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New mayor has development on his mind

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2016 | 12:00 AM

About 250 persons, mainly Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters, packed into the Port Maria Civic Centre in St Mary on Thursday for the swearing-in ceremony for the winners of last month's local government elections.

During the ceremony, which included a thought-provoking address by Custos Errol Johnson, the councillor for the Richmond division, Richard Creary, was elected mayor, while Jason James of the Gayle division was elected to serve as deputy mayor.

Additionally, the parish's five new councillors: Misty Hudson (Hampstead), Jason Kidd (Oracabessa), Leroy Sewell (Boscobel), Krystal Lee (Prospect), Germaine Smiley (Port Maria) each took an oath affirming their commitment to serve St Mary.

Minister of National Security and Member of Parliament for Western St Mary Robert Montague noted tha the Oracabessa division now had a JLP councillor for the first time in 36 years. He praised the parish's serving People's National Party politicians, Lincoln Dixon, Leven Freeman, and Dr Winston Green, for breaking tradition by attending a swearing-in ceremony for the rival party.

Port Maria Market

Creary, who held the position of mayor previously and has been elected councillor for Richmond four times, noted that the most important project the municipal corporation (formerly the St Mary Parish Council) would be working on is the renovation of the Port Maria Market, which, he said, would be the first market of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean.

He told The Gleaner: "The major development we can look forward to is the Port Maria Market. We won't only be building a market, but a complex which includes a plaza on top of the market. And in the next financial year, Minister (Desmond) McKenzie has committed to building the fire station that Port Maria has longed for for some 20 years."