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Western mayors outline Labour Day plans

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Adrian Frater, News Editor

Western Bureau:

Like the many thousands of Jamaicans who will be putting 'labour into Labour Day' today, all five mayors in the county of Cornwall will be out on the highways and byways getting their hands dirty as part of the quest to 'Step Forward … Make Jamaica Beautiful'.

Lucea Mayor Shernett Haughton, the only female mayor in the western quintet, has planned a full day of activities. She is scheduled to hit the road at 7 a.m. and has no intention of returning home before 6 p.m.

"I will be in the team with MP Ian Hayles (member of Parliament for West Hanover) and the parish council staff, who will be cleaning up the Lucea Cemetery, which is the parish project," said Haughton. "We will be cleaning, bushing, and painting. Additionally, we plan to put in a bypass road at the back of the cemetery."

Full day in MoBay

In St James, Montego Bay's mayor, Glendon Harris, also plans to have a full day, starting with the parish project in Sam Sharpe Square, moving on to the St James Parish Library, and ending in his own division in Maroon Town, cleaning up that community centre.

"We will be giving Sam Sharpe Square a complete facelift … . We will be washing the square, putting in top soil, and planting flowers," said Harris. "In addition, we will be cleaning up and painting up."

Falmouth Mayor Garth Wilkinson, who is on a campaign to clean up Trelawny, will be taking aim at the Clarke's Town community, which, he says, does not represent what he wants for the parish in terms of cleanliness.

"We will be taking the vendors off the street and giving the place a facelift as part of an overall plan to bring a culture of cleanliness to the parish," said Wilkinson. "Clarke's Town is the main thoroughfare connecting the north and the south of the parish, so this is an ideal place to target on Labour Day."

Early start in Black River

While Labour Day is today, Black River Mayor Everton Fisher started his project several days ago as part of his plan to have the project completed at the end of the day.

"Come 8:00 a.m., we will start out by cleaning up the town of Balaclava … . We will then move on to the parish project in Black River, where we will be planting flowers at the police station, the park, and the post office," said Fisher. "We will be painting a section of the parish council building (a project that started last week) as well as whitewashing the sea wall … . We have a full day of activities."

Savanna-la-Mar Mayor Bertel Moore, who has 41 registered projects in Westmoreland, will be at the Sheffield Primary School, which is located in his division, for the majority of the day.

"We will be putting up a much-needed bus shed near to the school, bushing the road leading to the school, and putting in a pedestrian crossing," said Moore. "We will also be doing some pedestrian crossings in Negril and Savanna-la-Mar … . It is going to be a full day for me."