Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, says the partnerships created during the last fiscal year, have been critical in improving the operations of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC).
“I am particularly pleased at the partnerships we are building, internally and externally,” she stated.
“This will ensure that the objectives of the Corporation are met, as well as improve the quality of life of those who live, work or raise families in Kingston and St. Andrew,” Mrs. Brown Burke added.
She was addressing a press conference at the KSAC’s downtown Kingston offices on Tuesday, April 16, to highlight the achievements of the past year.
The Mayor said the KSAC, in carrying out its work, is focussed on four main areas – citizens; community; council; and cash.
She noted that all policies and programmes must be citizen-centred and must include their participation and meaningful involvement.
As it relates to communities, she stated that the Council is committed to improving the standard of living through the provision of wholesome recreational facilities, sound community infrastructure and accessible opportunities for viable businesses.
She informed that committees have been established to ensure that these objectives are achieved. They include: Ethics Committee; Audit Committee; and Divisional Allocation Committee.
Turning to work of the Council, she said the body is committed to providing a professional service that respects residents while being receptive, responsive and accountable.
As it relates to cash, Mrs. Brown Burke said the Council will have to generate enough revenue to effectively carry out its responsibilities and provide the requisite services.
She noted that focus will be placed on public education campaigns “so that citizens are seized with the importance of paying local rates and how they are used and understand that we will be unable to provide an improved service if we cannot pay for it.”
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter