The West End road saga has many chapters, but the epic is slowly coming to a high point, or most people in West End seem to think so. There were studies and plans, funding proposals, but nothing came of it. While West End’s character as a sleepy, town by a sandy road has been one of the trademarks of the community for years, this is no longer true. It is a pothole ridden, traffic jammed, no parking, gravel and oily sand path.
“He came high, then he went low, then he sold it to us,” said Kevin Brown, a West End Patronato representative about Mayor Galindo’s strategy of selling the project to the West End community. Brown was estimated to pay around $150 a month for 10 years to cover the cost of four projects. He estimates that his payment with the two projects will we around $100, but is a complex calculation based on property size, and road frontage.
Mayor Galindo said that originally the proposal included 5,000 feet of concrete road paving estimated at around Lps. 17 million, and 9,000 feet of sever lines estimated to cost Lps. 34 million. “This will be the biggest project the Municipality has done so far,” said Mayor Galindo.
The West End community leaders requested that all the electric be placed under ground, but since the islands power company is in private hands, any such municipal investments is forbidden by law. Mayor Galindo said that while originally two projects for West End had become four and that it is not feasible for such a small community. “I always wanted a plane, and a Ferrari, but I realized I can’t afford it,” said Mayor Julio Galindo.
There are many opinions of how to handle the West End road debacle. Under a tree on March 8, town hall meeting took place about the several projects that the Roatan Municipality was planning in West End. Aaron Etches, a West End Patronato member, believes that the road will happen, but he hopes that the drainage would be placed first. “They will start at two ends and finish working in the middle,” said Brown, who believes that the work will be a major disruption to the West End businesses.
ACME sanitation has been awarded the contract to do the West End santiation plant, and as many as nine companies, including ACME, bid for construction of the septic collection system in the community. “We offered to manage the plant for a year and include that in the bid price,” said Dan Taylor, owner of ACME Environmental. Taylor expects to start the work on July 1, and finish in 150 days, right before the onset of the rainy season on the island. [/private]