15 May 2018
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
HE voted against the passage of a measure appropriating $7 million for mold remediation and a new air-conditioning system for the judicial building, but Rep. Ed Propst said he is a strong supporter of the CNMI judiciary.
“For the record, I am a strong supporter of getting funding for the court for mold removal because of health issues, and giving them new air-conditioning units,” he said.
But he added that he has reservations about the appropriation amount.
According to Propst, the assessment that the Legislature received was from an engineering firm based on Guam.
He said other companies have said the amount “seems rather high.”
He added, “Had we had a more accurate figure we would see lower bids coming in.”
He said the Guam firm indicated that the project may be completed in 15 months.
“If we are looking at 15 months, why can’t we wait one more week to formulate questions and meet with experts and engineering firms to discuss a more reasonable appropriation for the CNMI judiciary?”
The judicial building in Susupe has been closed since March 15, 2018 due to a malfunctioning air-conditioning system.
On March 21, 2018, the Bureau of Environmental Health declared that the building was infested with mold.
Currently, the Superior Court is holding hearings in a small room at the Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center and in the Department of Public Safety training offices. The District Court for the NMI in Garapan has also been designated as a temporary location for court proceedings.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/104425-propst-i-m-a-strong-supporter-of-judiciary