This afternoon, The Belize City Council’s Mayor Bernard Wagner, Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold and Councillors; alongside Chief Union Representative for Belize City Council Ms. Stephanie Gongora, Finance Director Mrs. Marilyn Ordonez & Human Resources Director Ms. Sharlene Rudon were all present for a meeting with Christian Worker’s Union (CWU) President Mr. Mose Hyde, CWU General Secretary Mr. Floyd Neal and two (2) employees who faced termination that are CWU Members. Both sides expressed their concerns, the Mayor, Deputy and Councillors remained resolved that there will be no reinstatement of the employees that were let go. However, the Council does wish them the best in all their future endeavours.
The Belize City Council supports small businesses and we wish to see growth and development amongst our budding entrepreneurs. In an effort to make this possible, our Business Support Desk extends its services to the general public who wish to gain assistance with crafting business plans, obtaining financial aid, social media management, et cetera. Kindly contact us at : 227-7205/2308/4114 Ext. 277 for further details.
The hurricane season will soon be upon us and to ensure preparedness, Mayor Wagner and Councillors called their first City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO) meeting with all its stakeholders. In addition, an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Training Workshop was held and facilitated by National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO)
The Council assures the public that all necessary measures and actions will be exercised to ensure the safety of all.
“Always About The People”
At a reception held this evening at City Hall, Mayor Bernard Wagner with the support of the Party Leader, Party Chairman, Deputy Mayor and Councillors handed over the Key to the City to the President of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions Mr. Hally Haynes.
Belize City Mayor & Councillors meet with the US Embassy of Belize’s Charge d’Affaires Adrienne Galanek
As our new Belize City Mayor and Councillors settle into their positions, one of the first orders of business is to foster relationships with various organizations that will be beneficial to our municipality. So it was clear on the agenda that the United States Embassy of Belize is at the top of that list. So today our Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner and Councillors Micah Goodin, Aisha Gentle and Michael Norales were engaged in a meet and greet with the US Embassy’s Charge de Affairs Adrienne Galanek. It was a conversation that would open the door to future partnerships between the Belize City Council and the United States Embassy. As posted on the US Embassy’s Facebook page “We congratulate you, once again, and look forward to continuing our partnership in the areas of citizen security, good governance, economic prosperity, including programs focused on women, youth, and emergency preparedness.” We look forward to this and so much more.
April 3 2018 Councillor Dr. Candice Pitts embarked on her travel to the United States to foster relations with the city of Chicago’s Cure Violence. Councillor Pitts was greeted by Community Planner Marcus McAllister and Deputy Director of Cure Violence, Ricardo “Cobe” Williams and invited to their session to personally witness how the structure operates. At the meeting she was met by former gang members and affiliates who have since transformed their lives for the better and have been on a path of using the Cure Violence organization to help prevent the spread of violence and decrease the number of murders in the neighborhoods. Each member reported back on cases with the potential to escalate in their neighborhoods so the organization can see where attention can be given to diffuse this calmly. Upcoming plans were also made to reorient the lives of the organization’s members.
Thursday and Friday of Councillor Pitts’ trip was spent at the Annual College Language Association Conference. The Association itself was founded in 1937 by a group of Black scholars and educators and is currently comprised of college teachers of English and foreign languages which serves the economic, scholarly and professional interests of its members and the collegiate communities they represent. The theme of this year’s conference was “Native Sons/Daughters and Immigrants in the Black Metropolis.” After listening to presenters from countries of the globe Councillor concluded “What I find particularly pertinent to our city, however, was the conversation I engaged in about the ways in which our urban spaces help shape and define our lives. We are collectively concerned about the spike in crime and violence, and I do believe that we need to develop safety measures that will evolve with the developments and new problems and challenges attendant with our expansive urban spaces.” With that being said we expect impactful ideas from a seemingly inspired Councillor Pitts in the near future.
The Ministry of Local Government’s Officer Clifford King and The Belize City Council’s Director of Legal Affairs Mrs Margaret Mckenzie conducted an Orientation training for newly elected municipal officials. The focus of the training was on the legislative and regulatory aspects of governing the city. Some of the topics discussed included: The City Council Act, Towns Property Evaluation Act, Trade License and Liquor License Act, Standing Orders (how to conduct meetings, make decisions, minutes taking, etc) and the Accounting Regulations.
An immensely important portion of the training delved into the code of conduct for elected officials and mechanisms for internal controls. All in all the training provided an outline of City Council is to be ran and standards to be upheld.
Most recently the Belize City Council has been working alongside Innovaterra Consultants to the Inter-American Development Bank Mr Jean-Roch Lebeau and Mr Carlos Barillas for the Zoning Ordinance which is a part of the Emerging & Sustainable Cities Program.
Land and River tours were conducted to assist the consultants in the gathering of much-needed data which showcased Belize’s present land use, the utilization of our coastal areas as well as our residential and commercial zones. The river tour was especially scenic and provided a greater appreciation for our Belizean coast.