Town Council Acquires Street Roller

Friday, October 26th, 2012

The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) announced that they have acquired a new street roller that will be used for the maintenance of streets in San Pedro Town. The council invited the media to the official commissioning of the machine for use on Ambergris Caye. The heavy machine was purchased through the general revenue collected from tax payers.

Speaking to The San Pedro Sun, Deputy Mayor Severo Guerrero Jr explained that the SPTC is happy for the acquisition of the new machine since in the past the council had to depend on machinery from the Ministry of Works. “The acquisition of this machine is very significant because this new piece of equipment will ensure that the roads in San Pedro are maintained. With this roller we will be able to fix the road with hardcore material and the roller will be used to compact it into the ground in order to prevent pot holes from forming on the street,” said Guerrero. According to the deputy Mayor, the heavy machinery that was brought to the island for the massive street rehabilitation a few months ago were not a part of the SPTC fleet, but the property of the Government of Belize. For that reason Guerrero said purchasing a smaller roller will help the council to be less dependent on the central government.

The roller was put to the test before the local press and the happy school children at New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School on October 25th. The new piece of equipment came at a cost of about $35,000 which Guerrero said was financed through the general funds of the council collected from taxes.

In other news from the council, the SPTC handed a new microscope, a volleyball and basketball to the students of Ambergris Caye Elementary School. According to Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the donation was a part of the council’s commitment to fulfill the schools “wish list” that had been given to them earlier. Mayor Guerrero said the microscope was donated through the help of an anonymous donor while the council purchased the balls.

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