An upgrade of the St. Joseph Health Centre to a full-service medical hospital, an administrative complex to house government’s postal services, a sub-treasury, ATM services and the establishment of three new Dominican municipal districts, are some of the plans United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for the St Joseph Constituency, Monell Williams-Jno Baptiste, says will benefit her constituency as well as the rest of Dominica.
Williams- Jno Baptiste, who was addressing party supporters at a UWP Mega Rally held in St Joseph on Sunday, said she is excited about her vision for the St Joseph constituency.
“We will upgrade the St. Joseph Health Centre to a full-service medical hospital and identify a suitable area for the construction of a Fire and Ambulance station,” she said.
She continued, “The United Workers Party (UWP) will announce the establishment of three new Dominican municipal districts: Grand Bay, Marigot and St. Joseph. The towns will be instituted within the first 18 months of a new UWP government.”
According to Williams-Jno Baptiste, the French Department and English Creole liaison of the government of Dominica will establish offices in the towns of Saint-Pierre (Martinique), Basse Terre (Guadeloupe) and the city of St. Johns (Antigua) as a means of enhancing joint-venture relationships between the new towns.
“Among other initiatives, trade, tourism and air and sea transportation are expected to receive a boost from this new municipal initiative,” she stated.
The construction of a modern police station in St Joseph also forms part of the UWP’s plans.
“We will build a modern police station and more employment opportunities will be created for aspiring police officers,” Williams Jno Baptiste stated. “The positive spillover of the town of St. Joseph on the community: enhanced police presence through the western district police command.”
Constituents will also see an upgrade of the basketball court into the new St. Joseph Sports Complex, “An indoor/ multi-purpose facility with seating bleachers and lighting for evening or day/night events.”
“We will employ the best engineers to ensure that you retain all access to this facility as a community during the day,” Williams-Jno Baptiste assured her constituents.
Furthermore, the UWP also plans, in consultation with the Catholic Church, to acquire permission for the grassing of the St. Joseph playing field to accommodate international cricket and football events with an emphasis on training and net sessions for international cricket.
She said there will be a seaport with customs and immigration facilities and a commercial area for doing business.
“These infrastructural amenities will help to greatly enhance the aesthetic of the community,” she noted. “This seaport, which will be retrofitted to accommodate sea-plane landing, will also serve as a link between the west, south and north of the island as well as a point of international entry and will be situated to your immediate left,” she told the hundreds of supporters gathered on the St. Joseph playing field.
Williams- Jno Baptiste informed her audience that the government-owned land for the development of the market place will finally be used for its intended purpose as the party will create a Market Plaza named after the community’s most renowned farmer CJ Ferreira.
“We will further identify a suitable area for a modern Park. St Joseph will be truly the City it was designed to be,” she revealed.
She said further that the St. Joseph feast, though a religious feast, under a new UWP government will be changed from just a jam ,as she put it, to a true community experience and become a model for other community feasts.
“The idea is to add other aspects to these three days of feast celebration like a market day, a food fair, a local talent show/display and a youth activity,” Williams Jno Baptiste explained. “Our feast will be transformed into a true community event that will help in bridging the generation gap, strengthening our community spirit and togetherness while we reap the economic benefits that this will provide even for the young entrepreneurs who will appreciate the all-day traffic through the community.”
Meanwhile, she revealed that the town of St. Joseph will be twined with the Guadeloupe town of Basse Terre and a life-like monument of Jeff Joseph will be erected at the Jeff Joe square in the centre of the village.