The House of Representatives passed four resolutions in quick succession last Monday—three honoring two individuals and a group and one requesting compensation or land exchange to mitigate flooding in Chalan Kanoa.
House Resolution 18-67 requests the Department of Public Lands to facilitate the land compensation or land exchange for the taking of private property in Chalan Kanoa.
Due to the hazards and problems flooding has posed in the area, the bill proposes that a drainage or ponding location to catch runoff water be built in the area that will be acquired by DPL.
HR 18-68, meanwhile, honors Saipan Mayor Marian Deleon Guerrero Tudela’s “distinguished career and congratulate and commend her countless exemplary accomplishments and contributions to the people of the Northern Marianas.”
Tudela became mayor after former mayor Donald Glenn P. Flores’ untimely passing in June this year. She has the distinction of being the first ever woman to occupy the position of mayor on Saipan.
Long-time CNMI resident Jerold “Jerry” Facey, meanwhile, is being honored by HR 18-70 “for his outstanding services to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, most especially the citizens of the Commonwealth.”
Facey is a familiar fixture in the islands’ volunteer groups as he is a member of the American Red Cross NMI Chapter, Veterans of Foreign Wars Office, as well as a board member of the Northern Marianas College Foundation.
The House also passed HR 18-69 last Tuesday to “commend the Northern Mariana Islands Crime Stoppers for its endeavors in increasing public safety and voice support for a non-profit organization that has become a integral tool in keeping the citizens of the Northern Mariana Islands safe.”
NMI Crime Stoppers was founded in 1989 and collaborates with the media, law enforcement, and the community to provide a contact number and website accessible to everyone to report information about crime in the NMI and elsewhere.
Tips to NMI Crime Stoppers have cleared over 400 cases, led to the arrest of over 250 persons, recovered over $250,000 in stolen property, and taken over $2.6 million worth of illegal drugs off the streets.