The Marsh Harbour and Spring City Town Committee held a town meeting at the Anglican Hall on June 18 to discuss matters and concerns with the public.
Town Committee Chairman, Roscoe Thompson III welcomed everyone and gave regrets over the late cancellation of the Shanty Town Task Force which was scheduled for the same evening.
Mr. Thompson noted the work of the Town Committee over the last year: The Committee is nearing completion of the Marsh Harbour Library, which they hope to open in October. The Spring City Library is progressing and is now closed in.
He said the Committee is looking to address the need for additional parking at the Crossing by adding additional parking spaces at the end of the current space.
The Committee is also looking to repair or redo over 850 feet of sidewalks through Marsh Harbour, as well as addressing and smoothing out the road next to the Road Traffic Department, called Poppy’s Way.
After the recent controversy on social media regarding an event that was held at BAIC Park, Mr. Thompson said he wanted to make it clear that the meeting was not called to address that, but was scheduled before hand as a regular public meeting.
Mr. Thompson and other Committee members expressed frustration that the committee had to spend from their limited budget to buy cold patch for regular road repairs which ought to be carried out by the local Department of Works.
It was noted that the current Marsh Harbour Spring City Town Committee budget is just over $300,000 per year much of which is spent on garbage collection and maintenance of road verges in the township.
Mr. Thompson, addressing persons who came for information regarding Shanty Towns, said that he promised to ensure that members of those communities would be informed of any meeting or events related to that as soon as he is aware of them.
Several questions were raised about road works, and the promise of a school bus for the Mudd and Pigeon Pea community which were noted to be better suited to ask of a Central Government representative.
It was noted that Central and South Abaco MP, James Albury was not present due to a trip on government business to Grand Cayman. It was also revealed that any question, comments or concerns could be directed to him through his constituency office next to Memorial Plaza.