The Local Government District Council of Green Turtle Cay has been busy serving the community that elected them this past June. A budget cut has seriously affected the council’s ability to start and complete projects, but it has not stopped them from getting things done – even if it means rolling up their sleeves to assist with tasks like mowing or cleaning public places.
The council faced a challenge in late August when they learned that classrooms at Amy Roberts Primary would not be ready for the first day of school. Repairs and an electrical upgrade had been carried out over the summer break, but the teachers returned to work to find that the air conditioner in one building was not working, and as a result of the heat, the floor tile in a classroom was loose and buckling.
An inspection revealed that ceramic tile had been installed over the old vinyl tile and the adhesive had dried up, causing the tile to crack and buckle. It was not safe for the students and had to be repaired before students could occupy the classroom.
Local building contractor, Jason Bethel, along with Gavin Roberts and a group of young people volunteered to help council member Christopher Roberts and Chief Councilor Matthew Lowe remove the loose tile and prepare the surface for new tile.
The PTA was able to purchase tile for the room and the “crew” worked into the night laying the tile and coming back to grout the lines. Arrangements were also made for the school to borrow a few window a/c units for the classrooms until the air conditioner could be repaired.
On the first day of school the students were able to safely walk into their cool classrooms to begin the school year. The principal, teachers and students of Amy Roberts Primary are grateful to the members of the council and the volunteers for all their hard work.
Chief Councilor Matthew Lowe expressed his gratitude, “I am very thankful and proud of those who volunteered to get the job done. Once again members of the community of Green Turtle Cay came together to confront this issue and did so without causing any delays. This would not have been done without their help.”
The District Council will continue their work to improve the community and the island of Green Turtle Cay.