Belize City Council had the esteemed pleasure of greeting the queens who have earned their crowns in their respective districts as well as the current Queen of the Bay 2017-2018 Aaliyah Amber Ysaguirre. Mayor Bernard Wagner, Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold and Councillor Allan Pollard were honored to host and dine with these very informed young women. Through dialogue we learned of concerns they had hoped to shed more light on through their platform such as the current claim from Guatemala on Belizean territory. These young women had thoughts, ideas and opinions and were very engaging. We certainly wish each queen vying for the title all the best and may the best delegate win.
This morning Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner received a cheque from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The cheque was delivered by First Secretary David Cheng-Wei Wu on behalf of H.E. Ambassador Charles K.Y. Liu. This donation was made to assist the Traffic Department in obtaining some traffic lights for the city.
His worship Mayor of Belize City Bernard Wagner is in London UK for Jalsa Salana 2018 organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Jalsa Salana is an annual peace gathering founded in India in 1926 by Indian religious leader Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. The convention’s purpose is to enable individuals to personally experience religious benefits, enhanced knowledge and blessings. The Mayor was invited and accompanied by Amadiyya Muslim Jama’at Belize Imam Naveed Mangla. In his speech to the organization, the Mayor mentioned the positive impact Ahamdiyya Muslim Jama’at is having in our communities and youths in particular. The Mayor expressed his thanks and appreciation to be chosen to represent the residents of Belize City at this year’s convention.
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.