Oct. 30, 2000
No loans awarded by CDA in 1Q
Keeping up with its decision to slowdown on lending amid the borrowers' weakening ability to pay, the Commonwealth Development Authority has not awarded a single loan in the first quarter of the year. According to a report submitted by CDA to the Central Statistics Division of the commerce department, the government's lending arm did not approve of any loan agreement in the period covering January-March 2000 apparently because of rising delinquency rate. Back in 1999, the development authority has consistently awarded an average of $1.625 million in each quarter which is, however, lower than the previous year's $2.075 quarterly average.
MVA holds off action on gun bill
The Marianas Visitors Authority Board deferred voting on a controversial proposal seeking to establish the so-called shooting resorts in the Northern Marianas. Board members are divided on the issue on whether or not to support HB 12-212, which seeks to ease the tough gun control law in the CNMI. While most of the business groups in the CNMI have already submitted their position on the controversial bill now pending in the Senate, MVA has yet to make a stand on the proposed legislation. During Friday's board meeting, directors Marian Aldan-Pierce and Julian S. Calvo said they were not ready to cast their vote on the issue. Board members Roberta Guerrero and Miyoshi Fujita said they oppose the passage of the bill.
Oct. 30, 2001
Kiyu cites CUC for junking power plant
Sen. Thomas P. Villagomez expressed support yesterday for the decision of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. to scrap the 60-megawatt power plant on Saipan, describing the decision as reasonable. “[CUC’s] decision was recommended by their consultant, Burns & McDonnel. Is it right or wrong to do it now? I think that with the crisis we are in right now, the recommendation is reasonable. If you look around, it’s really down. We will have to review our needs,” Villagomez said. He recounted that during Burns & McDonnel’s presentation of their findings, project manager Kiah Harris pointed out two factors influencing their recommendation to scrap the project: the slowdown in the economy and the adverse ruling in the CUC vs Commonwealth Development Authority case.
Saipan road works get $250K
A local appropriation bill allocating $250,000 for road paving and other projects now heads to Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio after being passed by the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation. It was the only bill acted on by the delegation during their session yesterday afternoon. As passed by the delegation, House Local Bill 12-46 intends to tap $200,000 from the Developer Infrastructure Tax and $50,000 from the poker license fees for road improvement and construction projects. Of the entire amount, $200,000 would be used to pave and improve the Sadog Tasi and Chalan Kiya roads on Saipan, while $30,000 would go toward the roofing and repair of the building being used and occupied by the Saipan Municipal Council.
Oct. 30, 2002
Better trash collection mulled
With the CNMI’s solid waste program transforming itself into becoming a regional model, a local official yesterday revealed plans to conduct island-wide trash collection. At the same time, Solid Waste manager Alberta Carpenter said the much-awaited closure of the Puerto Rico dumpsite may be implemented in January. The closure of the decades-old dumpsite would be made after the completion of the Marpi landfill by December. Once the new facility is in operation, Carpenter said the Lower Base Refuse Transfer Station will start accommodating trash, while recycling newspapers, aluminum and eventually other materials.
Senate raises legal question over OPM control
The Senate is determined to verify where exactly in the CNMI Constitution it states that the Office of Personnel Management must be placed only within the auspices of the Civil Service Commission. The Upper House is officially raising the legal question through Senate Resolution 13-26, which seeks to obtain a judicial determination from the CNMI Supreme Court. This comes amid an ongoing debate over the issue of placing the OPM back within the control of CSC, as opposed to its current domicile under the Governor’s Office, pursuant to Public Law 13-1.