Dec 22, 2016

New Equipment for City Council as Part of Flood Mitigation Project

Darrell Bradley

The Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project has brought significant changes to the north side of Belize City, particularly the busy residential areas of Belama and closer to downtown on Douglas Jones Street, Cinderella Plaza and along the waterfront. But while most of those are infrastructural, the Belize City Council as a participant in the project is getting capacity building in the form of G.I.S. training and a million dollars of much needed equipment. Today Mayor Darrell Bradley detailed how several of the new special-purpose trucks will be deployed across the Old Capital.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“A part of that project that may not be as visible if the capacity enhancement at City Hall and that included the gifting of technology so that we’re now using GIS and several pieces of equipment, computers, software that have been given to the City Council; and as part of that as well is a million US dollars’ worth of heavy equipment, including an asphalt truck, including street sweepers, a sludge truck, several dump trucks, so there’s a listing of pieces of equipment that have already landed in Belize; it’s just because again of the Christmas holidays there’s been a slight delay in the actual transfer of the equipment; but we will get those pieces of equipment quite early in the new year and that equipment will aid in the delivery of maintenance and upgrade services for Belize City. Particularly the sludge truck; we complain about a lot of drainage – that’s going to be a tremendous asset for Belize City so that we can pump out the sludge in some of our major drains, and that will alleviate some of the flooding conditions in particular areas of Belize City. The asphalt truck as well, will allow the City Council to internally be asphalting streets. I think the concreting works, and that project has gone on very well, but when we do asphalting of streets we have to outsource it; this would allow us to actually buttress that with our own internal capacity; I think we will still have to outsource street construction initiatives, including through asphalt, but this will allow us to do streets ourselves. It’s only one asphalt truck, but that’s going to be a significant attachment to our complement of equipment.”

 

Training continues into the New Year for City Hall’s works staff on usage of the vehicles; however, maintenance will be handled out of house by Gentrac Limited.

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