LUCEA, Hanover — EMPLOYEES of the Hanover Parish Council are breathing a sigh of relief after the leaking shingled roofing at the municipal building in Lucea was repaired at a cost of $7 million — just in time for Christmas.
For more than five years the staff has had to contend with flooded offices — especially during heavy rains — due to the poor state of the roof of the two-storey building.
In some instances, employees have had to scramble to protect vital council equipment and documents whenever it rains.
Yesterday, Mayor of Lucea Shernet Haughton was ecstatic about the re-roofing of the historic municipal building.
"I am overjoyed to see the roof of the building that has been leaking for so long repaired," she told the Observer West.
"This will allow staff members to work in a comfortable environment and will protect our equipment and documents from the elements," she added.
Work on the building, which also included repairs to the fibre glass clock tower, began in October, and was completed last week.
Meanwhile, Haughton said that she is hopeful that the construction of a fish vending area at the Cleveland Stanhope Market in Lucea will be finished in time for Christmas.
"The market is about 98 per cent complete, and so we are hoping that by the end of the week we will have the fish vendors in it," she disclosed.
Work on the facility, which is being done at a cost of $600,000, began in May and on completion the facility will be able to accommodate 25 vendors.
The vending area will be fitted with cubicles, a scaling area and sinks, as well as ceiling fans.
— Anthony Lewis