As we noted earlier, Mayor Bernard Wagner is hoping to be re-elected to the Belize City Council. He told our newsroom today that there are many plans that he has for the city. One of his plans is to replace the historic Swing Bridge.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “We want to enhance our streets, we want to enhance our drainage, drainage is a big issue here in the city. We want to continue our traffic light system you know that when we came in we were able to install three modern traffic lights. We want to continue with our modern bus service, electric buses we have that plan well under way where it will be a grant funding – four busses will be granted for the city that will serve our city residents during the hours of 5:30 right up until eleven at night. Clean air, lowering of Co2 in the air all electronic entirely nice system for the city. We want to continue to enhance our service deliver and so we are planning to move our traffic department from where it currently stands to the mile four area and then provide a one stop shop for all the renewal of license, the driver’s license, the vehicle inspection and also insurance at that one stop so we have some huge projects that we want to achieve. The Belize City Swing Bridge again is a project that we want to leave the city with a new bridge in that area so the next three years will be very important for the city and you will see some key development in the city.”
Reporter: In reference to the Swing Bridge wasn’t construction done on the bridge prior ?
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “It was done but it was essentially just to alleviate the years of neglect. At the end of the day that bridge requires a new bridge and that is our objective to ensure that we get a new bridge.”
According to Wagner the council under his administration has achieved many of its promises under their manifesto.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “We are well on our way to achieving most of our manifestos which our manifesto we have completed about 90% of it. The fact of the matter is that you cannot compare this current City Council that was in for two years/ three years with the previous council who was there for twelve years. And so success in terms of the residents some residents may define success by cement streets, by bloated contracts, no we define success by reaching out to the people. We have done tremendous work in impacting the lives of our residents in this city. Just this coming week I will be handing over another home to an elderly woman. It’s not our job to be – we are not mandated to fill that role but as a responsible City Council we did that to ensure that we took care of our elderly, our single parents, our youths, we have done tremendous programs.”