By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, at Friday’s House Meeting, pledged to support a five million-dollar bond being proposed by the Orange Walk Town Council in an effort to upgrade that municipality’s infrastructure.
“Without a doubt, whatever permission or approval is required from the Ministry of Finance for the town council to float its five million dollar bond, they will have it, no questions asked,” Barrow pledged.
Barrow added that once the council is able to secure the bond he doesn’t “think it would be difficult to try to find some additional resources to give to them.”
John Briceno, the PUP’s area representative for Orange Walk Central introduced the plan to the PM. Barrow commended the Council for following the lead of Belize City Mayor Darrel Bradley who introduced a municipal bond to facilitate the concreting of streets.
Barrow also noted that the government has started works on the Phillip Goldson Highway through Orange Walk Town and predicted those works to be completed as soon as possible.
The Belize Tourism Industry Association Orange Walk chapter issued an open letter to the PM this week complaining about the conditions of roads and streets and the negative impact businesses in the town face as a result.