• JIS News

    As part of activities marking November as Local Government Month, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will be honouring 20 past and current councillors, and employees of the Council, at an awards dinner at Jamaica House on Saturday, November 27.
    Addressing the monthly meeting at the Council held recently at its Church Street offices, downtown Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, informed that the list of honourees comprise 12 employees, who have given outstanding service; and eight past and present councillors, who have served for three or more terms. Among those being honoured is late Councillor for the Norbrook Division, Robert Williams, who died tragically earlier this year.
    Guest speaker at the function will be Jamaican national, Barrington Russell, Sr., who is Mayor of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida.
    The month is being observed under the theme: ‘Local Government Reform: Developing Sustainable Communities for a Green Jamaica’, and the KSAC kicked off its slate of activities with a service at the New Life Assembly of God Church, Constant Spring Road, on November 7.
    Among the highlights of the month is the sitting of the Junior Council on November 22. Orientation sessions for students from secondary schools across the municipality, who will be participating, have already been held and they will select the various officers for their council meeting.
    Councillor McKenzie, who is also Kingston’s Mayor, told JIS News that the junior councillors have selected the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St. Andrew as their project for Local Government Month.
    He said the young councillors and their senior counterparts undertook the development of a fully equipped play area at the hospital, which he advised will be officially handed over to the institution’s management during a brief ceremony on November 27.
    The KSAC’s reception area will also be refurbished during the month, and according to the Mayor, the activity forms part of the Council’s “new look” approach to service delivery.
    He said that the aim is to “make a difference in terms of the appearance, so that the public.when they come, can have proper interaction with the front desk. I want to commend and thank the Councillors and the members of staff for that initiative.”