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Vanterpool to show DeCastro ‘value for money’

Vanterpool

Vanterpool

Minister of Communication and Works Mark Vanterpool said he is prepared to meet with a former election candidate of the opposition party to prove to her that he has achieved ‘value for money’ in relation to the $16 million road repair project being funded by the Social Security Board.

Former election candidate Sharie DeCastro this week took to social media to question whether the territory received value for money.

She did so after Vanterpool told the House of Assembly that only $3.7million of the funds was left up to the end of November 2016.

DeCastro lamented: “Who can see or feel a $12.3M improvement of roads in the Virgin Islands? That is how much the government has spent thus far of the $16M unsecured loan it borrowed from the Social Security Board for road works back in 2015 before the snap election. Where is the value for money? I really wouldn’t like to see what the remaining $3.7M will do!”

In response, Vanterpool noted that he had provided the House of Assembly with a break-down of how the money was spent.

“I am very satisfied that the money expended so far is value for money,” he told BVI News Online last evening.

Major Savings

He went on to state that, had he not being frugal, the loan already would have been completely spent.

“In fact, we saved quite a bit on the project than if we had done it by the way of taking out a major contract [with a private firm] or something like that. The estimates on the project that we got; we were way below those estimates. We are utilizing the [state-owned] Public Works [Department] to oversee the project.”

“We are very satisfied that we have accomplished quite a bit. We did not construct the roads by just laying asphalt as we had done in the past. We have gone and engineered the roads…” Vanterpool further told BVI News Online.

Happy to sit down with her

He, in the meantime, stated that he appreciates the advocacy of the much younger DeCastro, adding that they are both very good friends.

“I am sure I will be able to sit down with Ms Sharie DeCastro. She is a young person who I am sure is willing to learn; I would be happy to sit down with her and go over it (spending) detail by detail to show her how we got value for money. She is a very good friend of mine.”

“I will personally take up the phone and call her at some point, and have her come to my office so she will be able to understand what we’ve done [with the money]. She is free to criticize and free to ask questions,” added Vanterpool.

DeCastro, who also said she gets along very well with Vanterpool, made it clear that her concerns are based on principle.

“I will stand on principle even if I stand alone! I’m not looking for likes. I’m looking for people who love this country enough to publicly stand up, say enough is enough and demand positive change,” DeCastro said.

Sharie DeCastro

Sharie DeCastro

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  1. Oh please says:

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    He can’t show value for money with the Cruise Pier Project.

    • the rock says:

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  2. well well well says:

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    I hope the Premier replaces this Minister.

  3. Hmm says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 24 Thumb down 2

    You dont have to show her anything. What i think you need to do is show the entire country. Besides nothing you provide will show value for money.

    • Off the block! says:

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      no, all he has to do is show the people of the 4th district and we good, entire country my a$$, set of jealous and crab in the barrel monkies!

  4. Waste of TIME says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 12 Thumb down 1

    All this man is is a waste of time. I have come to realise that he [may] says to the public whatever he thinks they need to hear knowing that it isn’t factual but the public cannot verify.

  5. lol says:

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    What about value up MacNamara lol!

  6. Socrates says:

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    Do residents of the VI feel that they got value for the approx $12M expended so far? Does the road work put in place show value for money?

    Can residents feel, touch, experience and see the positive value for money? Based on the low production and poor quality returned on investment with the $12M expenditure should residents get excited about the expenditure of the remaining $4M?

    How are residents rating the quality of the VI roads, i.e., good, fair, poor, extremely poor, delporable…….etc? How do our roads rate relative to the rest of the region? Are we atop the heap or dragging up the rear? Are VI roads 1st World or 3rd World?

    Does the VI have road construction, maintenance and repair standards? Are PWD personnel effectively trained and equipped to perform high quality road construction, maintenance and repair?

    Do private sector contractors have the experience to perform high quality road construction, maintenance and repair? Do VI roads have effective positive drainage? Is poor drainage a major problem with VI roads?

    Is the MCW grandstanding? Is he being condescending about Sharie’s youthful passion and exuberance? Should the MCW meet Shari where she is? Is it not a best management practice to meet customers where they are?

    • Diaspora says:

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      @Socrates, you killing me with all the Socratic ????? The authentic Socrates, Plato and Aristotle are nodding in agreement.

  7. Breezy says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 12 Thumb down 0

    Just give it to the media in black and white so there’s no double talk, smoke & mirrors.

  8. inquiring mind says:

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    Two words come to mine accountability and integrity. Dear Mr minister.

  9. ndp heckler says:

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    becareful before he cross those T’s

  10. ....... says:

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    Nice Shades Mark. What brand are those….?

  11. Bohannon. says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

    Stop the fr**kin doll house and side show game Mark

  12. musa says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

    this is not about you ans she mark she is open up to d whole bvi and she is brave next time she get my vote

  13. WTF says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 10 Thumb down 0

    Mark the people will like to see the break down of the $12.3 million dollars spent on the roads.

    The roads throughout the island are filled with potholes. You really think people stupid. Mark, the money is not in the roads. Go find the people’s money.

  14. The People says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 0

    Sherie deCastro is speaking, but it’s not about Sherie so answer to the people.

    Friend or not, she doesn’t have to come to your office for you to try and bamboozle her. Speak directly to the people Mr Minister

  15. VIP POWER says:

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    He need to show all of us

  16. Carolina says:

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    He’s a waste of time. Word of advise don’t stoop so low sharie for him to smooth talk you. You are not DR. Be real just get rid of them find a way to solve this country’s problem.

    Stay clear from that smooth talker.

  17. Law Abiding Citizen says:

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    Mark. You’re a big disappointment! Value for money? Seriously!? You need to take your thieving a$$ to hotel Balsum Ghut.

    • 4th district dog says:

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      • Haha well sah says:

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        @ 4th district dog.

        We the people realise that you’re on this mans’ nut sack. Just put them in your mouth since you’re a real DR and STFU.

        This minister has NOT done anything of value with our money.

  18. Aj says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

    U remember a short while ago with the cruise dock when they were getting the last loan at the interview he said yes we need $2.5 million for bullods which is what the cruise ship ties the ropes to now there is not 20 of them on the dock and if there were at the price of $100,000.00 each where is the rest of the money mr minister $2.5 million for bullods but u know mr minister cost u less will give us justice cause your sh.t going to stay on your shelves and the money…will evaporate and I hope u don’t have to jump over board to be rescued be cause the Sharks picking saving them

  19. Cookie Jar says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

    Show me the money! Why not show us pictures of where you spent our $12M? Some people behave as though this country is their cookie jar.

  20. Road Runner says:

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    Wow – not one positive comment posted. I would have thought that a family member or a wealthy road contractor would have stood by the Minister.

    Perhaps some of the money went on the 2′ deep tarmac, required to meet the 2′ 6″ curbs in Sea Cows…..

    • Off the block! says:

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    • Real talk says:

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      People can’t even pull of the road because of the block height drop off at the edge. Sorry for those with cars that’s why I went and got me a truck

  21. Old says:

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    Mark let the Chinese them fix the road you don’t no a thing about road you need to fix the other side of the road. We pay tax for that

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