Arima Mayor calls for development of Borough at Civic Awards
Mayor of Arima Lisa Morris-Julian said the council has invested $12 million dollars in recurrent expenditure including toward developmental projects to upgrade roads, drains and parks in the borough. She said, however, that more must be done to develop the community.
Mayor Morris-Julian made the statement in her first civic address as Mayor at Wednesday’s Civic Reception in Legacy Hall, Arima. She was speaking at the borough’s 129th anniversary as a Royal Charter.
In her address, Mayor Morris-Julian noted that population, employment and economic growth are on the rise in Arima. She said outside investors have taken interest in the borough because of its competitive advantages such as its strategic location, fairly large populace, willing labour force, robust infrastructure, prime real estate and a pro-business local government.
She said, however, that while the council encourages business and investment, there is a need for adequate transportation and infrastructure. She further noted that the borough still requires a new market, municipal police station, indoor sporting complex and lighting fixtures for the Arima Velodrome. These projects, she says, are in the council’s focus especially as the borough prepares to celebrate its 130th anniversary in 2018.
The Mayor had been among other notable speakers such as Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Kazim Hosein, Member of Parliament for Arima Anthony Garcia and Member of Parliament for D’Abadie/O’Meara Ancil Antoine.
Eighteen notable individuals were awarded tokens for their contributions in nine categories: Youth, Culture, Culture Group, Community Service, Public Service, Education, Business, Sport and Leadership. Among the recipients were the late Entertainer Devon Matthews for Culture, the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community for Culture Group, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force Batsman Jeremy Solozano for Youth, Senior Lecturer at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) Beulah Garcia for Public Service and Former Agriculture Minister Jarrett Narine for Leadership.