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The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will be expending millions to undertake road repairs in the corporate area this year.
The work entails road patching, which will cost the Council $3.5 million on a fortnightly basis, while another $1.5 million will be spent on sidewalk repairs in 14 of the 40 divisions.
Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie made the announcement while addressing journalists at the Council’s monthly press briefing yesterday (Feb. 11) at the KSAC downtown Kingston.
He noted that the road patching effort was an extension of work already underway and “we have extended the amount of mix (for road patching) per division to 60 tonnes.”
In addition, he said that sidewalks in several sections of the corporate area had deteriorated and “we took a decision that we will be spending some money this year to repair sidewalks and to carry out the necessary reconstruction to those sidewalks that need to be reconstructed.”
He said that the road repair programme had already started and all 40 divisions would benefit from the effort.
The Mayor pointed out that the KSAC would be insisting that quality work be done. “We have taken a conscious decision that we must get value for the money that will be spent within these divisions and the City Engineer Department has been instructed that no payment should be recommended unless the work is done to the satisfaction of the technical officers, ” he stated.
Calling on residents of the communities to report shoddy labour, Councillor McKenzie said the KSAC was in the process of putting in place a toll free line for such reports and other complaints relating to stray animals and the availability of utilities such as light and water, or any illegal activities.Turning to building violations, the Mayor said that in the month of January, some 24 notices were served to persons who had constructed buildings without the requisite approval of the Council.
“We are doing everything in our power to make certain that buildings that are being erected across the corporate area have the requisite approval of the KSAC and we are asking the public that whenever they see any construction that is taking place that they can call us and advise us and we will send our officers out there to investigate and to see whether or not the construction is following the required approval,” he said.

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