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Mar 3, 2011

City Hall’s Open Day

They are not usually on the same hymn sheet, but Belize City Mayor Zenaida Moya Flowers and councilors put their best foot forward today for City Hall’s Open Day. A little over ten booths displayed the work and services offered by the Council on the occasion of their fifth anniversary in office. News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

The Belize City Council today held the second of three events in birthday celebrations. Several departments from the council brought out informational displays for an open day at the NICH parking lot, which Councilor Dion Leslie says serves to educate the public and solicit feedback.

Dion Leslie, City Councilor

Dion Leslie

“We’re celebrating the fifth anniversary of this City Council and today we decided to have an open day to showcase all the different departments and roles of the council because people usually limit the council to the everyday roles that you see like fixing of streets, drains and what’s not. But it goes so much deeper than that.  We invite people to come out, look at it. If you have any suggestions of how we can improve these departments or concerns we’re open here just to educate you and to get your feedback on what the council does on a day to day basis.”

Leonard Tucker

The visitors to the booths learned about everything from not to litter, to how streets are paved and even what the council has in store for the future.

Leonard Tucker, Sanitation Enforcement Officer

“Di sanitation department mostly based pan fi educate people about littering eena Belize City because if you go around Belize City yoh wah find out dat Belize City got wah lot ah hot spots.  We just di share with the school children dehn. We give dehn wah lee candies and lee books if dehn ansa questions like who is the deputy mayor, who is the mayor, and like weh street dehn live pan and weh time di dirt truck come round and if dehn ansa dehn question we give dehn wah lee candy or so.”

Humberto Martinez, Sr. Supervisor, Works Department, Belize City Council

Humberto Martinez

“We have the mechanic section; if you notice we have some tools we brought out. We have the Works department, we’re in charge of the fixing of the streets and also we brought some materials that we use on the streets. I try to educate them in the process like for example in the preparing of tar, what we do, what is the process, what happens if the weather changes suddenly on us and when they left they say well now they understand why sometimes we take precautions and we do what we do.”

Adrian Rodriguez, Executive Admin Officer, Belize City Council

“My area weh I di focus pan dah mainly tourism just fi give people—try give dehn more information about some ah di plans weh under the Sustainable Tourism Program, different plans weh dehn have fi di tourism zone, how dehn want uplift it, how dehn want address the issues wid di vendors, tour operators and so on and so forth.”

Today’s turnout was impressive; especially the number of students who attended and Leslie says the celebration continues.

Dion Leslie

“We invited all school. I know yesterday when we last checked we had over a thousand students who had committed to come out today to view this open day and we’re grateful for that and we’re thinking of making it a yearly event now. We invite everyone to come out tomorrow to the opening of the band stand. If you missed the rest of the events for the week, we invite you to come out tomorrow, have a little fun. There will be entertainment and what’s not and we invite you to come and see the opening of it.”

The opening of the bandstand begins at eleven a.m. on Friday. Delahnie Bain for News Five.

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3 Responses for “City Hall’s Open Day”

  1. Bzeanindmix says:

    Belizeans need to speak out on foolishness like this. Our children’s parent’s need jobs they need financial stability. And the mayor is thinking about celebrating their 5th anniversary. WHAT ABOUT THE 5 YRS THAT PEOPLE ARE SPENDING BEING HUNGRY WHILE YOU ARE SQUANDERING THE CITY’S MONEY AWAY MS MOYA? With all the money spent putting together this little exhibit many jobs could have been created and many more mouths could have been fed. WAKE UP BELIZE AND STOP BENDING OVER AND NOT SAYING NOTHING….

  2. Bz says:

    Why exactly was city money spent on this? This just seems like a big pat myself on the back…..with our money!

  3. Angela says:

    keep up the good work Mayor. i learned a lot!

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