Town Councils Act

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Published: 2000

CAP. 87 TOWN COUNCILS ACT BELIZE

TOWN COUNCILS ACT

CHAPTER 87

REVISED EDITION 2000

SHOWING THE LAW AS AT 31ST DECEMBER, 2000

This is a revised edition of the law, prepared by the Law Revision Commissioner

under the authority of the Law Revision Act, Chapter 3 of the Laws of Belize,

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BELIZE

TOWN COUNCILS ACT

CHAPTER 87

REVISED EDITION 2000

SHOWING THE LAW AS AT 31ST DECEMBER, 2000

This is a revised edition of the law, prepared by the Law Revision Commissioner

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Revised Edition 1980-1990.

This edition contains a consolidation of the following laws- Page

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TOWN COUNCILS ACT 7 Amendments in force as at 31st December, 2000.

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PART I

Preliminary

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

PART II

Constitution, etc., of a Council

Term of Council, Members, their Qualifications, etc.

3. Constitution of a Council.

4. Term of office of a Council.

5. Date of general election.

6. Qualification of members.

7. Disqualification of certain persons from being members.

8. Penalty for person incapable of election, or of person whose seat has

become vacant, who sits and votes.

9. Vacation of seat.

10. Direct election of Mayor.

11. Leave of absence.

12. Power to fix allowances.

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PART III

Appointment of Officers and Employees

and Conditions of Service

13. Appointment of officers and employees of a Council and conditions

of service.

14. Penalty on officers for taking gratuity.

PART IV

Elections

15. Persons entitled to vote at elections to constitute a new Council.

16. Regulations relating to elections.

17. Regulations relating to election expenses.

18. Returning Officer and Election Clerks.

PART V

Council Meetings and Proceedings

19. A Council may make regulations to regulate meetings.

20. Vacancy not to invalidate meetings.

PART VI

The Town Fund

21. Establishment of a Town Fund for every town and monies constituting

the Fund.

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PART VII

Financial Provisions

22. Loans, when and how raised.

23. Submission of estimates of revenue and expenditure.

PART VIII

Duties and Powers of Every Council

Streets and Adjoining Lands

24. General powers as to streets, etc.

25. A Council’s power to coordinate activities of utility agencies.

26. Penalties for injuries to streets, etc.

27. Duty to fence or repair fences in certain cases.

28. A Council may require owner to erect fence.

General Powers and Duties

29. Duties of every Council.

30. Additional general duties of every Council.

PART IX

Pensions

Preliminary

31. Interpretation of words and phrases used in this Part.

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General Provisions Relating to Pensions

32. Pensions to be charges on revenues of a Council.

33. Pensions not of right.

34. Computation of service for pension.

35. Retirement at fifty-five.

36. Pensions not payable before fifty-five years except in certain cases.

37. Maximum pensions.

38. Pensions; to whom and at what rate to be granted.

39. Period of service qualifying for pension defined.

40. A Council may apply part of a person’s pension towards the mainte-

nance of his wife or children.

41. Pensions not to be assignable.

42. Lump sum gratuity with reduced pension.

43. Payment of pension/gratuity upon resignation.

44. Gratuity where service does not qualify for pension.

45. Gratuity for female officer.

Manner of Computing Pensions

46. Pensionable service.

47. Computation of pensions etc., on what emoluments to be based.

48. Pensions Regulations.

PART X

Legal and General

49. General powers of every Council to make by-laws.

50. By-laws prescribing fees.

51. Admissibility in evidence of documents signed by Mayor or Town

Administrator.

52. Prosecutions to be instituted by Mayor or Town Administrator.

53. Proof of legal proceedings.

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54. Land, how acquired.

55. A Council may cause work to be executed in case of default.

56. Members of a Council not liable personally.

57. Protection of Council officials.

58. Expenses of a Council, how met.

59. Additional powers and functions of a Council.

60. Recovery of penalties.

61. Regulations.

62. Commencement.

63. Repeals and savings.

SCHEDULE

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TOWN COUNCILS

[4th August, 1999]

PART I

Preliminary

1. This Act may be cited as the Town Councils Act, 1999.

2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:-

Short title

Interpretation

29 of 1999.

Commencement

[1. 12. 1999]

S.I.114 of 1999.

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“allowance” means money payable under this Act to a councillor during the

time he is a member of a Town Council;

“Council” means a Town Council constituted under this Act;

“general election” means an election held by reason of the expiration of the

term of office of a Council;

“member” means a member of a Council and includes the Mayor;

“Minister” means the Minister for the time being responsible for the subject of

Local Government unless otherwise specified;

“new Council” means a Council newly constituted after a general election;

“rules”, “regulations” or “by-laws” means any rules, regulations or by-laws

made under this Act;

“town” means a town mentioned and described in the Schedule to this Act or

added to the said Schedule hereafter by the Minister, the limits of which are as

defined by the Minister after consultation with the Council of that town by

Order (for the time being in force) published in the Gazette, which Order the

Minister is hereby empowered from time to time to make;

“Town Fund” means the fund established in respect of a town under section

21 of this Act;

“voter” means a person registered as a voter in accordance

with this Act.

Schedule.

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PART II

Constitution, etc., of the Council

Term of Council, Members, their Qualifications, etc.

3. (1) There shall be and is hereby constituted and established in every town

a Council to be known as “The Town Council” of the town in respect of which

it is constituted and appointed, and such Council shall be a body corporate with

perpetual succession and a common seal.

(2) The Council shall have capacity to acquire, hold and dispose of real and

personal property and to sue and be sued in all courts of law.

(3) The Council shall consist of a Mayor and six other members duly elected

in accordance with this Act and regulations made thereunder.

(4) The Council is lawfully constituted when the requisite number of mem-

bers has been elected.

(5) No temporary vacancy caused by death or otherwise shall affect the

validity of any proceedings of the Council.

4. (1) Every Council shall hold office until the last day of February next ensuing

after the day on which the Council has been two years in office:

Provided that the Council elected to office in the general election held in

the month of March, 2000, shall hold office until the last day of February,

2003.

(2) If during the term of office of the Council, a member’s seat becomes

vacant, the vacancy shall be filled by a by-election within ninety days:

Provided that a vacancy shall not be filled if it occurs within a period of

Constitution

of a Council.

Term of office of

a Council.

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one year before the time when the seat which is vacated would ordinarily have

been vacated.

5. An election of members of every Council shall be held on the first

Wednesday next ensuing after the day on which the term of office of the

Council expires.

6. No person shall be capable of being elected as a member of a

Council who is not a Belizean citizen and a registered voter of that town.

7. (1) No person shall be eligible for election as a member of a Council, or

having been elected, shall sit or vote on the Council, who:-

(a) holds an office of emolument or place of profit in the gift or

disposal of the Council; or

(b) has directly or indirectly by himself or his partner, any share or

interest in any contract with the Council; or

(c) is in the employment of the Council; or

(d) has, in Belize or any other Commonwealth country, been sen-

tenced to death or to imprisonment (by whatever name called)

for a term exceeding twelve months and has not either suffered

the punishment to which he was sentenced or such other pun-

ishment as may by competent authority have been substituted

therefor or received a free pardon; or

(e) is a person adjudged to be of unsound mind or detained as a

criminal lunatic under any law in force in Belize; or

(f) is a public officer, other than a teacher or an open vote worker;

or

Disqualification of

certain persons

from being

members.

Qualification of

members.

Date of general

election.

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(g) is a returning officer for an election of members of the Council;

or

(h) has not ordinarily resided in the town for which the Council is

being elected for at least one year immediately preceding the

date of the election, or is not domiciled in Belize or ordinarily

resident therein at the date of the election; or

(i) is or becomes a member of the National Assembly or of any

Commission established by or under the Belize Constitution.

(2) For the purposes of this section, a person shall not be disqualified from

being a member by reason of his being interested in -

(a) any contract in respect of which the Minister shall remove the

disqualification if he is of the opinion that such removal will be of

public benefit; or

(b) any newspaper in which any advertisement relating to the affairs

of the Council is inserted; or

(c) any contract with the Council as a shareholder in any joint stock

company, but he shall not vote at any meeting of the Council on

any question in which such company is interested.

(3) The office of Mayor of every Council and the office of a member are

declared not to be offices of emolument or places of profit in the gift or disposal

of the Council although remuneration may be paid to such Mayor and member

out of moneys provided by the Council.

(4) A person shall not be considered as holding an office of emolument or

place of profit in the gift or disposal of a Council or as being in the employment

of the Council or as holding a public office by reason only of the fact that he is

in receipt of a pension of other like allowance in respect of service under the

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Council or the Public Service, or that he holds a general retainer as solicitor of

the Council.

8. Any person who-

(a) having been returned as an elected member of a Council with-

out having been at the time of his election qualified to be an

elected member, or having since his election become disquali-

fied in pursuance of section 7 above from sitting and voting,

sits or votes on the Council; or

(b) sits or votes on a Council after his seat has become vacant

under section 9 below,

shall, for every day on which he sits or votes after his seat has become vacant,

be liable to a fine of one hundred dollars to be recovered by action in the

Supreme Court by any person who, with the written consent of the Attorney

General, sues for it.

9. If any elected member of a Council:-

(a) dies; or

(b) by writing under his hand addressed to the Mayor, or in the

case of the Mayor, to the Deputy Mayor, resigns his seat on

the Council; or

(c) makes any declaration or acknowledgment of allegiance to

any foreign state or power which does not recognize dual na-

tionality or is hostile to Belize; or

(d) becomes a citizen or subject of any foreign state or power,

which does not recognize dual nationality or is hostile to

Belize; or

Penalty for

person incapable

of election, or of

person whose

seat has

become vacant,

who sits or

votes.

Vacation of

seat.

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(e) is sentenced in Belize or any other Commonwealth country

to death, penal servitude or imprisonment for a term exceed-

ing twelve months; or

(f) accepts any office of emolument in the Public Service or

under another Town Council or a City Council in Belize; or

(g) becomes a member of the National Assembly or of any

Commission-established under the Belize Constitution; or

(h) subject to section 11 below, is absent without leave or other

reasonable cause from four consecutive meetings of the

Council; or

(i) becomes subject to any of the disqualifications specified in

sections 6 and 7 above,

his seat on the Council shall thereupon become vacant.

10. (1) The Mayor shall be directly elected by the electorate from among per-

sons who offer themselves as candidates for Mayor in a general election held to

elect a new Council.

(2) At the first meeting of the Council after every general election to consti-

tute a new Council, the members of the Council shall elect a Deputy Mayor

from among their number.

(3) Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of Mayor through death, res-

ignation or otherwise, the Deputy Mayor shall, subject to sections 6, 7 and 9

above, act as Mayor for the remainder of the term of office of the Council.

(4) During the illness or absence on leave of the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor

shall exercise and perform all powers and duties conferred upon the Mayor by

Direct election

of mayor

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this Act and regulations made thereunder.

(5) The Deputy Mayor may at any time during his term of office be re-

moved from office at a meeting of the Council by a majority resolution of the

members of the Council present and voting at that meeting, and a new Deputy

Mayor may be elected for the unexpired term of office of the Council by the

members of the Council from among their number.

(6) Notice of a resolution under subsection (5) above shall be given to all

the members of the Council not less than fourteen days before the meeting at

which the resolution is proposed.

(7) The Mayor shall, subject to the provisions of this Act and any Regu-

lations made thereunder, be the chief executive officer of the Council and shall

be responsible for providing effective leadership and direction for the Council,

and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, shall be responsible for:-

(a) developing sister-city or sister-town relations with other cities or

towns within and outside Belize;

(b) supervising the town administrator and ensuring that the town ad-

ministrator implements the decisions of the Council;

(c) subject to section 11 (1) below, granting leave of absence to mem-

bers of the Council;

(d) assigning members of the Council, subject to his direction and con-

trol, with specific areas of responsibility in the management of the

town’s affairs in such areas as environmental protection, revenue

collection, town zoning, planning and urban infrastructure, town

sanitation, public health and market management, tourist promo-

tion and development, coordination of public utilities, crime and

drug reduction and prevention, recreational planning and develop

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ment, development of sports and culture, traffic control and man-

agement, and coordination of relations and activities between the

town, the Government of Belize, non-governmental organisations

and civil society organisations;

(e) ensuring that Council meetings are open to the public, unless he

directs otherwise;

(f) submitting for the consideration of the residents of the town, through

notices in a newspaper in general circulation in the town, or through

publications on radio and on television and at meetings held pursu-

ant to paragraph (g) below, at least once every three months during

the term of office of the Council, sufficiently detailed reports show-

ing the developmental and other activities undertaken by the Coun-

cil for the benefit of the residents of the town;

(g) arranging, at least once every six months, during the term of office of

the Council, meetings where the residents of the town may meet the

members of the Council and may submit, orally or in writing, any

subjects or areas they feel should be addressed by the Council in

the administration and management of the town;

(h) ensuring that the Council discharges the duties imposed upon it by

or under this Act;

(i) such other areas in the administration and management of the town

as the Council may, by two-thirds majority resolution, decide to

confer on him.

11.(1) The Mayor may, with the concurrence of four other members, grant

leave of absence to any member for a period not exceeding six months.

(2) A Council may grant to the Mayor leave of absence not exceeding six

months.

Leave of absence.

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12.(1) Every Council may by resolution fix an allowance to be paid to mem-

bers from monies constituting the Town Fund of the town administered by

the Council.

PART III

Appointment of Officers and Employees

and Conditions of Service

13.(1) Every Council shall appoint a suitably qualified person as Town Ad-

ministrator who shall assist the Mayor in the day to day management of the

affairs of the Council and the town.

(2) The Council may appoint such other suitably qualified officers and

employees as it thinks necessary for the efficient administration of the affairs

of its town.

(3) The power to remove, promote, or take disciplinary action against

officers and employees of a Council, including the Town Administrator, shall

be and is hereby vested in the Council which appointed them.

(4) The Council may pay its officers and employees such salaries, allow-

ances, pensions, gratuities and other benefits out of the Town Fund for its

town as it considers necessary.

14. Every officer or employee employed for the purposes of this Act who

exacts or accepts on account of anything done relating to his duties any fee

or reward whatever other than the salary or allowance ordered or allowed

by the Council is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to

a fine of not less than two thousand dollars nor more than ten thousand

dollars or to imprisonment for a period of not less than one year nor more

than five years, or to both such fine and period of imprisonment.

Appointment of

officers and

employees of a

Council and

conditions of

service.

Penalty on

officers for

taking gratuity.

Power to fix

allowances.

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PART IV

Elections

15.(1) Every person who-

(a) is registered as an elector under the Representation of the

People Act; and

(b) subject to subsection (2) below, is in possession of an

identification card issued to him under that Act; and

(c) has continuously resided in the town for which the elections are

held for a period of at least three months,

shall be entitled to vote at the election of a member of the Council for the town

in which he resides and is registered.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) above, a person who has been regis-

tered under the Representation of the People Act, but who is unable to pro-

duce his identification card, shall be permitted to vote upon proving to the

satisfaction of the presiding officer that although he has been registered he has

not been issued with an identification card or that the identification card issued

to him has been lost or destroyed.

(3) Where a person is permitted to vote under subsection (2) above, the

presiding officer shall so state to the candidates or agents then present in the

polling station, and also make a record of his reasons for so doing and shall

maintain a list of the names and registration numbers of the electors voting

without producing their identification cards, showing the number of the ballot

paper issued to each of them.

Persons entitled

to vote at

elections to

constitute a

new Council. CAP. 9.

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16.(1) The Elections and Boundaries Commission may, after consultation with

representatives of civil society organisations and other interested bodies, make

regulations:-

(a) to provide for the registration of electors;

(b) to provide for the holding of elections and by-elections of mem-

bers of every Council;

(c) to provide for the conduct of elections of members of every

Council;

(d) to prohibit any act or matter which in its opinion is not conducive

to the maintenance of order on polling day;

(e) to declare any act committed in the course of any campaign for

election or at an election, an election offence;

(f) to declare the grounds upon which an election may be challenged

and the persons who may challenge an election;

(g) to declare the grounds upon which an election may be avoided

and the procedure for challenging an election;

(h) to provide for the trial of election petitions and matters connected

therewith including the deposit of security and the award of costs;

(i) to prescribe the form of the ballot papers and sample ballot papers;

(j) to provide for the custody and disposal of ballot papers;

(k) to prescribe the method of marking voters at elections;

(l) to provide for penalties for the breach of any regulation; and

Regulations

relating to elections.

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(m) to prescribe for all such other matters relating to elections

as may be necessary for the carrying out of the provisions of

this Act.

(2) Contraventions of any regulations made under subsection (1) above

may be declared by the Elections and Boundaries Commission to be illegal

practices, and provision may be made in the said regulations for the punishment

on summary conviction, of persons committing or aiding, abetting, inciting, tak-

ing part or attempting to take part in the commission of such illegal practices,

by:-

(a) a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars; and

(b) disqualification from voting at any election under this Act, the

Belize City Council Act, the Representation of the People

Act, the Village Councils Act, and from being elected or ap-

pointed, as the case may be, as a member of a City Council,

Town Council, Village Council or of the National Assembly

for a period of three years from the date of his conviction.

(3) Regulations made by the Election and Boundaries Commission under

this section shall be laid on the table of the House of Representatives by the

Minister as soon as may be after the making thereof and shall be subject to

negative resolution.

17.(1) The Minister may make regulations -

(a) with respect to the incurring of expense and the making of

payments by or on behalf of a candidate, whether before,

during or after an election, on account of or in respect of, the

conduct or management of such election;

CAP. 85.

CAP.9.

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Regulations

relating to election

expenses.

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(b) requiring the appointment of an election agent through or by

whom all expenses or payments as mentioned in paragraph

(a) above shall be incurred or made;

(c) fixing the maximum amount of expenses that may be incurred

or paid, whether before, during or after an election, on ac-

count, or in respect of the conduct or management of such

election;

(d) fixing the time within which all election expenses shall be

paid and barring all claims in respect thereof not made within

the prescribed time; and

(e) requiring a return of expenses and prescribing the form in

which the same shall be made and verified.

(2) Contraventions of regulations made under subsection (1) above may

be declared by the Minister to be illegal practices, and provision may be made

in the said regulations for the punishment on summary conviction, of persons

committing or aiding, abetting, inciting, attempting to take part or taking part in

the commission of such illegal practices, by:-

(a) a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars; and

(b) disqualification from voting at any election under this Act,

the Belize City Council Act, the Representation of the People

Act, the Village Councils Act, and from being elected or

appointed, as the case may be, as a member of a City Coun-

cil, Town Council, Village Council or of the National As-

sembly for a period of three years from the date of his con-

viction.

(3) Regulations made by the Minister pursuant to this section shall be sub-

ject to negative resolution by the House of Representatives.

CAP. 85.

CAP. 9.

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(4) An election petition may be presented in respect of any illegal

practice declared by such regulations to be the grounds for the presentation of

any such petition.

18.(1) For the purposes of holding an election, the Elections and Boundaries

Commission established under section 88 of the Belize Constitution shall, from

time to time and as occasion demands, appoint a person to be the Returning

Officer for the town in respect of which an election is held, and may appoint

one or more persons to assist the Returning Officer in the performance of his

duties. A person so appointed to assist the Returning Officer shall have all the

powers and may perform all the duties of the officer he is appointed to assist,

and any reference in this Act or regulations made thereunder to a Returning

Officer shall, unless the context otherwise requires, be deemed to include a

reference to every such person.

(2) The Chief Elections Officer shall, with the approval of the Commis-

sion, appoint an Election Clerk and one or more Assistant Clerks for each

town where an election is held. If at any time between the dissolution of a

Council and the declaration of the result of the election following thereon the

Returning Officer dies or becomes incapable of performing his duties as such,

the Election Clerk shall forthwith report that fact to the Chief Elections Officer

and shall discharge all the duties and exercise all the powers of the Returning

Officer until some other Returning Officer is appointed or the Returning Officer

ceases to be incapable of performing his duties, as the case may be.

(3) An appointment made under subsections (1) and (2) may be revoked at

any time.

PART V

Council Meetings and Proceedings

19.(1) Every Council may from time to time make regulations to regulate Council

Returning Officer

and Election

Clerks.

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A Council may

make regulations

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meetings and proceedings, and the meetings and proceedings of any Commit-

tees established by the Council.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) above, such regu-

lations may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:-

(a) the regulation of the proceedings of the Council and of Com-

mittees and the conduct of meetings thereof respectively;

(b) the regulation of the time and manner of holding annual and

other stated and also ordinary meetings of the Council and

regulating the business that may be transacted thereat respec-

tively;

(c) the provision of the custody of documents and regulation of

the custody, and use, and mode and form of attestation of the

common seal of the Council;

(d) the regulation of the duties of the Council’s officers and ser-

vants;

(e) the procedure to be followed at the election of

Deputy Mayor;

(f) the places at which ordinary and special meetings of the Council

may be held;

(g) the procedure for convening meetings of the Council;

(h) the period of notice to be given to members before a meeting

of the Council;

(i) the person who shall preside at meetings of the Council;

to regulate

meetings.

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(j) the quorum for meetings of the Council and the manner of

voting thereat;

(k) the prohibition of any member of the Council or of a Commit-

tee from taking part in any discussion or voting in respect of

any matter in which he is directly or indirectly interested;

(l) the maintenance of order at meetings of the Council;

(m) the rights of certain persons to attend meetings of the Council

and the powers and privileges of such persons while in

attendance; and

(n) anything incidental to or connected with the matters referred

to in this subsection.

(3) Regulations made by any Council under this section shall be subject

to negative resolution by the House of Representatives.

(4) Notwithstanding any other rule of law to the contrary, Council

meetings shall be open to the public unless otherwise directed by the Mayor.

20. The proceedings of every Council or of any Committee thereof shall

not be invalidated by any vacancy among its members, or the want of qualifica-

tion of a member.

PART VI

The Town Fund

21.(1) There shall be and is hereby established for the purposes of every Council

established and constituted under this Act, a fund to be known as “the Town

Fund” of the town for which the Council is responsible for administering, into

which shall be deposited or credited:-

Vacancy not to

invalidate

meetings.

Establishment

of Town Fund for

every town and

monies constitut-

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(a) all monies voted from time to time by the National Assembly for

the use by the Council in the administration of the town;

(b) all monies payable in any manner whatsoever to the Council whether

under or pursuant to this Act or regulations made thereunder or

otherwise;

(c) all fines and penalties recovered summarily on the information of

the Council or of any officer, servant or member thereof for non-

compliance with the provisions of this or any other Act or rules,

regulations and by-laws of the Council for the time being in force.

(2) The Town Fund of each Council shall be kept at such banks or

other financial institutions as each Council may from time to time determine.

PART VII

Financial Provisions

22.(1) Whenever the general interest and welfare or development of any town

will, in the opinion of two-thirds of the members of the Council, be advanced

by an expenditure greater than can be met out of the annual revenue of the

Town Fund, the Council of that town may, by resolution carried by its major-

ity, recommend to the Minister for the time being responsible for Finance, on

the guarantee of an annual allocation of such amount of the Town Fund as may

be equivalent to the annual interest and sinking fund necessary for its redemp-

tion, the raising of a loan, the proceeds of which shall be devoted to such

development.

(2) Upon such recommendation, the Minister for the time being respon-

sible for Finance may borrow such sum of money as may be authorised under

the Local Public Loans Act, and thereafter the sum necessary to meet the

Loans, when and

how raised.

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annual interest and sinking fund for the redemption of the loan shall be a first

charge upon all monies which may then or thereafter form part of the Town

Fund:

Provided that:-

(a) it shall be lawful for the Minister for the time being responsible

for Finance to advance from the public funds of Belize any sum

required by the Council for a short period when the said Min-

ister is satisfied that the Council will be able from its ordinary

revenue to repay the amount advanced within a period of six

months from the date of such advance;

(b) the Minister for the time being responsible for Finance may,

with the approval of the House of Representatives, at any time

make an advance to the Council from the public funds of Belize

on such conditions as he may think fit.

23.(1) Every Council shall, before the end of January in each year, submit to the

Minister for the time being responsible for Finance, through the Minister, an

estimate of revenue and expenditure for the period of one year commencing

from 1st April then next ensuing and the Minister for the time being responsible

for Finance may issue his warrant for the whole or such part of the lawful ex-

penditure as he may approve, subject to such conditions as to him may seem fit.

(2) The estimates submitted by a Council under subsection (1) above shall

as soon as possible after receipt thereof by the Minister for the time being

responsible for Finance be laid by him on the table of the National Assembly.

(3) The Minister for the time being responsible for Finance may, at any

time when a matter appears to him to be of sufficient urgency, permit a Council

to incur any lawful expenditure not provided in the approved estimates, and

shall as soon as possible thereafter inform the National Assembly that such

Submission of

estimates of

revenue and

expenditure.

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additional expenditure has been approved.

(4) In this section, “lawful expenditure” means expenditure incurred in the

exercise of any of the powers or performance of any of the duties conferred or

imposed on a Council by any existing or future legislation.

(5) A Council may from time to time make regulations prescribing the

manner in which the accounts of the Council are to be kept and disburse-

ments made, and for the audit of the accounts of the Council by auditors duly

approved by the Council.

PART VIII

Duties and Powers of Every Council

Streets and Adjoining Lands

24.(1) All streets, in which term is included public drains and bridges within

the boundaries of a town, shall be under the control, care and management of

the Council for that town.

(2) The Council is empowered in respect of any street to do any of the

following things:-

(a) to lay out, construct, repair, alter or widen all streets with

such material and in such manner as the Council thinks fit;

(b) to make surveys for the laying out of new streets;

(c) to determine what part of a street shall be a carriage-way

and what part a foot-way only;

(d) to alter the level of any street;

General powers as

to street, etc.

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(e) to stop temporarily the traffic on any street or part thereof

while such street is being constructed or repaired;

(f) to plant trees in any street in the town and erect tree guards

to protect the same;

(g) to provide for the naming, numbering and lighting of places

and streets; and

(h) to sell the surplus spoil of streets.

(3) The Council shall exercise the power to make any new street or di-

vert or widen or diminish the width or alter the level of any street only after

inserting a notice to that effect in the Gazette and on radio and television at

least four weeks previously to the date of the exercise of such power, inviting

the residents of its town to make representations in writing to the Council in

connection with the exercise of the power. The Council shall, before exercising

the power, genuinely consider and take into account the representations, if any,

made by the residents of its town, but shall not be obliged to follow them.

(4) Subject to subsection (6) below, the Council may by resolution de-

clare that any existing street shall be closed, diverted or turned, and that some

other shorter or more convenient course shall be substituted for any street so

closed, diverted or turned as the public advantage may require.

(5) Whenever it appears to the Council that having regard to the limited

use made of any street, the closing thereof without the provision of any other

course will not result in serious handicap, difficulty or inconvenience to the

public, the Council may, subject to subsection (6) below, by resolution declare

that the street be closed without ordering that any other street be

substituted therefor.

(6) Before proceeding to exercise the powers conferred upon it under

subsections (4) and (5) above, the Council shall insert a notice in the Gazette

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and on radio and television at least four weeks previously to the exercise of

the said powers, and shall in that notice invite the residents of its town to make

written representations to it in connection with the proposed exercise of such

powers. The Council shall,before exercising the powers, genuinely consider

and take into account the representations, if any, made by the residents of its

town, but shall not be obliged to follow them.

(7) The Council shall, in addition to the powers specified in this section,

enjoy such further additional powers in respect of public roads and streets

within its town as are conferred upon it by or under the Public Roads Act.

25. (1) Without prejudice to any other powers conferred on the Council by

this Act or any other law, the Council shall have the power and responsibility

of coordinating the activities and operations of all utility agencies and property

developers within its town with respect to the excavation and restoration of

streets, canals, creeks and other public rights of way, with the object of pre-

venting damage to the town infrastructure and minimizing the disruption of

utility services within the town.

(2) Where any damage or injury to the infrastructure of the town is caused

by a utility agency or the Council in the excavation and restoration of any

public road, street, canal, creek and other public right of way, the Council

shall be responsible, subject to subsection (3) below, to make good such

damage or injury and to restore the infrastructure to a good state of general

repair.

(3) Where the Council incurs extraordinary expenses in repairing the in-

frastructure by reason of the damage or injury to any street, road, canal, creek

and other right of public way caused under subsection (2) above or by exces-

sive weight passing along such street, road, canal, creek or other right of pub-

lic way or extraordinary traffic thereon, the Council may recover the expenses

from any person by whose order such damage or injury has been caused, as a

civil debt in any summary jurisdiction court.

CAP.232.

A Council’s

power to coordi-

nate activities of

utility agencies.

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(4) For the purpose of subsection (1) above, the Council may make by-

laws to control and regulate the activities and operations of utility agencies.

(5) There shall be established within every town’s administration a Utility

Coordination Unit with power to ensure effective coordination between all util-

ity agencies and to enforce by-laws made pursuant to subsection (4) above.

(6) In this section, the expression “utility agencies” means all corporations,

companies and entities which provide electricity, water and sewerage, tele-

phone, telefax, gas and other utility services.

(7) The provisions of this section shall have effect notwithstanding the

provisions of any other law to the contrary.

26.(1) Any person who, not being authorised by a Council or by any law:-

(a) encroaches on a street or other public right of way by making

or erecting any building, fence, ditch, or other obstacle or work

of any kind upon, over or under it or planting any tree or shrub

thereon;

(b) places or leaves on a street any timber, earth, stones or other

things;

(c) digs up, removes or alters in any way the soil or surface or

scrapings of a street or other public right of way;

(d) allows any water, tailings or sludge or any filthy or noisome

matter to flow from any building or land in his occupation on to

a street or other public right of way;

(e) causes or permits any timber or other heavy material not being

wholly raised above the ground on wheels to be dragged on a

street or other public right of way;

Penalties for

injuries to

streets, etc.

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(f) causes or negligently allows any retaining-wall, foundation-

wall or fence erected on any land or slope of earth or any

building, erection, material or thing to give way or fall so as to

injure or obstruct any street or other public right of way;

(g) does or causes or permits to be done any act whatever by

which any injury is done to any street or other public right of

way or any work or thing in, or under, it; or

(h) defaces, obliterates or removes any number, mark or name

painted or affixed on any lot, house, building, street or square,

is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceed-

ing five hundred dollars and to a further sum equal to the costs incurred by the

Council of the town where the offence occurs in removing the encroachment,

obstruction or matter, or in repairing any injury done as specified in para-

graphs (a) to (h) above.

(2) No penalty shall be imposed under this section unless the information

or complaint is laid by the authority of the Council of the town where the

offence occurs or some officer thereof.

27. If any land adjoining any street within the boundaries of a town is

allowed to remain unfenced or if the fences of such land are allowed to be or

remain out of repair and the land is, owing to the absence or inadequate repair

of any such fence, a source of danger to passengers, cyclists or pedestrians,

or is used for any immoral or indecent purpose, or for any purpose causing

inconvenience or annoyance to the public, the Council responsible for admin-

istering the town may, at any time after the expiration of fourteen days from the

service upon the owner or occupier of such land of a notice in writing by the

Council requiring the land to be fenced or any fence on the land to be re-

paired, cause the land to be fenced or the fences thereto to be repaired in a

manner it thinks fit, and the reasonable expenses thereby incurred shall be

Duty to fence or

repair fences in

certain cases.

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recoverable from the owner or occupier summarily as a civil debt.

28.(1) Every Council may, by notice in writing to the owner of any land situate

in its town, require such owner, within a reasonable time specified in such no-

tice, to cause a sufficient fence to be erected in the public interest dividing the

land from any adjoining street or to cause any fence dividing the land from any

adjoining street to be restored, repaired or otherwise put in a proper state of

repair.

(2) An owner who makes default in complying with the requirements of

any notice served upon him under this section is liable to a fine of fifty dollars for

every day that the default continues after written notice thereof from the Coun-

cil.

General Powers and Duties

29. Every Council is entrusted with the general rule and good government

of its town and has power, subject to the provisions of this Part, to do all things

necessary to carry out such trust and in particular has power and authority to

do or cause to be done all or any of the matters following -

(a) to establish, regulate, control, maintain and manage markets,

slaughter-houses, bath-houses and wash-houses;

(b) to impose rents and fees upon persons using or benefitted by

such markets, slaughter-houses and wash-houses;

(c) to impose such restrictions upon owners of land as may be

necessary to prevent any building upon such land from being

or becoming a source of danger to surrounding property

whether from fire or from its insecure construction or dilapi

dated condition;

Duties of every

Council.

A Council may

require owner to

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(d) to undertake the marking and numbering of lots, houses, buildings

and yards for the purpose of distinguishing the same;

(e) to establish, maintain and control parks, gardens, squares and open

places within the town;

(f) to erect and maintain any townhall or other building required for

public purposes;

(g) to establish, maintain and control a public library;

(h) to manage and dispose of any lands, buildings or other property

acquired or owned by the Council for public purposes;

(i) to do all such other things or matters for the purpose of increasing

the convenience and amenity of the town.

30. Without prejudice to any powers conferred upon, or duties imposed

on, any Council by this or any other Act or regulations made thereunder,

every Council shall have the obligation to perform the following duties in its

town in an efficient and timely manner:-

(a) to maintain all public cemeteries in its town in a sanitary manner

and to keep such cemeteries in a general state of good repair;

(b) to coordinate, control, manage or regulate the timely and efficient

collection and removal of all garbage material from all residential

or commercial areas in its town;

(c) to construct, repair, alter, widen, lay out and make surveys for

streets in its town, especially in new residential or commercial ar-

eas;

(d) to repair, cleanse and keep clean and in good repair, all or any part

Additional

general duties of

every Council.

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of the walls of any public drain, canal or creek in its town, but this

duty shall not be construed as compelling the Council to cleanse any

public drain, canal or creek at times when the public health would in

the opinion of the Council be endangered by the operation.

PART IX

Pensions

Preliminary

31. In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires:-

“officer” means a person who is on the permanent established staff of a Coun-

cil;

“pensionable emoluments” includes salary and personal allowance;

“personal allowance” means a special addition to salary granted personally to

the holder for the time being of the office;

“salary” means the actual salary attached to an office.

General Provisions Relating to Pensions

32. There shall be charged on and paid out of the revenues of every Coun-

cil all sums of money as may be granted by way of pension to an officer in

accordance with this Part and regulations made thereunder.

33. (1) No officer shall have an absolute right to a pension under this Act nor

shall anything contained in this Act limit the right of a Council to dismiss an

officer in its service without a pension or to operate without a pension scheme.

(2) Where it is established to the satisfaction of a Council that an officer in

Interpretation

of words and

phrases used in

this Part.

Pensions to be

charges on

revenues of a

Council.

Pensions not of

right.

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its service has been guilty of negligence, irregularity or misconduct, the officer’s

pension may be reduced or altogether withheld.

34. Subject to section 44, all the service of an officer, including service on

probation or agreement if there has been no breach between such service and

the confirmation of the officer in his appointment but not including service

while under the age of twenty years, shall be taken into account in computing

his pension.

35. A Council may require an officer to retire from its service at any time

after he attains the age of fifty-five years.

36. No pension shall be granted to an officer who has not attained the age

of fifty-five years, unless on medical evidence to the satisfaction of the Council

that he is incapable, by reason of some infirmity of mind or body, of discharg-

ing the duties of his office, and that such infirmity is likely to be permanent and

is not attributable to his own misconduct or gross negligence.

37. No pension granted to an officer under this Act shall exceed two thirds

of the highest pensionable emoluments drawn by the officer at any time in the

course of his service.

38. Subject to this Part, an officer may be granted on his retirement a

pension at three-fourths of the rate for which provision is made in the Pensions

Regulations made under the Pensions Act.

39.(1) Subject to this Part, service qualifying for pension shall be the inclusive

period between the date on which an officer began to draw salary from the

funds of the Council and the date of his leaving the service of the Council.

(2) Service qualifying for pension shall be unbroken service, except in

cases where it has been interrupted by abolition of office or other temporary

suspension of employment not arising from misconduct, gross negligence or

voluntary resignation.

Computation of

service for

pension.

Retirement at

fifty-five.

Pensions not

payable before

fifty-five years

except in certain

cases.

Maximum

pensions.

Pensions; to

whom and at

what rate to be

granted.

CAP. 30.

Period of service

qualifying for

pension defined.

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40.(1) Where an order of maintenance has been made by a court of competent

jurisdiction against an officer to whom a pension has been granted, the Council

in whose service the officer was appointed may, on its being proved to it that

there is no reasonable probability of the order being satisfied, from time to time

deduct from the monies payable to the officer by way of pension such sum or

sums as the Council may think expedient, and apply the same to satisfy wholly

or in part the maintenance order.

(2) Where an officer to whom a pension has been granted has left Belize

and deserted and left his wife or child within Belize without sufficient means of

support, the Council in whose service the officer was appointed, on being sat-

isfied that the wife or child is by reason of the officer’s absence from Belize

unable, and would but for the absence be able, to obtain an order of mainte-

nance, may from time to time deduct from the monies payable to such officer by

way of pension such sum or sums as the Council may think expedient, and may

apply it for the maintenance and support of the wife or child.

(3) Where an officer to whom a pension has been granted has been adju-

dicated a person of unsound mind and has a wife or a child or children living,

the Council in whose service the officer was appointed may deduct from the

monies payable to such officer by way of pension such sum or sums as it may

think expedient and apply it for the maintenance and support of the wife or any

child or children of the officer.

41. Subject to section 40 above, no pension granted under this Act shall be

assignable or transferable, or liable to be attached, sequestered, or levied upon,

for or in respect of any debt or claim whatever.

42. Any officer to whom a pension is granted under this Act may, at his

option, be paid in lieu of such pension, a pension at the rate of three-fourths of

such pension together with a gratuity equal to twelve and one-half times the

amount of the reduction so made in the pension.

A Council may

apply part of a

person’s

pension towards

the maintenance

of his wife or

children.

Pensions not to

be assignable.

Lump sum gratuity

with reduced

pension.

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43.(1) A person who resigns from the service of a council after completing not

less than ten years of continuous service may be granted a gratuity.

(2) An officer who resigns from the service of a Council after completing

not less than fifteen years of pensionable service may be granted in accor-

dance with regulations made under this Act:-

(a) a gratuity, if he resigns after completing not less than ten years

of continuous service; or

(b) a pension and gratuity, if he resigns after completing not less

than fifteen years of continuous service.

(3) In the case of subsection (2) above, the pension (but not gratuity) shall

be deferred until the officer reaches the normal retirement age, or in special

cases with the approval of the Council in whose service the officer was ap-

pointed, any lower age not being less than fifty years.

44. Subject to the provisions of this Part, where a person retires from the

service of a Council before completing ten years of continuous service, he

may be granted in respect of such service, a gratuity not exceeding five times

the annual amount of the pension which might have been granted had there

been no qualifying period.

45.(1) Where a female officer retires or is required to retire for the reason that

she is about to marry or has married, and she is not eligible for the grant of any

pension or otherwise eligible for gratuity under this Part, she may be granted in

respect of her service under a Council, a gratuity of an amount not exceeding

five times the annual amount of the pension for which she would have been

eligible had there been no qualifying period.

(2) For the purpose of computing the amount of gratuity under subsection

(1) above:

Payment of

pension/gratuity

upon resignation.

Gratuity where

service does not

qualify for

pension.

Gratuity for

female officer.

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(a) the reference to two-thirds of her highest pensionable emolu-

ments shall have effect as if the reference were a reference to

one-fifth of her annual pensionable emoluments;

(b) the annual amount of that pension shall not exceed one-fifth

of her annual pensionable emoluments.

Manner of Computing Pensions

46.(1) For the purpose of computing the amount of an officer’s pension the

following periods shall be taken into account as pensionable service:-

(a) any periods during which he has been on duty;

(b) any periods during which an officer has been absent from

duty on leave with full pay.

(2) The periods during which an officer has been absent on leave on half-

pay shall, for the purposes of this Part, be counted at the rate of one day for

every two days of such period.

(3) Any period during which he has been absent on leave, other than those

specified above, shall be deducted from the officer’s total service in order to

arrive at his period of pensionable service.

47. For the purpose of computing the amount of an officer’s pension:-

(a) in the case of an officer who has held one office for a period

of three years immediately preceding the date of his retire-

ment, the full pensionable emoluments payable to him at that

date in respect of that office shall be taken;

Pensionable

service

Computation of

pensions, etc., on

what emoluments

to be based.

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(b) in the case of an officer who at any time during such period

of three years has been transferred from one office to

another, but whose pensionable emoluments have not been

changed by reason of such transfer or transfers, the full

pensionable emoluments payable to him at the date of his

retirement in respect of the office held by him shall be taken;

(c) in other cases, the average of the full pensionable emolu-

ments payable in respect of each of the offices substantively

held by the officer during his tenure thereof within such

period of three years shall be taken:

Provided that if such average is less than the full pensionable emolu-

ments which were payable to him at the date of the first transfer within such

period of three years, the Council in whose service the officer was appointed

may grant him a pension calculated upon the full pensionable emoluments

payable to him at that date.

48. (1) Every Council may make regulations to govern the administration of

pensions and gratuities payable to its officers and servants under this Part.

(2) Regulations made by a Council under subsection (1) above shall

be subject to negative resolution.

PART X

Legal and General

49. (1) Every Council may from time to time make by- laws on all matters

connected with the rule and good order of its town and for the proper carrying

out of the objects and purposes of this Act.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) above, such by-

laws may provide for all or any of the following, namely:-

Pensions

Regulations.

General powers of

every Council to

make by-laws.

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(a) for the establishment, control and use of public lavatories and

latrines;

(b) for the licensing of horses, mules, carts, drays and handcarts

kept or used in its town and the imposition of fees in respect

thereof;

(c) for the establishment, regulation, control, maintenance, and

management of markets, slaughter-houses, bath-houses, and

wash-houses and the imposition of rents and fees payable by

persons using or benefited by such markets, slaughter-

houses, bath-houses, wash-houses, meat or other stalls;

(d) for regulating the lighting of places, streets, markets and other

buildings under the control of the Council and the naming and

numbering of any houses, lots, places and streets in the town;

(e) for prohibiting, except in the case of wild animals which may

be shot in the bush, the killing or slaughtering of any animal

the flesh of which is intended for human food in any place

within, or within one mile beyond the limits of, its town, other

than in the slaughterhouse;

(f) for prohibiting the exposing or exhibition for sale of the flesh

of any animal, other than a wild animal shot in the bush, in

any place within, or within one mile beyond the limits of, its

town, other than in the market or such other place or places

as the Council may appoint;

(g) for the regulation of parks, piers, street vendors, gardens,

public recreation grounds, bridges, streets, canals and public

drains, including the imposition of fees for the use thereof;

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(h) for the service of notices, orders and other documents

required or authorised to be served by or on the Council

under this Act or any regulations made thereunder;

(i) for regulating the passing of any livestock or other animals

through the streets of such town and specifying the streets

through which such livestock or animals may be allowed to

pass, the time of such passing and the manner and method

of leading or driving them;

(j) generally for all matters connected with the rule and good

government of its town and the proper carrying out of the

objects and purposes of this Act.

(3) All by-laws made by a Council under this section shall be laid before

the House of Representatives through the Minister after the making thereof

and shall be subject to negative resolution by that House.

50. (1) Where any by-laws made by a Council under this Act prescribe any

fees, fines, penalties and forfeitures, such by-laws shall be subject to affirma

tive resolution by the House of Representatives.

(2) All licences, fees, fines, penalties and forfeitures imposed by this Act

or any by-laws made hereunder shall be recoverable under the Summary

Jurisdiction Acts.

51. All documents and notices whatever purporting to be issued or written

by or under the direction of a Council and purporting to be signed by the

Mayor or Town Administrator, shall be received as evidence in all courts of

law, and shall be deemed to be issued or written by or under the direction of

the Council, without proof unless the contrary be shown.

52. Unless otherwise provided in any other Part of this Act, all offences

against this Act or any by-laws made thereunder shall be tried summarily, and

Admissibility in

evidence of

documents

signed by

CAP. 98.

CAP. 99.

By-laws

prescribing fees.

Mayor or Town

Administrator.

Prosecutions to be

instituted by

Mayor or Town

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may be prosecuted on the complaint or information of the Mayor or Town

Administrator or of any officer of the Council in whose town such offences

were allegedly committed authorised in that behalf, or of any member of the

Belize Police Department.

53. In any prosecution or other legal proceeding under this Act or any by-

laws made thereunder instituted by, against or under the direction of a Council,

no proof shall be required-

(a) of the persons constituting the Council, or the extent of the town

for which the Council is responsible for administering; or

(b) of any order to prosecute or of the particular or general ap-

pointment of any officer of the Council; or

(c) of the authority of the Mayor, Town Administrator or other

officer of the Council to prosecute; or

(d) of the election of the Mayor of the Council; or

(e) of the presence of a quorum of the Council at the making of any

order or the doing of any act,

until evidence is given to the contrary.

54. Where any land is required for public purposes by a Council such land

shall for all purposes be taken to be land required by the Minister for public

purposes, and may be acquired in the manner prescribed by the Land Acquisi-

tion (Public Purposes) Act.

55. (1) Whenever under this Act any works of any kind are required to be

executed or carried out by the owner of any premises in a town and default is

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Land, how

acquired.

CAP. 184.

Administrator.

A Council may

cause work to be

executed in case

Proof of legal

proceedings.

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made in the execution of the works within the time prescribed, the Council of

that town may, if it thinks fit, cause the works to be executed or carried out,

and the expenses incurred by the Council in respect thereof shall be a debt

due to the Council by the owner for the time being of the premises.

(2) The amount of the expenses so incurred by the Council shall bear

interest at the rate of seven per centum per annum from the date of comple-

tion of the work executed or carried out by the Council until payment in full be

made to the Council.

(3) Subject to this Act, the amount of the expenses so incurred with the

interest thereon and mortgagees’ costs shall be a first charge on the property

in respect of which the work was executed or carried out by the Council and

shall be prior and preferential to all existing or future charges or encumbrances

except those in favour of Her Majesty or the Government and the Council

shall have the like rights and remedies as if the payment of such expenses,

interest and costs had been secured by a legal mortgage of a fee simple in

favour of the Council.

(4) The Council shall not obtain any charge under this section unless a

memorandum giving particulars of the charge is executed by the Council and

recorded at the General Registry within two months from completion of the

work executed or carried out by the Council or within such further time as the

Chief Justice may allow under the General Registry Act.

(5) The Chief Justice may make rules prescribing the form of the memo-

randum referred to in subsection (4) above.

(6) A memorandum required by this section shall be recorded without the

payment of any recording fee and shall be exempt from stamp duty.

56. (1) No matter or thing done and no contract entered into by a Council and

no matter or thing done by any member, officer or servant of the Council shall,

if the matter or thing were done or the contract were entered into bona fide

CAP. 327.

of default.

Members of a

Council not liable

personally.

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for the purpose of executing this Act, subject them or any of them personally to

any action, liability, claim, or demand, whatsoever.

(2) Any expense incurred by the Council, or by any such member, officer

or servant shall be borne and repaid out of the Town Fund administered by the

Council under this Act.

57. Every person who obstructs or impedes or insults or molests or at-

tempts to obstruct or impede or insult or molest any member of a Council,

or the Town Administrator or other officer or employee of any Council law-

fully authorised as such by this Act in the discharge of his duties or in his offic-

ial capacity or in the exercise of his powers either under this or any other Act

or any regulations or by-laws is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary

conviction to a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars.

58. All expenses incurred or payable by a Council pursuant to this Act or

any regulations made thereunder shall be paid out of the Town Fund and all

disbursements therefrom shall be in accordance with accounting regulations

which may be made by the Council from time to time.

59. Without prejudice to any other law which vests any powers in a Coun-

cil, every Council shall have and enjoy such additional powers and functions as

are specified in the following Acts:-

(a) Public Roads Act;

(b) Trade Licensing Act;

(c) Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Act;

(d) Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act; and

(e) Towns Property Tax Act.

Protection of

Council officials

Expenses of a

Council, how

met.

Additional

powers and

functions of

every Council.

CAP. 232.

CAP. 66.

CAP. 150.

CAP.230.

CAP. 65.

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60. An offence under this Act or any regulations made thereunder may be

commenced within one year after the commission of the offence, or within one

year after the Council concerned or affected by such offence becomes aware

of the offence, whichever is the later.

61.(1) Every Council may make regulations for the better carrying out of the

objects and purposes of this Act, and without prejudice to the generality of the

foregoing, such regulations may provide for:-

(a) the power of the Council to direct, through a notice published

in the Gazette, that any lots or land within the town other than

National Land be filled up by the owner or occupier thereof

to the prescribed level, and the procedure to followed during

the filling up of the land;

(b) the power of the Council to recover costs, and the manner

and method of the recovery of such costs (including the sale

of land and buildings) incurred by the Council under this Act

through doing or causing any work to be done on the prop-

erty of any person in the town where such person has refused,

neglected or defaulted or failed to execute such work himself

after due and reasonable notice has been served on him by

the Council;

(c) the authority of the Council to enter upon any land in the town

at all reasonable hours for the purpose of carrying out powers

and duties conferred or imposed upon it by this Act;

(d) the discretionary powers of the Council in dealing with indi-

gent or poor property owners in the town;

(e) foreshore improvement and any matters related thereto (where

the limits of the town are adjacent to a sea);

Recovery of

penalties.

Regulations.

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(f) the erection of fences between adjacent lots and messuages;

(g) the prohibition of unauthorized encroachments on the seashore,

river banks, and the banks of drains, canals, and creeks in the

town;

(h) the regulation of any bridges in the town, including the imposi-

tion of fees, fines and penalties in respect of the use of same;

(i) the landing, storage and removal of inflammable liquids in the

own; and

(j) any other matter not specifically included in the paragraphs

above which may properly be dealt with by way of regulations.

(2) Regulations made by the Council under this section shall be subject to

negative resolution by the House of Representatives.

62. This Act shall come into force on a day to be appointed by the Minister

by Order published in the Gazette.

63. (1) The Local Government (District Boards) Act shall stand repealed at the

commencement of this Act.

(2) All regulations, by-laws, rules, orders and other subsidiary legislation

made under the Local Government (District Boards) Act shall continue in force

after the commencement of this Act to such an extent as they are not inconsis-

tent with the provisions of this Act, until repealed by regulations, by-laws, rules,

orders and other subsidiary legislation made hereunder.

Commence-

ment.

Repeals and

savings.

CAP. 67.

R.E. 1980-1990.

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SCHEDULE

[Section 2]

List of Towns

1. Benque Viejo Del Carmen

2. Corozal Town

3. Dangriga

4. Orange Walk Town

5. Punta Gorda

6. San Ignacio and Santa Elena

7. San Pedro
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