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Mayor Villarreal Hosts Public Event to Summarize His First 100 Days in Office

Presidente Villarreal

Susana Chauvet and Mayor Villarrreal

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By Jesús Aguado

The city will soon be billboard-free, Mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal promised in his 100-Day Government Report, a state of the municipality report recently issued by the mayoral administration.

“It is unforgivable to have all that visual pollution at the main entrances to San Miguel,” he said. “The billboards are illegal because they are invading public roads with commerce. All this trash with neither local nor federal permits will be removed,” he said.

To give context to the public works that have been achieved during the mayor’s first 100 days in office, Villarreal made a public appearance at the Plaza Cívica, where before Sanmiguelenses and representatives from the local and state government he promised that the city will keep being for Sanmiguelenses, always clean, always ordered, always secure, and with the best quality of life.

In the report, Villarreal highlighted the city’s moratorium on granting new land-use permits and permits to changes land-use designations until the San Miguel de Allende City Council approves a Plan for Urban, Ecological and Territorial Development, an official urban planning document for the city. This document, he said, will guarantee a sustainable, inhabitable, and secure city.

Close to 300 students attended this event. According to information presented by the local government, 1,200 students from 500 schools received an electronic tablet to improve their education and give them greater access to the Internet and digital information. Local officials also said that 11 rural communities throughout San Miguel’s municipality—including Jalpa, Puerto de Nieto, Támbula, and Charco de Sierra—now have free public Wi-Fi.

Villarreal also announced that his administration had given 2,700 families free materials for constructing new homes or for renovating existing ones in poor condition. He said that the city has built seven new public plazas in rural communities such as Trojes de Belén, as well as four new soccer courts in the communities of San Antonio del Varal, Clavellinas, Jardines II, and Paredón.

Public servants did not get a salary raise, Villarreal said, other than a cost of living increase of 4 percent to account for inflation. However, the Cleaning Department staff did get a 10 percent raise, as did police and traffic officers. The Public Safety Department now has 20 more patrol cars and 10 more patrol motorcycles, and officers are now patrolling 40 more neighborhoods daily than before, he said.

Regarding plans to solve traffic problems around the El Pípila roundabout, Mayor Villarreal said that the executive project to do so has been approved by the federal and state government, meaning that an improvement project will definitely go forward.

He did not give a start date for the project, saying only that the work would begin in the coming months.

 

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