PHILIPSBURG:— Prime Minister William Marlin on Wednesday told reporters at the Council of Minister’s press briefing that after reading the newspapers especially a letter to the editor regarding the government administration building he is obliged to set the record straight.
Marlin said he aware that its election year and there are some politicians that are in full campaign mode but to circulate erroneous information is not something that can be ignored.
He said while browsing through the newspapers he read a letter to the editor that states that some sort of deal was made involing NAF. 50,000.00.
Marlin said after 8 years having a building sitting on Pond Island that could not be used his government chose to sell the building to SZV in order to reduce the debt government owes SZV. He said that the building was just a shell and SZV had to invest monies to complete the building in order for those occupying the current administration building to move into the building. Marlin said that government did not invest any monies in the government building since none was set aside in the budget for that, instead his government found a solution which in actuality shot two birds with one stone, one they reduced the amount of monies government owes to SZV by selling the building to the medical insurance company, while the building will be completed and become usable after 8 years.
Marlin further explained that the furnishing of the building will be done by government that will be done at a later date. He said that right now focus is placed on the cabling and other needed utilities and adequate parking. Employees would have to use the current parking space at the back of the government building until the parking garage on Pond Island is completed, for now the front of the building will have limited parking space for those persons that will be going to the government building when it is occupied.
He also announced on Wednesday that the old building that they are now using will undergo reconstruction along with an expansion at the back of the building to house the Parliament of St. Maarten. When that is completed he said there will be an overhead bridge from the Parliament Building to the Government Building on Pond Island.
Source: St. Martin News Network
PM Marlin denounces letter to the editor with false information on Government Building.