Speaking to the media following a meeting on Thursday with heads of government agencies at the Lucea Town Hall, Mayor McIntosh pointed out that the first order of business was to clean the town of garbage as well as the debris that clog the drains and cause the town to flood whenever it rains.
He said beginning on Tuesday September 9, the Hanover Parish Council would embark on a drain cleaning programme as well as a general clean up of the town in conjunction with the National Solid Waste Management Authority - NSWMA.
At the meeting with the heads of agencies, the Mayor said he was given a number of assurances by the NSWMAand gave his undertaking that he would lobby the Ministry of Local Government to get additional garbage trucks to assist in cleaning the town. The Lucea Mayor pointed out that the Council would be embarking on an educational drive to enlist the support of the residents and business persons within Lucea to refrain fron throwing garbage in the drains and on the streets.
He said within the next three weeks, the Council would be anouncing a clean-up day for Lucea where he would be inviting residents and business places to clean up their environment.
Mayor McIntosh also revealed that he had received a commitment from the Jamaica Public Service Company to reduce the number of power outages that have affected Lucea and surrounding areas. He said the JPS Parish Manager explained that Lucea was fed by a 250 km single feeder line through the bushes that was suseptable to frequent outages.
The JPS pointed out that the frequent power cuts will be minimized when the feeder line is moved from the bushes and placed along the highway from Orange Bay to Lucea. He said the company was in the process of running this new line which would reduce the outages in the town.
The Lucea Mayor said the JPS Co would be constructing a new sub-station to serve the fifteen thousand residential and commercial customers in and around Lucea. He said the construction was expected to begin some time next year.
As part of the new mayor's thrust to have dialogue with the residents of the town, he will be meeting with a number of stakeholders. He is expected to meet members of the business sector before the end of the month, in an effort to solicit their support and to find out how the Council can better serve their interest and that of the town of Lucea and by extension, the parish of Hanover.
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