$8.7 m allocated to St James Municipal Corporation for drain cleaning
The St James Municipal Corporation has been allocated some $8.7 million by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development to undertake a critical drain-cleaning programme across the parish’s 17 municipal divisions.
In making the disclosure, Montego Bay Mayor, Homer Davis, said the 17 councillors of the corporation will be allocated $500,000 each to undertake drain-cleaning activities in their respective divisions.
Mayor Davis said the funds, which represent 50 per cent of what was committed by the ministry in 2017 for a special drain-cleaning exercise this year, come at an opportune time to allow councillors to beef up their flood mitigation activities.
“The municipal corporation is very thankful to the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development for this allocation which comes at a time when flood mitigation works are in high gear. As a corporation, we have an ongoing drain-cleaning programme in place and I am sure the allocation to each councillor will go a far way,” said Davis.
He added that the corporation has learnt a lot from the flooding which took place in downtown Montego Bay and its environs last November, and has been strident in ensuring that even if it rains heavily again, that there is not a recurrence of that level of flooding.
“The lessons learnt from the flooding in Montego Bay last November are still fresh in our minds and that has forced us to ramp up our ongoing drain-cleaning activities. We certainly do not want to have another episode like that, as it threatened lives and certainly destroyed or damaged properties,” Davis outlined.
Meanwhile, he said he is seeking the co-operation of the citizens of St James to play their parts in the flood mitigation efforts.
“I am appealing to the citizens to play their parts in ensuring that domestic solid waste is disposed of in the proper way. We cannot afford for solid waste to end up in our drains and gullies. We therefore ask for the support of the public in working with the municipal corporation and the National Solid waste management Authority this effort,” Davies stated.