This afternoon, Mayor Bernard Wagner and Councilors met with Mr. Andres Azaola, the General Manager of the Tourist Village on Fort Street. Mr Azaola spoke of the improvements that have taken place since taking over in 2015 including amping up security inside the Village that have skyrocketed international ratings. He also spoke of improving business for the licensed tour operators outside of the Village and is willing to collaborate with the Council to improve the experience and security of the tourists venturing outside the village exploring city streets. He also indicated he is excited to partner with us on future upcoming ventures.
It is with great pleasure that the Belize City Council introduces Mrs. Stephanie Lindo Garbutt as its new City Administrator. Mrs. Lindo Garbutt comes to City Hall with a proven track record as a top performer in complex business environments in both the private and public-sector management. Her applied work experience in sustainable project management and her established achievements in strategy and change management are key assets in supporting the Belize City Council in carrying out its three-year mandate while establishing a solid foundation for its continued success. In addition, Mrs. Lindo Garbutt work experience align succinctly with the Council’s manifesto promises and their operational function under the Council’s legal mandate. The Belize City council is confident that Mrs. Lindo Garbutt will create an enabling environment for effective communications, teamwork and cross functional development. The Council looks forward to working closely with Mrs. Lindo Garbutt. Welcome to City Hall!
Belize City Councilor Dr. Candice Pitts also responsible for Sister City Relationships had a meaningful meeting with Ugochukwu Nwaokoro, as Deputy Mayor for the Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka Newark City Council. Notably, Nwaokoro is a Nigerian and the first African-born appointed Deputy Mayor in the USA. Councillor Dr. Pitts also worked with the Mayor’s father, the late great Amiri Baraka, in the past in an academic setting. So, it would be great now for Councllor Dr. Pitts to work with the son, the Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka to cultivate relations between the two cities they serve.
Belize City Councillor Dr. Candice Pitts has been selected by the Anglican Diocese of Belize in New York as one of its 2018 Honorees.
On June 10 Councillor Dr. Pitts was honored in New York for her, “dedicated service to family and the national development and transformation of the communities she serves”
In an interview with BBN, Dr. Pitts said, “Truth be told, I grew up in Port Loyola in Belize City, in an economically disadvantaged environment and at a time that forced me to be socially and politically conscious. I witnessed and continue to witness the alarming increase of social ills, such as poverty, crime, and violence.”
“I also continue to witness the marginalization and subjugation of certain vulnerable groupings, such as many of our youth and our girls and women. I have therefore committed my energy to the development of our community and City, with the view of helping to expose and combat some of the socio-cultural and political injustices that have marginalized and excluded large segments of our citizenry, and with the view of helping to create a society and country that are more equitable and conducive to our collective progress and prosperity,” she added.
According to Dr. Pitts, her fundamental objective in life has, “always been to reach the highest expression of my self, make my contribution to humanity, and live my life pleasing to God.”
Congratulation to Councillor Dr. Candice Pitts!!!
Our Public Relations team had a meeting this morning to discuss how we can continue to keep our City Residents updated with the day to day activities of each department as well as expanding our reach to grow our audience with the upcoming projects we’re working on…We have great things in store..
Thank you to Councillor Allan Pollard (Public Relations portfolio)
Mrs Michelle Smith – Public Relations Coordinator
Ms Sharin Pitts – Public Relations Officer
As well as the Managers, Supervisors and Coordinators in attendance we thank you.
This past Saturday our Works Department alongside Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold and Councillors’ Albert Vaughan and Micah Goodin took to the Swing Bridge for a much needed colorful facelift. They were accompanied by students of Wesley Junior College. The bridge gets an annual or bi-annual paint job as needed as it one of the downtown area’s largest focal points anda historical landmark. Nearby corner Queen Street the pedestrian crossings were also repainted to ensure a safer pathway. The paint crew will be taking on other pedestrian crossings in the upcoming days.
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”