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Second Report from the Local Administration

Mayor Villarreal

Atendees to the report

Asistentes al informe

By Jesús Aguado

The city council held a meeting on Wednesday, August 30, to approve the items that would be communicated on Friday, September 2, in the second government report.

At the meeting the city council approved the agreement not to grant any more changes of residential to commercial zoning from until there is a plan “in order to preserve a viable historic center.”

The local authorities also approved new transit regulations and a mobility plan that presumably will control the traffic congestion in the Historic Center. Parking meters are being considered. The plan will also cover transportation during the night, improvements in public transportation, regulation of taxi fares, and regulation of public parking lots. A committee made up of public servants and citizens was also sworn in and, according to Mayor Ricardo Villarreal, this committee will manage the income from the mobility program and will apply it to the plan to avoid traffic congestion. More about this will be covered in our next edition.

The Report

Ricardo Villarreal highlighted the achievements of his administration to three thousand sanmiguelenses. More than 9,000 families have received support through solar heaters that help families save up to 300 pesos a month in gas or electricity, houses, cisterns, stoves, packages of chicken, and fruit trees. Villarreal stated that in just two years his administration has benefited 20 percent more families than the last administration, “and we still have 2018 to accomplish more.”

The mayor also spoke about the modernization in el campo as well as the work that the administration performed to improve health services with the construction of a new health center in La Lejona. Villarreal reported the investment of 4.5 million pesos in the construction of a waiting room for patients’ relatives at the General Hospital and mentioned the 1.5 million pesos invested in the construction of the Red Cross station on the road to Querétaro. According to his report, 15 thousand families benefited from the mobile health unit that has visited communities and neighborhoods across the city.

Concerning infrastructure, Villarreal described more than 385 public works that provide potable water and drainage to people, as well as electricity, roads, public areas, schools, monuments, and additional homes in the urban and rural zone. He announced that a park will be constructed this year near San Luis Rey. This park will be as big as Juárez Park, and it will cost more than 25 million pesos.

Mayor Villarreal mentioned the reconstruction of the Boulevard de la Conspiración with its sculptured showpieces, the four lanes from El Pípila to Malanquín, and the beginning of construction of calle No Me Olvides, a road that will connect Alcocer with the Patrimonio traffic circle. He described the paving of calle Bordo that will connect Ignacio Ramírez with the road to Los Rodríguez. Mayor Villarreal is sorry that the road from San Luis Rey connecting with the road to Los Rodriguez could not be constructed. He stressed that it was not for lack of money but rather because agreements with the land owners were not possible.

The mayor spoke about the construction and opening of the new slaughterhouse, the acoustic shell, and the opening of Plaza la Estación (see more information about this in the central pages), as well as the construction of the new Visitor Center on the road to Querétaro.

Mayor Villarreal mentioned some of the celebrations planned for the 475th anniversary of the founding of San Miguel. They feature a special edition of a troy ounce silver coin for sale at the Consejo Turístico, a book with the history of the city, a statue to honor Zeferino Gutiérrez who was responsible for the construction of the Parroquia, and the raffle for the National Lottery that was held in August in San Miguel.

Concerning economy and tourism, he mentioned the naming of San Miguel de Allende as the world’s best city to visit by the Travel and Leisure Magazine, as well as the 50 percent increase in tourism that has now surpassed 2.2 million visitors a year. Because of that, he said that three thousand million pesos will be invested in the construction of hotels and restaurants in the next 24 months.

Concerning safety, he spoke about the firing of police officers linked to organized crime and additional equipment, training, and the construction of a new Computing and Monitoring Center costing 25 million pesos that will be finished within the next few months. He commented on the arrest of Escobar Poblete, the kidnapper who terrorized sanmiguelenses for more than 10 years and who had kidnapped people in Colombia, Chile, Brazil, and Mexico.

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