The Westmoreland Parish Council is to receive a new Municipal building, to be constructed in Savanna-la-Mar at a cost of some $15 million.
Ground was broken for the new complex on November 11, by Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar and Chairman of the Westmoreland Parish Council, Councillor Bertel Moore and Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Local Government, Hon. Robert Montague.
The building will cover some 3,000 square feet, with the first phase being the completion of the ground floor to be occupied by the Finance Department, followed by the second phase, which should see the completion of the council’s conference room and offices.
In his address, Mr. Montague commended members of the Westmoreland Parish Council for the work they have been doing over the years, and encouraged them to continue the good service.
Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Local Government, Hon. Robert Montague (second right), examine a plan for the new Municipal building in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland with (from left), Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, Bertel Moore; Custos of Westmoreland, Hon. Owen Sinclair; and Member of Parliament for Central Westmoreland, Dr. Wykeham McNeill. Occasion was a ground-breaking ceremony for the new building on November 11.
“I believe in local governance. We serve as representatives of the people, and we serve the people for one reason and that is, in serving the people, we serve God and in serving God, we produce a better Jamaica,” the State Minister said.
Mayor Moore said he was grateful for the “tremendous assistance” that the council had received from State Minister Montague.
“On behalf of the Westmoreland Parish Council and the citizens of the parish, I want to express our sincere appreciation for his efforts, which have made this day possible. After much discussion the State Minister promised that he would stand by the council and help us in every way. He has not only helped us in lobbying, but he has already given us a portion of the funds for the establishment of the building,” the Mayor said.