The Hon. John Saldivar hosted a neighborhood meeting with residents in Salvapan on Friday night. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss current plans for renovations in that area as well as other areas in Belmopan City. The Minister, in his presentation, detailed those projects under the Municipal Development Plan.
Hon. John Saldivar:
Underneath the Municipal Development Project, that is a project which if you have noticed we have improved the [Bus] Terminal area in Belmopan. We have paved that area nicely, and the taxi stands. Under that same project we are also going to pave the entire Cemetery Road. We’re going to finish paving St Martin Road, all the way to the football field in Maya Mopan. We’re also going to pave St John’s Road, from St Martin Road all the way to UB. So those projects, you will see them coming to your area, if not by late this year, then by early next year. In the meantime the grader is going to come into these areas and grade all of these streets that have these terrible potholes.
During the session’s Q&A, a resident queried the Minister on the dilapidated state of the roads and drains as a result of heavy rains and what, if any, provisions are being made to best alleviate this problem.
Hon. John Saldivar:
As the Area Representative, just like how I got the grader through RECONDEV for them, we’re also trying to get a backhoe, which will assist us in the drainage. I can also tell you that all the streets that I have mentioned, that will be paved, will also have all their drainage fixed along with them. The drainage on Cemetery Road, the drainage on St Martin Road all the way to Maya Mopan, and the drainage on St John’s Road, will also be a part of that project. The other drainage, we’ll try to fix on our own with the backhoe.
A similar meeting was held the following morning in the Maya Mopan Village. Minister Saldivar, in conjunction with the Reconstruction Development Corporation (RECONDEV), also made a donation of $3,000 to El Shaddai Seventh Day Adventist Primary School in Belmopan to assist in purchasing computers for the School. Hon. Saldivar presented the cheque of $3,000 yesterday afternoon to Vice Principal Valentine Diego at the School’s campus on Macal Street in Belmopan City. Miss Diego said the donation will go a long way in assisting the school to equip its computer lab for the students.