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Charlotte Amalie
Friday, July 19, 2024


The Senate Finance Committee approved the submission by government agencies of five federal grant applications Thursday, including one that will go toward a $3.8 million program to improve the Ingeborg Nesbitt Clinic in Frederiksted.
In the last 20 years, the clinic has provided services to approximately 25,000 medically underserved persons, the committee was told. Funding for the grant will be 20 percent through federal funds, 19 percent through program income and the remaining 61 percent through local funds. Post Auditor Campbell Malone confirmed that the Office of Management and Budget has the needed local funding earmarked in the fiscal year 2001 budget.
The clinic grant application and three of the four others were approved unanimously.
The fifth, for $71,900 for the Tourism Department to complete a comprehensive development strategy for the territory, was approved 5-1. Sen. Alicia "Chucky" Hansen cast the opposing vote after learning the funds were already being spent, a departure from normal procedure. The grant is for $42,000 in federal funding with a local match of $29,900.
The other three grants, all to be 100 percent federally funded, are for the Planning and Natural Resources Department:
– $12,598 for assistance to collect, manage and disseminate bio-statistical data from commercial fishing.
– $406,854 for technical assistance to small public water systems under the Safe Water Drinking Act.
– $288,853 from the National Park Service to identify, evaluate and protect historic properties.
Committee members present and voting were Sens. Lorraine Berry, Roosevelt David, Violet Anne Golden, Hansen and David Jones. Sen. Gregory Bennerson was absent.

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