NMI gets $9.2M in CIP funds

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THE CNMI was awarded by the U.S. Department of the Interior $9.2 million in capital improvement project or CIP funding, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios told Variety on Friday.

In an interview, he said he had a very productive meeting with Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Douglas Domenech and U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan in Washington, D.C.

After their meeting, Palacios said the Interior assistant secretary wrote a letter officially informing Gov. Ralph DLG Torres about the CIP funds for the Commonwealth.

In his letter to the governor, Domenech said he was pleased to award the CNMI government $9,208,000 in fiscal year 2020 for the following projects:

• $2,911,250 for the local cost share of the Federal Management Agency projects on Saipan.

• $1 million for the Department of Corrections’ fire alarm and sprinkler system construction.

• $1.2 million for the local cost share of FEMA projects related to the Public School System.

• $1,041,575 for the construction of the West San Jose Waterline on Tinian.

• $1,041,575 for the Rota landfill architecture and engineering.

• $649,150 for the continuation of the CIP program administration.

• $415,000 for the maintenance of infrastructure projects in the Commonwealth.

• $949,450 for the renovation of Building 1365 for the Commonwealth Disability Center.

In addition to these CIP funds, OIA also awarded the CNMI a total of $846,476 in grant funding for the following projects:

• $498,225 for the Office of the Governor to secure the professional services of an environmental consulting firm to review the upcoming military environmental studies and programmatic agreements related to divert airfield as detailed in the proposal submitted on January 23, 2020.

• $144,916 for the Rota municipality’s emergency responder radio repeater system improvement project, as detailed in a proposal submitted on Jan. 13, 2020.

• $203,335 for the coconut rhinoceros beetle detection, eradication, and preventive measures.

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