Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association will be holding two meetings this week to prepare for next month’s takeover of the Oleai Sports Complex.
NMASA will meet with Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Laurie Ogumoro tomorrow afternoon to discuss the turnover of duties for the maintenance and operation of the Oleai facilities. Then in the evening, NMASA will sit down with its acting executive director Tony Rogolifoi to ask for development about personnel hiring.
“Tony Rogolifoi has been given the responsibility of hiring staff for the facility. The NMASA board is meeting on Wednesday evening, and we expect to receive a report from Tony as to his progress,” NMASA president Michael White said in an email to Saipan Tribune.
“We have previously met with DCCA Secretary Ogumoro, and are going to meet with her again on Wednesday afternoon, to assure a smooth transition. Beyond these, there are a lot of little things that have to get done, and we are confident that all of them will be done in due time,” White added.
NMASA will assume responsibility at the Oleai facilities on Oct. 1. A $193,228 budget for NMASA had been approved last week and the association is entitled to get four employees. NMASA can absorb the current staff at the soon-to-be-defunct Division of Sports and Recreation, but during the association’s meeting, White announced that these employees are not interested in working with NMASA, so Rogolifoi is tasked to look for his staff.
Besides addressing personnel issues, NMASA is looking into ways to keep the orderliness and cleanliness of the complex. White said that during their previous meetings, NMASA board members are considering entering into a contract with a private company for maintenance and cleaning jobs at the various facilities.
“There are lots of cleaning up to do and we have to start as soon as possible as more organizations and more people will be using the facilities in the last quarter of the year,” White said at the NMASA meeting.
NMASA is also open to hosting off-island teams planning to train on Saipan, while White advised groups that are going to use the facilities to coordinate with Rogolifoi for the usage guidelines.
Meanwhile, White again called on the lawmakers to act on House Bill 18-111, which is introduced by Rep. Antonio Sablan (IR-Saipan) and would give NMASA independence from DCCA and necessary tools to perform its duties.
“Our biggest concern is that the Legislature has yet to act on H.B. 18-111. This is very important to us, for a variety of reasons,” White said.
H.B. 18-111 or the “Northern Marianas Sports Act of 2013” would repeal Executive Order 94-3 that placed NMASA under the wing of DCCA through DSR. The bill would also make NMASA a private non-profit corporation that is allowed to raise funds (through lotteries and facilities usage fees) and receive donations.