And while the National Garifuna Council is prepping for the November holiday, Dangriga Town is conducting repairs of important streets. Correspondent Harry Arzu spoke with Mayor Robert Mariano about what it will mean for motorists and pedestrians alike.
Robert Mariano, Mayor, Dangriga Town: “When we took over that piece of road was in very bad shape. This is one of the main arteries of Dangriga and I don’t think it is right for us to have the main street, one of the main streets in that condition. So what we are doing we break that part of the road and we are casting it over so we’re putting cement on it. We expect to finish either today or tomorrow and if you notice we are doing on the north side and the south side of the street because it was in real bad shape.”
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: So it was affecting motorists.
Robert Mariano, Mayor, Dangriga Town: “Exactly and a lot of people were complaining but it is my style to address things as quick as possible. As the mayor I don’t think that you’re supposed to wait for people to complain so like I said this is in this condition even before we took over office, it is there for at least a year, year and a half.”
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: And it’s in front of a school and of course some government offices ?
Robert Mariano, Mayor, Dangriga Town: “Yes. School, church and the government offices. You know if you look on the left we have all the government departments in that one building and so I think it just right for the council to rehabilitate that piece of the road.”
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: So any kind of assistance you’re getting to get this going from anywhere ?
Robert Mariano, Mayor, Dangriga Town: “Harry I don’t know why you put me on the spot. I don’t want you to put that on the how you call it either but the council is doing this.”
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: And you have been rehabilitating a number of streets here in Dangriga talk to us about that.
Robert Mariano, Mayor, Dangriga Town: “Yes on Saturday we’ll be actually tarring Cedar Street. Cedar Street is now in the condition to get paved. We have fixed the road already. We were to pave it last week but because of the inclement weather we weren’t able to pave it last week so if the weather remains like this we will be doing it this Saturday and Sunday. Because what we have done we went to Orange Walk and looked at how they do the manual paving and it is much cheaper to do the manual paving rather than to hire private contractors to do the road.”