With the V.I. Carnival holidays and leave days looming, the Legislature acted in harmony on the first day of its two-day work week Monday, unanimously approving three of Gov. Charles W. Turnbull's nominees to government panels.
Winning unopposed approval were Eileen Petersen to a second term on the Casino Control Commission; Paulette Rabsatt to the Government Employees Service Commission's Health Insurance Board; and Herbert A.E. Grigg to the V.I. Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.
Petersen, who is retired from the Territorial Court bench on St. Croix, has chaired the Casino Control Commissioner since it began work four years ago. She was the second person named to the panel, after then-Gov. Roy Schneider's son-in-law, Michael Watson, and earns $85,000 in the chairmanship in addition to her $100,000 retirement income.
Six weeks ago, the commission saw the first tangible fruits of its efforts to attract gaming to St. Croix when the Divi Carina Bay Casino opened its doors.
By law, the casino panel members serve five-year terms — and are limited to two such consecutive terms. However, the first three commission members were appointed to shorter, staggered terms. Thus Petersen is about to begin her first full five-year appointment.
Rabsatt, named to the GESC Health Insurance Board, is an accountant From 1992 to 1998, she served as accounting director for the Finance Department.
Grigg , an electrician, was a Housing Authority employee from 1981 to 1990, serving as director of operations, director of management and coordination specialist.
Also Monday, the Legislature approved a 20-year lease to E.D. Plumbing Contractors for government-owned space in Estate Nisky to be used for selling and warehousing plumbing equipment.