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December 14, 2013
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$16m christmas clean-up for st catherine

Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

The St Catherine Parish Council is spending $16 million throughout its 31 divisions for Christmas work.

Chairman of the council and Mayor of Spanish Town, Councillor Norman Scott, said the money is being used to clean drains, paint, and give the communities a general facelift. Scott said the work has so far benefited more than 7,000 persons by way of employment.

The Star was informed that the nine Portmore divisions would not benefit from the $16 million possibly because Portmore had its own municipal council.

It was revealed that the money was part of $400 million announced by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for work islandwide.

With the Spanish Town Market costing the parish council hefty electricity bills, plans are afoot to remedy this situation.

"The council has to be paying $500,000 monthly for electricity. we have to retrofit the meat market area with its own meter," Scott revealed. He said that with butchers having many large refrigerators, which is consuming a great deal of energy, the situation must change. "We cannot continue to pay their bills, so the meter will show what they must pay," Scott added.

In addition to the retrofitting, there will be cameras installed at three markets and transportation centres for better accountability. When The Star visited the market, some vendors said that they welcomed the changes; others were reserved.

He said the council would be doing all it could to improve revenue collection.

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