SPTC to relocate two buildings for Police
Thursday, March 27th, 2014
While the building of the new barracks is being spearheaded by Kanabar and a few other businesspeople, there is another issue of concern: the relocation of two small wooden houses donated to the police that will complement the barracks project. The two houses were originally donated as sleeping quarters for the Belize Coast Guard by the San Pedro Business Association (SPBA). Now that the Coast Guard has new headquarters near the marina, they no longer require the use of the buildings, and the SPBA has offered the building stop the San Pedro Police Department.The SPBA claims that they approached the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) for assistance in relocating the buildings, but months passed without any word from the SPTC. SPBA memberElitoArceoannounced last week that he was prepared to move the buildings with the help of community support, since all attempts to get the council’s assistance had failed.
Mayor Guerrero agreed that it has taken a few months for them to act on the initiative and indicated that the coordination to remove the buildings took time. “We know that tensions are high because of the recent crime and shooting and people want things to be done immediately, but these things take time,” said Guerrero. When asked what is taking so long,Guerrero indicated that the delay was due to the acquisition of nine lamp posts from Belize Electricity Limited that would be used as foundation piles. “We just got the posts and we are already working on removing the buildings,” said the Mayor. At press time, the SPTC work crew, spearheaded by Deputy Mayor Gaby Nuñez, has been on the ground trying to start the relocation process. The Mayor also indicated that once the buildings have been installed, community assistance in painting and finishing the homes is more than welcome as well as donated interior furnishings and appliances.
SPBA’s Arceo stated that it is welcome news that the council is working in moving the buildings and indicated that if the council needs any help to complete the project, he would be more than happy to assist. Arceo told The San Pedro Sun that since the SPBA originally paid for the construction of the two buildings, and as an active member of the organization, all he wanted was for the buildings to be put to good use.
The San Pedro Sun will continue following the developments in the completion of the police barracks and the move of the two homes for our officers.