Chief Councillor George Cornish met with a full board of nine council members in the Government Administration Complex on March 27, 2014.
Two residents attended to clarify issues with the Coffy Cemetery by the Port in Marsh Harbour. This cemetery plot was donated to the community in April 1874. Concerns were raised last month on whether the cemetery is public or private. This governs who controls burials as a private cemetery can be restrictive whereas a public cemetery is open to all. A recent communique from Crown Lands stated that “it was not private” without further details.
Management of the cemetery is to continue with local management as before, pending further clarification.
Mr. Krezel, engineer for the Abaco Ministry of Works, spoke at length on the need for contractors to comply with plans and those submitting plans to comply with the Bahamas Building Code requirements. The legal requirement for engineers and other specialty professions to prepare, review and stamp some plans was also brought out.
Council members objected to his interference with plans approved locally as the Local Government Act specifically gives the authority of the Building Control Officer to the Chief Councillor. It was brought out that government often makes laws and regulations that work well in Nassau but are difficult to comply with in the Family Islands.
The Deputy Director of Works is expected to visit Abaco in the next few weeks and a meeting with council members will be arranged to sort out responsibilities.
A scholarship in the name of Mike Mlone, Abaco’s first local government Chief Councillor, is being formulated. It was too late to establish this award for this year’s applicants
Quotes are being reviewed for replacement signs at township entrances.
Repairs will be made to the Southside Dock which has been vandalized and is an important arrival and departure point for Moore’s Island persons and bonefish guides with their customers. Garbage clean-up will be undertaken at this site.