Feb. 6, 2004 – The ball for getting the new Waste Management Authority up and running was back in the Legislature's court as of Friday, with Gov. Charles W. Turnbull submitting all at one time his nominations for the four public sector seats on the authority board and his appointments for the three government positions.
From the private sector, he nominated:
– Reginald George, a St. Croix engineer.
– Deandre J. Atwell, president of Spectrum Group, a St. Croix construction firm.
– Alan D. Smith, a lawyer, to be the St. John representative.
– Anthon Winston Adams, a self-employed project manager and consultant, as the St. Thomas representative.
The four nominations require Senate confirmation.
While terms will eventually be for three years overlapping, initially two board members will serve for two years and another for a single year. Turnbull is proposing Atwell for a three-year term, Adams and Smith for two years and George for one year.
To represent the government, Turnbull appointed Public Works Commissioner Wayne Callwood; Keith Richards, the governor's assistant for capital projects; and Gloria Canegata-Waterman, his assistant for St. Croix.
The legislation creating the new authority specifies that the Public Works commissioner be one of the three government board members, and that at least one of the three be a person with experience in environmental or physical science.
Two of the four private-sector members must be from St. Croix, with one each from St. Thomas and St. John. One must have an engineering or construction background, one a business background, and one an environmental engineering background.
Government House provided resumes including the following information on three of the private sector nominees. No information was provided for George.
Smith, an attorney with the St. Thomas law firm of Hodge & Francois, is a former Planning and Natural Resources Department commissioner, a former assistant V.I. attorney general and a former public defender both in the territory and in Michigan.
Adams is a licensed building contractor and draftsman. He served as project manager for repair, renovation, restoration and new building projects on both University of the Virgin Islands campuses between 1988 and 1997, including restoration of 40 buildings following Hurricanes Hugo and Marilyn. He also was project manager for the West Indian Co. administration building and the new Lockhart School.
Atwell has been president of Spectrum Group since 2000. She has 10 years of experience in financial planning, budgeting, management, auditing, analysis, information systems, and employee recruitment and motivation in the Public Works Department, Office of Management and Budget and Office of the Adjutant General. She describes herself as "proficient at controlling difficult learning situations."
The Waste Management Authority legislation gave the governor 15 days from the time the act became law in which to submit his nominations for the board. In signing the measure "reluctantly" on Jan. 22, Turnbull called for a number of changes, including increasing that time to 60 days. (See "Waste authority is now law — to be amended".) Friday marked the 15th day after he signed the law — counting weekends.
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