A New Slaughterhouse and Airfield, Possible This Year

Mayor Ricardo Villarreal

By Jesús Aguado

Mayor Ricardo Villarreal assured that in the first semester of this year the slaughterhouse on Calzada de la Estación will be closed, and the new federal inspection—type slaughterhouse will be opened on the road to Rodríguez. In addition, the first phase of three for the Cuevitas Community Center will be inaugurated.

In an interview granted to Atención, Mayor Villarreal assured that the accomplishments of his administration in the first three months with no doubt have been “major public works” with an investment of 140 million pesos. “These works were very necessary,” he said, highlighting the construction of a Visitors’ Center between the PGJ building and City Hall at an investment of nine million pesos. He also mentioned the reconstruction of Boulevard de la Conspiración, which for the first time will include sidewalks and bike trails that will go from the area of the universities to the entrance of Palmita de Landeta.

The asphalting works on the Manuel Zavala libramiento in the section from the Allende traffic circle to El Pípila traffic circle will begin as well in 2016. The works on that line will also include widening of the libramiento from El Pípila traffic circle to the Malanquín área from two to four lanes and, later during the year, the widening of the libramiento from the Bicentennial Bridge to the exit to Dolores from three to four lanes. In 2016, said Villarreal, the local administration will do public works for public spaces and rural communities. That will be possible thanks to extraordinary financial resources obtained from the federation and the state.

According to the mayor, in 2016 the local administration will save 70,000 pesos daily (25,500,000 pesos in one year). He said that, like a family, the administration has to stay within budget. Since the local administration has to be an example, they will save money that was spent on communications, combustibles, paper, and payroll in other years. “We want the people’s money on the streets, transformed in services and assets,” noted the mayor.

On the topic of the slaughterhouse, he said that for sure in the first semester this year the building on Calzada de la Estación will be closed and the Cuevitas Community Center will open. According to Governor Miguel Márquez, this center will be the biggest in the state and will have the greatest investment. Villarreal said that these works will help in development of the city in the next 20 years.

The airfield that was planned to attract tourism with bigger buying power by the 2012-2015 administration has been closed since 2013 because it did not meet several federal requirements. Mayor Villarreal assured that his administration is working very hard on legal topics that need to be solved. As an example, he said that the landing strip is constructed on land that does not belong to the government but to private individuals. He is working to sign agreements to give to the local administration the legal right to the plots. After that, he said, “We will make important announcements with the private sector and the state government.”

Several structures constructed in 2013 at bus stops were heavily criticized by the users because sitting there is not comfortable, and they do not protect users from the sun or the rain. Also, people taller than 1.65m hit their heads on the flowerpots. Villarreal assured that, with money from Sanmiguelenses, his administration will try to dignify the structures because “those bus stops are for protecting people from the rain and the sun and do not perform the first or the second function.”

Asked what his stand will be now that his brother Luis Alberto Villarreal (twice federal legislator, senator for Guanajuato, and mayor of San Miguel) has announced that he will seek the candidacy for governor of Guanajuato, Mayor Ricardo Villarreal said, “I am celebrating that a man with such experience and results has announced his candidacy for governor. And that is a legitimate aspiration, but when the time is right, the (PAN) party and Guanajuatenses will decide what they want. In the meantime, I was hired by the Sanmiguelenses to work hard and make important changes in the city. I will work tirelessly to have a growing city, a tranquil place with social and economic development. We do have the same surname, and the good actions from one will impact in the other,” he concluded.

 

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