BELVEDERE - With the launching the “Common Good in the Public Park”, public forums and listening sessions, the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation (SMHDF) aims to enhance community building and steps towards understanding the needs and resources.
During these "public forums" or public problem-identification and problem-solving sessions, residents are encouraged to discuss issues of importance to them. The SMHDF, Community Police Officer (CPO) and the Health Department are the facilitators that lead the discussion of various aspects of the issue like the community's strengths, potential problems and prevention.
The success of these forums is dependent on the resident’s participation, which offers valuable insights into the community developments. The sessions are started with the SMHDF guiding and explaining, its core objectives and subsequent actions affecting the community.
Issues and concerns
You can pick your friends, but you can't pick your neighbors. Neighbors can play an important role in our community and our lives, and remember, each one of us in this room is a neighbor too.
As neighbors, we live close by one another, but "close" is a relative term. Regardless the distance between one another. Though good neighbors may live close, they respect your space and privacy.
Good neighbors' actions support community. Most importantly, good neighbors are respectful. They consider the others who live around them. They avoid keeping others awake with loud parties and violent dogs.
Updates were provided on the maintenance priority areas such as blocks 15, 16 and 17 in Belvedere and the replacing of the windows and doors in the mobile homes. Railing for the apartment complex are also being replaced, considering that many of our seniors live in them.
These updates are an effective way to keep our tenants informed. We urge the tenants to be understanding as the foundation can only do so much at a time, however, know that we are working on the worst-case scenario first.
Once this is done, we will be able to move on the minor issues and then the beautification of the homes such as painting of the exterior. Starting with the 5 - one bedroom apartment complexes mostly occupied by seniors by September.
At present the SMHDF is rewiring the electrical and plumbing aspects of these buildings as well as gel coating the roofs. Two units have been completed and the 3 remaining are progressing slowly. SMHDF also urged its residents to play their part by living up their obligations, which will allow the SMHDF to invest more into the revitalization of the units.
The CPO Leonard and Romeo informed that the Police and the SMHDF are not there to take away dogs and but would like to provide guidelines on how to keep the community safe. If your neighbors cannot enjoy their surroundings because of your Pitbull’s or other internationally banned dogs running loose than the police is called.
Lately the police are too often called for Dogs and Loud music in our communities. Let’s be considerate of our neighbors as none should life in fear. Residents were provided with safety tips by the CPO and were given a flyer with the contact information of the CPO for their district.
These information sessions will continue throughout the month of June, starting the 12th until the 30th., Monday to Friday from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The SMHDF team will be there to inform you of the work in progress as well as hear your concerns. Look out for your invitation as each district is invited on different days.
Try to come out and get the information first hand.
We appreciate all our tenants. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not shown in promises but rather in the actions we take. And remember, together we achieve more.
We look forward to seeing you there.
The second part of the “Common Good in the Public Park” which entails a fun filled water park exhibition will be held in the month of July 2017.