St. Maarten Government proposes two buildings for Dutch grant

POSTED: 02/9/12 1:10 PM

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell announced on Wednesday that the Methodist Church on Front Street and the historic Passangrahan building have been proposed as the recipients of €1.3 million grant from the Dutch Monument Preservation Fund. If the requests are approved the money will be used to the restoration of three buildings at the Methodist Church yard and for the historic building at Passangrahan.
“There are a number of projects and proposals that were looked at. People were asked to submit projects and in the end the department voted on the projects that met the criteria, but were also most likely in keeping with terms or reference for receiving the funds,” Arrindell said.

Arrindell also announced Wednesday that the government is on the brink of setting up the monument council, which will provide her with advice on monuments. She was not ready to give the names of the members, but promised it would be a mix of people who have been working in the field and some fresh faces.
“It will be people with interest and who have supported these activities in the past. When I came in there was kind of a dormant council that was being looked at to be revived and over the course of the last year we’ve been back and forth with names of people who were interested and names were dropped, so now we’re at the final stage and I think it might be at the notary’s right now,” Arrindell said.

The minister also said Wednesday that she is unaware that the Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure is waiting for an advice for the monument council before it decides on the license requested by Rainforest Adventures.

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