August 30, 2012
The Central Abaco District Council voted to forward their favor of a boat storage facility to be located in the area of Snake Cay as they conducted business during their meeting on August 30.
Council members reviewed and discussed an application that is before the Foreign Investment Board (FIB) for Bahamas Boat Storage, a sailboat storage yard to be located at Snake Cay. The applicants said they had received approval of their plans by insurance companies as a hurricane safe design and would allow boats to remain in Abaco throughout the hurricane season.
The project, a joint venture between a foreign investor and a Bahamian, was agreed to by the council at a reduced scale with the possibility of expansion in the future. The Council felt confident that the boat yard would not interfere with locals’ enjoyment of the area.
Chief Councillor George Cornish said that the Council had to deal with extra expenses over the last month due to the process of relocating to the new Government Complex. He added that they will need to pay for restoration and cleaning of the premises they are vacating as well.
Mr. Cornish said he also investigated some issues at the Central Abaco Landfill after receiving a phone call from council member Yvonne Key. He spoke to the contractor concerning the issues and was told there were repairs need to be done to some equipment.
Mr. Cornish reminded the contractor that per contract the equipment is supposed to be on site at all times. When he returned the following week the machinery was in place and the landfill maintenance had resumed. The contract for the landfill was put out for bid in early September as the contract expires in October.
Council member Deshawn Simms informed the council that he purchased three lawnmowers for $307 each for the maintenance of the field in Murphy Town near Abaco Central High School. The fields were all mowed and ready for the opening of school the following week.
He also expressed concern about the bush between Central Abaco Primary School and the adjacent field behind it. He said it posed safety problems as there are holes and caves in the bush and it was discovered earlier this year that a Haitian was living in a cave in the bush. The council discussed clearing the area with a bulldozer and making it usable by the school.
Road conditions were discussed as recent rain activities have increased the pothole population. A council member said that the Ministry of Works reported that they had problems procuring patch and that after months of being out of it the received only two pallets from Nassau in July.
Ms. Key informed the council that the Marsh Harbour Town Committee had purchased $1700 worth of patch from Bahamas Hot Mix in July. Island Administrator Preston Cunningham said that he would speak to them and have it released to the Ministry of Works to patch the roads on Marsh Harbour.