Suzette Brown returns as chairman for Montego Bay South
Karrie Williams, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:St James parish councillor Suzette Brown was on Sunday re-elected unopposed as chairman of the Montego Bay South Division, which falls within the Central St James constituency.
A team of officers were also voted into office at the elections, which were held at the International University of the Caribbean, Sir Howard Cooke campus in Montego Bay. They are Davion Reid, voted in as vice-chairman for organisation; and Otis Myrie, vice-chairman for election matters. Nadine Gibbs was returned unopposed as secretary and Denise Brown as treasurer.
Speaking with Western Focus following the elections, Brown said she was satisfied with her team of officers and went on to disclose plans for what she said was the continued development of her division ahead of next year's local government elections.
"The reality is that these communities are, for the most part, in a depressed state, with limited public infrastructure, high levels of unemployment, especially among the youths, high rates of crime and the resulting feeling of constant fear by some," Brown said.
Brown also stated that she intends to focus her attention on three key areas for development throughout the communities she represents, namely, road rehabilitation, proper garbage collection, and a special social-intervention programme targeting pre-teens.
"Railway Lane, Rose Path Road in Cornwall Gardens, Morningside Drive, and Albion Road are among those mostly in need of urgent repair and as such, will be the first ones targeted for rehabilitation," the councillor said.
She said that since the start of 2014, rehabilitation works had already been carried out on a number of other roads in the division, including Robert Reid Drive, off Salt Spring Road, Gravel Lane, and East Street.