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Councillors getting money for hurricane clean-up

Monday, October 29, 2012    

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MAYOR of Kingston Angela Brown Burke says the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation will be allocating money to its councillors to assist in cleaning up the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Brown Burke said the sum allocated will be dependent on the extent of work to be done, noting that rural divisions in St Andrew were the hardest hit.

The mayor said the National Solid Waste Management Authority was not able to do everything, and that the small sum should allow councillors to assist in a limited way in the clearing of trees, blocked roads and drains.

"We know it is not going to do everything, because we know funds are limited, but at least they are able to do that. We are doing the assessments to see how we prioritise and what we can do," the mayor said, but did not say how much would be allocated for the clean-up.

She also stated that, based on initial assessments, markets across the Corporate Area had limited damage. "What we would have been concerned about, would be the stalls, based on the wind, but we did not have that kind of damage," she said. The mayor said that she was waiting on a more comprehensive report from her technical team but, "so far, we have been spared".

She urged market vendors and other stakeholders to join in the clean-up effort, while commending the residents across the city who have been assisting with cleaning up without asking for money.

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