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Mar 23, 2012

City Hall says let’s go 50/50 on streets

On Thursday, we aired part one of an interview with newly installed Mayor Darrell Bradley. In part two tonight, the mayor discusses upcoming projects. Because of its limited resources, the Belize City Council is trying a new concept called the fifty-fifty. For businesses and individuals who have disposable income and the interest to see their streets upgraded, City Hall will front fifty percent of the cost, provided that those businesses and individuals do the same. According to Mayor Bradley, the idea will also be job intensive as he intends to employ the Cisco Construction concept.


Darrell Bradley, Mayor of Belize City 


“We want to deal with the fifty-fifty program and I think people kinda misinterpreted what I meant. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have to pay fifty percent of the cost for us to fix your streets. But what we want to do is that for business who can afford and who are willing to do it, if you want to come up with some of the resources to have your street fully paved, to have your drains fully paved then the City Council will match you. And we will work on that immediately as a priority. And I have indicated that even if we have to source the money from central government or we have to borrow the money. If residents are that serious about infrastructure that they are willing to make a financial contribution, we will meet with them. I also have scheduled a meeting with Mr. Woods early next week and there have been very successful programs that his company has run in terms of the building of streets. Of course they insist, and I think it is a very healthy idea; that it is all done manually because they want to ensure that there is also that aspect of job creation and upliftment. And we are looking to partner with other groups like them to ensure how we can deal with this. Of course we are also looking long term in terms of seeing how we can finance an infrastructure redevelopment program. And we are talking about at least sourcing something like thirty million dollars to ensure that we can commit all that resources into street works. We have already met also in terms of dealing with some of our financial providers to ensure that we are able to identify equipment. We are going to be purchasing a roller, a grader and several dump trucks. And I’ve met consistently with our Works Manager and the City Engineer. We did a city tour which took us five hours driving around the streets of Belize City because I really want to be hands on in terms of infrastructure so that people know we are serious. I’ve instructed the Works Manager to be going out doing assessments and he is fixing some of the streets that we can fix and that we can afford to fix. And we have several plans in place where we are sourcing funding for doing Freetown Road; we want to do Barrack Road and we want to do Hyde’s Lane. And we are taking about doing these cemented streets because they last longer, they are a little bit more expensive but it looks better and it is more durable. And so the quality of these streets will be done by way of how Albert Street and Regent Street looks and we are also doing an inventory of all streets.”

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2 Responses for “City Hall says let’s go 50/50 on streets”

  1. busha says:

    what a concept, not only do you have to pay all the taxes, but you have to bribe them to do the job they’re supposed to be doing?!!!! Damn… what about using this with the Super Bond, all Belizeans who wish to see the super bond dissapear, made a few donations please.

    Please make the checks out to busha. An account will be openend at the Belize Bank, ask for account called Dumbass Donations.



  2. CayoBuay says:

    ‎”individuals who have disposable income” – That is the joke of the century right there…

    First of all.. Why is City Council dealing with infrasturcture projects like Paving streets? Paving costs upward of a million per mile.

    Second: As busha says, why pay taxes and then have to pay again to get your streets fixed? Are the streets the ministers reside on in need of repairs and are they going to pay for half out of their pockets too (not the people’s tax pocket mind you)?

    City Council’s job should not be to build streets but to maintain streets…. This is how this should be working…

    City Council does an assesment of streets to be pafed and streets to be repaired. They submit a request to ministry of Works for the paving to be done and a request for materials to repair existing paved streets. The request will list streets by importance. Same goes for all local government bodies across Belize.

    When the approval goes through, Ministry of Works will submit a request to Central Gov for the finance to get the work done. And the process starts again for other streets that need work.

    Another thing, why are we paying private companies to do these works when we have the Ministry that can do it and get the Govt Discounts in there…

    I would like to see a detailed outlline of what the minitry of Works is responsible for since we have to give these contracts out to private companies.

    I may be wrong but this is what common sense is guiding me to think.

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