The Works Department continues to beautify the city streets day in and day out and the past few days have been no exception as the Works team toil tirelessly. Apple Street and Sunrise Street were both recently on the roster to receive patch work as these streets were generally still in good condition but had some potholes that were affecting residents. Supervisors Ronald Burgess and Reynaldo Wagner were on site to monitor that it was a job well done. Jane Usher Boulevard was swept in preparation of premix; Supervisor Omar Guillen and his men did an excellent job of smoothly spreading the mix they emptied from the truck. All in all the men continued to do an amazing job.
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.
Today the Special Constable Unit and Traffic Department convened at the ITVET Training Room for a National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) training on Shelters & Shelter Management facilitated by Coordinator Ms. Timrose Augustine. The Special Constable officers, Traffic Wardens, Sanitation Department Inspectors, Managers and Supervisors in attendance were all extremely receptive to the information provided. It was both informative and interactive. The discussion ranged from: Tsunamis to Child Protection Policies inclusive of the International Mandates and the Humanitarian Principles, Discrimination of shelterees, Space Allocation, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation, et cetera. Ms. Augustine provided a session filled with scenarios of possible outcomes to give an idea of what the situation can quickly escalate to and allow the officers to use better judgement.
All in all our Traffic, Sanitation and Special Constable officers and Managers are now much more informed when the opportunity presents itself to make use of the training knowledge. In turn this allows us to be more confident of their ability to handle these high stressed situations when natural disasters occur.
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.
The Belize City’s Child Advisory Body continues to be the voice of children and youth in our municipality. This time they were featured in World Health Organization’s website article entitled “Belize steps up to prioritize the health challenges faced by its youth”. Belize City CAB’s Secretary Lezli McCulloch and Public Relations Representative Jared Cain were interviewed on topics ranging from violence all the way through to sexual and reproductive health issues currently being faced by the young people of Belize and what they would hope to have the future look like with these issues given ample exposure and attention.
Belize City’s CAB is conducting its next meeting on Friday April 20, 2018 to discuss its Strategic Plan, appoint a new President & Vice President, introduce its newest additions to their Technical Steering Committee and assign portfolios for members to report on. We look forward to great things happening from this group within our municipality in the coming days.
Child Advisory Body’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CABbze/
The Sanitation Department of the Belize City Council never drops the ball always ready to get the job done right. Here we have the Before and After photos showcasing an abandoned lot corner Kelly Street and Fuller’s Lane that required quite a bit of attention with its overgrown grass and trees that required some trimming. Our team came through as they always do and had that lot looking brand new.
Special thanks to our Sanitation Supervisor Mr Simeon Alvarez and our Sanitation Manager Mr Percy Murillo for the tireless work that they do for the Council and the residents of Belize City.
Do you know of any Overgrown Lots within the city that need our help?
The Belize City Council wishes to spotlight The Belize Basketball Federation’s Belize Boys U15 National Team as they put up quite a fight beating out Guatemala 68-62 but were met with defeat against Costa Rica 62-50. In the end they came out strong with a victorious win against host team El Salvador 82-72. They secured 3rd place at the U15 COCABA Championship and we could not have been more proud of our boys.
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.
In every organization there are always the people you see and the ones you don’t, both of which are working diligently to improve the quality of service within that organization. Within the Belize City Council the Sanitation Inspectors definitely fall within that category. Here we have Ms. Tiffany Diaz conducting a routine inspection at the BTL Park at one of several food kiosks. Our inspectors procedurally check for each vendor’s Food Handler’s card, proper attire requirements, satisfactory establishment, as well as for all goods to be cleaned and covered according to health regulations and finally to ensure proper garbage disposal guidelines are upheld.
If anyone would like more information on the inspection process kindly contact our main office at 227-7205/2308/4114 for further details.
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.