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Answer Desk: What Services Provide Transport for Seniors and Removes Items from Households?

Source reader Royden Livingston requested information regarding a business or government service that helps transport seniors from one point to the other. He also inquired about companies that handle the removal of household items. 

Senators Grill WMA officials on Overdue Payments to Trash Haulers

Senators questioned V.I. Waste Management Authority officials at length over millions of dollars still owed to trash haulers during a Friday hearing at Ottley Legislative Hall on St. Thomas.

Senate Panel Advances Bill Offering Amnesty for Illegal Apartments

A bill to offer a two-year amnesty to homeowners who have enclosed useable space under their houses without the proper permits was passed by the Senate Committee on Housing, Transportation, Infrastructure and Communications on Friday.

VIHFA Disputes Findings of Mismanagement in Federal Audit

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority officials on Wednesday disputed some findings of mismanagement in a capacity audit of $233 million in FEMA grants awarded to the authority last December.
In a 2012 photo, Rodney Varlack stands in front of one of his vessels, Venture Pride. (St. John Tradewinds photo)

Family and Friends Remember Rodney Varlack’s Life and Legacy

The life of an enterprising and successful Virgin Islander came to an end last week with the death of Rodney Varlack, but his legacy and the impact he had on the islands will live on. Varlack died April 27 on St. John.

HFA Touts Breakthroughs in Housing Programs

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Daryl Griffith confirmed Wednesday that both the home ownership conversion program for Lovenlund and Bellevue communities and the EnVIsion Homeowner Rehabilitation and Reconstruction program, are in full swing.
AT&T Legal Counsel Tom Bolt testifies before Wednesday’s committee. (Photo by Chaunte Herbert for the V.I. Legislature)

AT&T Leaves STJ Without Internet, Creates $100,000 Mistake

The “Call Before You Dig” bill did not stop AT&T from unintentionally cutting Virgin Islands Next Generation Network’s backbone fiber line on St. Thomas, leaving St. John without internet access for four hours.

Housing Authority Gives Senate a Glimpse of What’s to Come

The Virgin Islands Housing Authority unveiled a portfolio plan for lawmakers that spans 10 years, requires an investment of $830 million, will generate or impact 3,300 jobs and create more than 2,700 affordable apartments between St. Thomas and St. Croix.
Sen. Marvin Blyden calls Robert O’Connor 'a humble giant.' (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

WMA Employees Not Eligible for Hazardous Retirement Benefits

Employees of the V.I. Waste Management Authority who work with dangerous chemicals are not eligible for hazardous retirement benefits because of an action that should have been taken 10 years ago but was not.
Taxis line up for business on St. John. (Photo from the V.I. Taxi Association website)

Analysis, Part 2: Taxi Lobby Wields Outsized Influence Over V.I. Government

Ronnie Lockhart of St. Thomas posted a question on Facebook asking who has the most power in the Virgin Islands." The options were: governor; senate president, president of the Taxi Association and the head of the Tourism Department. Five said the governor while 26 picked the Taxi Association.

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