Minister Lake meets with SOL and Cay Bay Community Council

POSTED: 08/27/13 12:43 PM

St. Maarten – Vromi Minister Maurice Lake is pleased with the site visit last Friday that he took part in along with SOL Fuel provider and representatives from the Cay Bay Community Council.

This site visit is a follow-up to a meeting that Minister Lake had with the Cay Bay Community Council a few weeks ago.
“In my back to basics approach, you also have to follow-up and get back to the grass roots people who are impacted on a daily basis by quality of life issues. At the same time you have to bring in the other stakeholders because we all use one space and everybody has to look at how better we can live together,” Minister Lake said.
“The site visit that took place on Friday was to review certain situations in Cay Bay and see how we can resolve these matters in a manner that is a win-win for everybody concerned. I believe this form of back to basics approach will go a long way in finding common solutions to common problems and challenges with the different community councils in the districts,” he added.
SOL was represented by its Managing Director David Antrobus and Mr. James. SOL is interested in working on a joint partnership with the community with respect to restoring the well. It will have a design made with respect to the well on how it can be restored.
It will also assist with the maintenance of running water on Aaron Jacob Drive and restore the Cay Bay Cemetery.
“Cemeteries are sacred places and they must be kept in good condition as we must respect our elders as well as the young who have passed on and who have been buried,” Minister Lake pointed out.
Ministry of Vromi is busy replacing the cemetery gate and has already cleaned up the silt from around the area. Lake will contact the landowner of a piece of property in the area of the cemetery to see if they would give permission for the lot to be used as parking during funerals.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank SOL as a stakeholder in the Cay Bay area for being a good corporate citizen within the community where it has its facility. I encourage other businesses in the area and in the other districts to give back to their communities in some form or manner. Everybody has a role to play. We need to get back to basics and look at community development in partnership between corporate and community. We just need to work together with the community councils, and government will also do its part,” Lake daid.
The minister plans to meet with community councils on a monthly basis.

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