A council that will manage community-based projects in the Seventh Electoral District is being established.
He made the statement following a community meeting in East End on Saturday.
“The primary reason for this meeting was to speak about this district council. The reasons why you didn’t hear me give plans even though I campaigned on things is because I want the district council to be at the forefront for conceptualising and even executing plans,” Dr Wheatley said.
Volunteer to part of council
The district representative said membership on the council is strictly volunteer-based at this time.
“Right now we are looking for volunteers to participate based on the fact that this is our district and we want to see our district progress,” Dr Wheatkey said.
He added: “In the future, we can perhaps make an argument for the executive members to get a stipend. But right now we are asking persons to volunteer.”
Pay the people
The prospect of volunteering time and energy did not sit well with one male resident. The resident argued that persons should be paid for managing these community-based projects.
“The representative ain’t working for nothing. All of us who work for the government work for something to put in our pocket so we could move forward in life,” he said.
“All this ‘volunteer this and that’ [and] people ain’t got money, they ain’t got food to eat. Most of the things that happen through the village like cleanups, you can identify people to clean up these areas and give them something,” the resident added.
The proposed council work includes organising health fairs, clean-up campaigns, among other things.
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