Predicated upon complaint from the public especially residents of ELWA Junction Community and parts adjacent regarding the increasing criminal activities and traffic congestion that endangered the safety of pedestrians in the vicinity, the authorities of the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) have begun enforcing a mandate to remove petty traders, commercial vehicles, and tricycles and motorcycles parking around ELWA Junction.
The officers of Paynesville City Police were seen Tuesday morning clearing the streets.
Paynesville City Mayor Belcher-Taylor on a local radio station said that the move is in response to complaints from the public.
She said after taking office earlier this year, she has held a series of dialogues with the leadership of the different groups operating commercial activities, including community leaders and Montserrado County Electoral District sixth representative, Samuel Enders, to find a solution to the situation.
She said the engagements, however, did not yield any fruitful result as the junction remains congested.
According to the Mayor, the ongoing exercise, which began at the entrance of the city from Congo Town, is in line with the city’s ordinance.
“After many consultations with my staff, reading the ordinances for Paynesville, I felt that it was time to go ahead and start this exercise,” she said.
The Mayor disclosed that to sustain the exercise, she intends to run her office from the ELWA Junction for a period of 90-day before moving to the vicinity of the Liberia Broadcasting System to continue the exercise there.
Around the LBS Community, the Mayor disclosed that the school’s administrators of Isaac A. David have consistently complained that students were finding it difficult to grasp lessons because of the loud music being played by business individuals.
She said the administrators also complained of individuals hanging their merchandise on the fence of the school.
Earlier last week, street sellers at the ELWA Junction were seen protesting the city’s action, holding placards and chanting slogans that suggested that the Mayor’s action does not reflect the goal of the Pro-Poor Agenda, the development agenda of the government.
She encouraged the sellers to move into the market hall next to the Total Gas Station. She said parking lots for commercial vehicles, motorcycles, and tricycles have also been identified down toward the SKD Sports Complex.
Though she was not specific, she said there would be fines for individuals who violate the ordinances.