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ac­com­plish in short or­der.”

Har­ris con­tin­ued: “If you look at the Clock (on Bar­nett Street), we have up­graded the side­walk, put in the me­dian, and done some re­pairs to the clock tower; we signed the con­tract for the sup­ply of the clock last week, and it is pro­jected that it can be in­stalled in early Jan­uary 2017. Also, the stan­dard of our civic func­tions has taken a new di­men­sion, as they are well put to­gether, well ex­e­cuted and en­ter­tain­ing.”

How­ever, mi­nor­ity leader in the St James Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, the Ja­maica Labour Party’s Charles Sin­clair, said his side will claim the elec­tion, as the rul­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion has had is­sues with ac­count­abil­ity.

“In the past, when we had

con­trol of the coun­cil, we were trans­par­ent in re­spect to our deal­ings. In re­spect to ser­vice de­liv­ery to the peo­ple, based on the myr­i­ads of com­plaints and short­com­ings I have seen for my­self and those com­ing from many per­sons through­out many com­mu­ni­ties, we per­formed bet­ter than the present ad­min­is­tra­tion per­formed in the past four years, and we have the abil­ity, com­pe­tence and per­son­nel to do bet­ter ser­vice de­liv­ery than the present ad­min­is­tra­tion,” said Sin­clair.

Some spe­cific projects of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion were also cited by Sin­clair as hav­ing been part of his past ad­min­is­tra­tion’s plans from his time as mayor of Mon­tego Bay.

“The work done out at ‘Clock’ – it is some­thing that was on the table dur­ing my ad­min­is­tra­tion; in fact, what has been done out there is not what should prop­erly have been done,” said Sin­clair. “It has a

lot of short­com­ings be­cause they did not carry through the plan which ex­ists for the widen­ing of that par­tic­u­lar area, to ad­e­quately put the me­dian that has been placed there, so it has been done in a ‘hitched up’ way.”

Sin­clair con­tin­ued: “Roads have been a ma­jor pri­or­ity of my ad­min­is­tra­tion. In fact, I im­ple­mented a sys­tem whereby, in­stead of coun­cil­lors plac­ing money into any area that they would want to do, they had to put at least two-thirds of the sums which were al­lo­cated to their di­vi­sions to road works. For that rea­son, be­cause of the em­pha­sis that was placed on it, the roller that is presently be­ing used was pur­chased in my time, with a lot of crit­i­cisms from the other side and from other peo­ple; now it has proven it­self in that it works ef­fec­tively, and it is the same sys­tem they have car­ried through.”

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