Santi launches Drainage Project for Buttonwood Bay Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00

Daniel Cano and Hon. Santiago Castillo inspect the progress of the projectWhen he was on the campaign trail to secure the United Democratic Party’s nomination for Caribbean Shores in late 2011, Santiago 'Santino' Castillo listened to residents about community based projects they would like to see accomplished. He said, “The two most common concerns are street infrastructure and drainage.” He pledged that on day one upon being elected Area Representative for the Caribbean Shores constituency he would lobby tirelessly to see that the infrastructure is improved. Mayor Darrell Bradley has been very instrumental in helping him to keep that promise with the City Council’s extensive street rehabilitation program and on Monday, April 22nd, Castillo launched a million dollar comprehensive drainage project for the Buttonwood Bay area.

A few residents joined their Area Representative for a brief ceremony inside the chapel of the Canaan Adventist High School on Monday evening. Castillo, who is the Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, is directly responsible for operations of the Social Investment Fund (SIF). He said that when he took office he saw that the drainage project was already on the list of projects to be executed by SIF. He gave credit to the previous Area Representative, Carlos Perdomo, for tabling the project. However, Castillo said, “I’ve learnt in my short time in office that things in government takes five times longer than it does in the private sector.” Therefore, he kept urging Daniel Cano, Executive Director of SIF, to move the project forward. As a result, the project is now officially on the way as the Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) is already working in the area.

The project will entail the construction of approximately 5,700 linear feet of Ferro-concrete lined drains with covers for sidewalks. It also includes the replacement of driveways and walkways and installation of new culverts and wing walls.  In addition, water mains and service entrances will be relocated and new service connections will be installed. It will focus on Park Avenue, Pike Crescent East and Pike Crescent West, E Street and Buttonwood Bay Boulevard. This project will directly address the infrastructural needs of over 600 residents in the Buttonwood Bay area and indirectly benefit Buttonwood Bay’s entire population of over 2,000 residents.

Buttonwood Bay has great demand for proper drainage since it is below sea level and is subject to flooding during the rainy season. The project is being financed by the Government of Belize through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The project is estimated to cost $941,316.00 and will be executed by Medina’s Construction.