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Saipan council to pursue village identification project

THE Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council will pursue the village identification project, council chair Debra Lynn T. Camacho said.

Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council Chair Debra Lynn T. Camacho, center, poses with vice chair Antonia M. Tudela and secretary Ana D. Castro. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

The project aims to establish culturally significant sites, historical landmarks and identify the characteristics of each of the island’s villages.

Camacho is confident that the municipal council will continue to work harmoniously with the Saipan mayor’s office, lawmakers and the administration in pursuing the other programs that the previous municipal council did not complete.

“It is our goal to work with lawmakers and the administration in securing more resources,” she said.

Camacho said she and the other council members — vice chair Antonia M. Tudela and secretary Ana D. Castro —  are looking forward to working with other CNMI officials.

In a separate interview, former municipal council chair and now Precinct 1 Rep. Luis John Castro said he, too, will continue to pursue the implementation of the village identification project.

The project, which will be patterned after Guam’s, will enhance community development, Castro added.

Camacho said having Castro in the Legislature will be good for the municipal council and its projects.

“We will seek his and the mayor’s guidance regarding pending projects,” she added.

Camacho said they are also hoping to start the construction of the new municipal council building.

After the council’s previous building was damaged by Typhoon Soudelor in Aug. 2015, the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved $466,000 for the construction of a new building.

FEMA also required the municipal council to a submit a historical structural report.

However, the discussion with the Historic Preservation Office on whether the old municipal building is historic and should be preserved is still ongoing.

Camacho said they will be meeting with all the regulatory agencies involved to discuss the status of the project.