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April 23, 2009 – As soon as the electricians finish installing energy- efficient lighting at Pine Peace basketball court, workers will begin putting French drains in place to help alleviate the court's flooding problem, a Housing Parks and Recreation Department official said.
"It should decrease the water sitting for long periods of time," said Hubert Moscoso, the administrator for Housing, Parks and Recreation's program on St. John.
Moscoso was part of the team from Housing, Parks and Recreation that spoke to St. John residents Thursday at an open house held at the Battery. The Labor Department and the Housing Finance Authority were also represented at the event, the latest in a series of similar open houses that brings top government officials to St. John so they can personally hear the resident's complaints and suggestions.
Three dozen St. John residents attended.
Moscoso explained that the French drains to be used at Pine Peace will have a rock base that allows the water to percolate out. Moscoso said the drain is pitched so that the water drains in the direction of an adjacent gut.
The island's Youth Center, which was long in a state of disrepair, has two new bathrooms that are nearly finished, Moscoso said.
"And we've ordered ceiling tile and new ceiling fans," he said.
Moscoso said energy-efficient lighting is also planned for Cruz Bay Park.
A steady stream of people stopped by Labor Commissioner Albert Bryan's table in hopes of finding a job.
"I don't really have any skills, but I do a little bit of everything," Brent Jarvis said.
Jarvis was laid off from his construction job more than a month ago.
Bryan had words of encouragement and said that Jarvis, 24, is eligible to participate in a Labor Department program that subsidizes salaries for workers. He urged people ages 18 to 25 to tell potential employers about this program.
"The most important thing is to give young people a chance," he said.
He put the territory's unemployment rate at 7.7 percent on St. Croix and 6.5 percent in the St. Thomas/St. John District.
Housing Finance Authority staff was on hand to tell people how to apply for ownership of the 24 homes now under construction at Calabash Boom. The authority controls the home ownership program, but Reliance Housing Foundation is in charge of the rentals.
Currently, the Authority is pre-qualifying people for home ownership. Applications are available at the Administrator's Office at the Battery or at the authority's office in Frenchtown.
"The project will be completed early next year," the authority's loan processor, Risa Sasso, said.
While subsidies will be available to make home ownership more affordable, special projects coordinator Condon John said that applicant's low income will be the biggest obstacle to participation in the program. She said that without a subsidy, families must earn $100,000 a year to qualify for home ownership.

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April 23, 2009 - As soon as the electricians finish installing energy- efficient lighting at Pine Peace basketball court, workers will begin putting French drains in place to help alleviate the court's flooding problem, a Housing Parks and Recreation Department official said.
"It should decrease the water sitting for long periods of time," said Hubert Moscoso, the administrator for Housing, Parks and Recreation's program on St. John.
Moscoso was part of the team from Housing, Parks and Recreation that spoke to St. John residents Thursday at an open house held at the Battery. The Labor Department and the Housing Finance Authority were also represented at the event, the latest in a series of similar open houses that brings top government officials to St. John so they can personally hear the resident's complaints and suggestions.
Three dozen St. John residents attended.
Moscoso explained that the French drains to be used at Pine Peace will have a rock base that allows the water to percolate out. Moscoso said the drain is pitched so that the water drains in the direction of an adjacent gut.
The island's Youth Center, which was long in a state of disrepair, has two new bathrooms that are nearly finished, Moscoso said.
"And we've ordered ceiling tile and new ceiling fans," he said.
Moscoso said energy-efficient lighting is also planned for Cruz Bay Park.
A steady stream of people stopped by Labor Commissioner Albert Bryan's table in hopes of finding a job.
"I don't really have any skills, but I do a little bit of everything," Brent Jarvis said.
Jarvis was laid off from his construction job more than a month ago.
Bryan had words of encouragement and said that Jarvis, 24, is eligible to participate in a Labor Department program that subsidizes salaries for workers. He urged people ages 18 to 25 to tell potential employers about this program.
"The most important thing is to give young people a chance," he said.
He put the territory's unemployment rate at 7.7 percent on St. Croix and 6.5 percent in the St. Thomas/St. John District.
Housing Finance Authority staff was on hand to tell people how to apply for ownership of the 24 homes now under construction at Calabash Boom. The authority controls the home ownership program, but Reliance Housing Foundation is in charge of the rentals.
Currently, the Authority is pre-qualifying people for home ownership. Applications are available at the Administrator's Office at the Battery or at the authority's office in Frenchtown.
"The project will be completed early next year," the authority's loan processor, Risa Sasso, said.
While subsidies will be available to make home ownership more affordable, special projects coordinator Condon John said that applicant's low income will be the biggest obstacle to participation in the program. She said that without a subsidy, families must earn $100,000 a year to qualify for home ownership.

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