No workers to be found in new administration building

POSTED: 10/24/12 5:52 PM

St. Maarten – According to a press release from the cabinet of Prime Minister Wescot-Williams, work on the installation of fire safety related provisions in the new government administration building began during the past weekend. When our photographer Milton Pieters visited the building yesterday around 2 p.m. – a time when one would expect some activity – , the door was open but there were no workers around. What he did find however, was a dead pigeon, the first occupant to pass away in the $16.27 million building that has cost the tax payer by now $9.1 million in lease fees.

The fire safety related provisions include amongst other things fire rated doors, a fire suppression system for archive and computer rooms and additional smoke detectors. The contractors will also inspect the main panels of the electrical installation, the generators and air handler units. A press release from the prime minister’s cabinet states that this work will take six months to complete – putting the completion date around the end of April, smack in the middle of the Carnival celebrations.
Next week Tuesday the court in Philipsburg handles the lawsuit filed by developer RGM against the government. The Trinidad-based company demands that the government finish the building and occupies it.

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