September marks six months since the 2012 local government elections. Since those elections, do you know what your mayor/parish council has achieved?
Glendon Harris, St James Parish Council
1. Initiate the first response fire unit for Cambridge and Maroon Town.
2. Paintwork and grooming of specific areas of the town.
3. Relocate route taxis that terminated in the Sam Sharpe Square area to other less populated sections of the town, eliminating the slow traffic flow in that area.
4. The relocation of illegal vendors to the Charles Gordon Market.
5. The rehabilitation of the police post at the Charles Gordon Market.
6. Intersectoral meetings each quarter.
7. A successful Jamaica 50 celebration.
With the restrictions, I would grade myself four out of 10. There are so many things that need to be done in Montego Bay. The crime and violence situation must be addressed collectively, and we have not been able to get the garbage collection right yet, so we cannot get a better mark until we get those things right.
Garth Wilkinson, Trelawny Parish Council
1. The acquisition of facility to relocate street vendors.
2. The establishment of a temporary transportation centre.
3. The acquisition of five acres of land for parish council projects.
It is the roughest four months I have ever faced, but while I have not been able to achieve all that I set out to do, I have embarked on a number of things that if you ask the same question a few months from now ... the responses should be different, but I cannot mark myself. The last time that was done was when the previous administration tried to do so regarding the International Monetary Fund deal and they failed.
Shernett Haughton, Hanover Parish Council
1. Major cleaning-up of the Lucea cemetery.
2. Major drain cleaning in Lucea, Green Island.
3. Building and placing of garbage skips in several communities.
4. Beautification programme at Cave Valley All-Age School, painting and fencing.
5. Ongoing maintenance work at the Watson Taylor Park in Lucea.
6. Donate certificates to several schools in the parish.
I believe I have done quite well under the circumstances; we are under serious financial constraints, we are now looking at ways to generate income from the council. On a scale of one to 10, I would give myself no less than seven.
Levan Freeman, St Mary Parish Council
1. I've had meetings, somewhat of a dialogue with stakeholders in the parish, all agency and civil society in planning the way forward with the parish of St Mary.
2. In terms of infrastructure, Cox Street, which is the bypass to the town of Port Maria, I've recently done upgrading work on it, in terms of surface and drain cleaning, which makes it much more comfortable for persons not wanting to drive through the town of Port Maria.
3. In Wentworth, Galina citizens and farmers in that community were having terrible problems in getting out farm produce and community members, traversing the roadway, hence I built drainage and I've fixed the section of the roadway that was causing a problem to them.
4. I also have given grant allocation to other councillors to upgrade the roadways in the various communities, plus I've given them special grants for repair and to do drains to prevent flooding or the likes in terms of disaster.
5. During the past months, St Mary has not suffered any floods due to the heavy rains because I've allocated funds to clean the drains prior to the start of the hurricane season, and again in August with the thinking that September is when we normally experience much hurricane activities.
6. In Boscobel, we are doing a beautification programme out by the Ian Fleming International Airport.
7. In Port Maria, we have repaired walls along the roadway and the beach and we have beautified the town somewhat.
8. In Agualta Vale, that's at the roundabout going to Kingston, Port Maria, Portland and St Ann, we've embarked on a beautification project; we have installed poles painted in the Jamaican colours along the roadway.
I remain a servant of the people and I look forward to serving them in my tenure, and I know they will appreciate it. You will all see my accomplishment when St Mary is on the front burner of our island, Jamaica.