By BBN Staff: Last week, BBN reported of a ‘water board’ situation at the village of San Antonio, Cayo.
The council is seeking the public’s assistance in the decision to install the new water board.
According to a statement issued by the village council, the current area representative, Rene Montero has submitted the names of the remaining 5 members of his choice without consultation of the villagers or village council.
Since the council was given 7 days to submit their feedback, they have scheduled a meeting with villagers for tonight at 7:15 p.m. at the community center.
“We believe that this issue is of great importance to all villagers. The area representative has submitted the names of the remaining 5 members of his choice without consulting the villagers and the village council. Let us come together to stop this blatant violation of the people’s decision,” a statement from the council expresses.
The Belize Village Council act notes that:
The Minister may appoint in each village or community established under Part II of this Act, a Village Water Board, consisting of the members specified in section 43B(2) of this Act, and having the powers, and performing the functions, set out in this Act. 43B–
(1) Each Village Water Board (hereinafter referred to as “the Board”) shall consist of seven persons.
(2) The members of the Board shall be,
(a) the Chairperson of the Village Council;
(b) a member of the Village Council nominated by the Village Council;
(c) five other members appointed by the Minister after consultation with,
(i) the Area Representative of the Electoral Division wherein the village is situated; and