Trelawny PC gets $29m for infrastructure work
The Trelawny Parish Council is to receive $29 million from the Equalisation Fund to undertake infrastructural work throughout the parish.
This was disclosed by Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie as he addressed a special meeting of the council in Falmouth on Thursday.
He said the funds would be provided to deal with submissions made by the council relating to beautification, road maintenance, drain cleaning, and garbage disposal. "This is about the needs of the parish council and service delivery to the people of Trelawny," McKenzie said.
The local government minister said that all parish councils would be equipped with public address systems. He said the aim is to ensure that the councils have a more effective means of communicating, especially during deliberations and special sittings.
rich in culture
"We will start right here in Trelawny with this commitment. I think it is important that the council operates in a manner that speaks of a parish that may be small in terms of its economic base, but is very important in terms of its economic value. This is a parish that is rich in culture and one that contributes much by way of its tourism offerings," he stated.
The minister also urged the Trelawny Parish Council to increase its efforts in collecting outstanding municipality fees.
"There is a lot of money going uncollected and which the parish council will have to do a better job of collecting. This is not an indictment on anybody. It's a matter of better enforcement, and we will also be assisting in this regard," McKenzie said.