After more than a week of heated wrangling over the most desirable method to refurbish Ajijic’s central streets, the verdict is in. Municipal authorities have prevailed in their plan to resurface four blocks of roadway with cobblestones fixed in concrete, providing temporary jobs to 40 unemployed local construction workers.
Following a series of public rallies that pitted neighbor against neighbor and exposed repeated waffling on the part of city hall officials, the final decision was announced late Tuesday, November 4 at a public meeting held at the town plaza.
Speaking on behalf of Mayor Joaquin Huerta, Property Registry Director Juan Carlos Pelayo stated that he had just finished a private meeting with the faction of residents campaigning for traditional cobblestones set in sand during which the group reached a “consensus” to give up resistance and let the project proceed to avoid further conflict in the community.
Last Saturday, the cement adversaries attracted a crowd of about 100 supporters to a rally at the plaza. Pelayo appeared at the event and, in an attempt to satisfy demands for conserving Ajijic’s historic atmosphere, offered a compromise to maintain the old style cobblestones on Calle Marcos Castellanos and Parroquia, while going ahead with cemented rocks on the two blocks of Colón that will be fixed up during December.