Blake wants ma­jor drain cleaned

Jamaica Gleaner - - ACROSS THE NATION - – Ruddy Mathi­son

COUN­CIL­LOR FOR the In­de­pen­dence City Divi­sion in Port­more Keith Blake is call­ing for a ma­jor drain-clean­ing ini­tia­tive to be cen­tred on clean­ing a ma­jor drain that stretches from Cay­manas to Pas­sage Fort, which serves sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Blake’s divi­sion.

Blake said if the rains had per­sisted when Hur­ri­cane Matthew had threat­ened Ja­maica, some 3,000 res­i­dents liv­ing in these ar­eas would have been se­verely af­fected. “This is not about pol­i­tics. I am ap­peal­ing to the min­is­ter of lo­cal gov­ern­ment to make the funds avail­able to clean this drain,” he stated.

“This drain is a ma­jor drain and right now it is caus­ing se­vere prob­lems for res­i­dents. I am aware of the fact that the min­is­ter had given the Port­more Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil $30 mil­lion for drain clean­ing, but, in my opin­ion, based on the es­ti­mates sent in by the coun­cil, this amount can­not suf­fice.”

Noted Blake: “The Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil had put in an es­ti­mate for $64 mil­lion to cover drain clean­ing in Port­more and only got 30 mil­lion.”

Blake also made an ap­peal to res­i­dents to re­frain from us­ing the drains as their mu­nic­i­pal dump as this only com­pounds the prob­lem.

JLP Coun­cil­lor for the In­de­pen­dence City Divi­sion Keith Blake and a res­i­dent ex­am­ine the drain on Port­more Drive, the cen­tral fo­cus of his ap­peal.

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