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2016-01-15 Speeches, meetings / Agenda / Debates
Greetings to the population: 2016, a year of concretization!

Community President Aline Hanson and her four vice-presidents, Ramona Connor and Rosette Gumbs-Lake, and Guillaume Arnell and Wendel Cocks, received the active leadership of the community on Friday, 15, January 2016, for the traditional Ceremony of the wishes of the executive to the whole population of Saint-Martin. The ceremony was broadcast by local TV and radio stations, so that people could watch the event live.

The 2016 Vows ceremony, which was organized in the City Hall deliberations room, began with the speeches of the five members of the Executive, who presented their guests with a summary of the actions initiated in 2015 and the perspectives Of 2016, within the various centers of competence of the community.

The objective of this unavoidable exercise is to inform the population about the strong political commitments of the majority and the actions undertaken in favor of the territory. In their respective domains, the councilors have listed the main achievements made by the clusters in the key sectors, namely the care of the pupils in Saint-Martin and the action of the neighborhood councils to Mrs. Rosette Gumbs-Lake, economic development for Mr. Wendel Cocks, everything related to social and family support for Mrs. Ramona Connor, sustainable development of the territory for Mr. Guillaume Arnell and the care of youth and Training activities for Mrs. Aline Hanson (see speeches below).

With the speeches delivered, the executive then invited the public to the traditional New Year's cocktail in the Community Gardens, where everyone was able to share the glass of friendship and meet with the local councilors.

As the President and his four Vice-Presidents are reminded, the 2016 year - the last straight line before the 2017 territorial elections - will be a year of concrete projects, like the new school city Robert Weinum, which has just opened its doors on 04 last January, on the impetus of the mandature, and Carbets d'Orient Bay, a project for which the community has invested 3.8 M € in favor of revitalizing the public parcel aw34 Located on the beach. As part of the accompaniment of the youth, the community has begun the renovation of all the sports platforms existing in the working-class neighborhoods, as well as the upgrading to the standards of the Omnisports room of Galisbay, which will be delivered 2016 and can again To host associations and school sports activities.

As part of the COM / ARS Health Plan, it is planned to launch contracts for the installation of Athletic pathways for all public health, from the first quarter 2016. The creation of a medico-social center is also planned, two projects carried out by the Solidarity & Families cluster. Followed by the economic development pole, the revitalization of downtown Marigot has progressed well, with the forthcoming implementation of the first action cards; As well as the major project for the development of Marigot Bay will soon see the launch of the international call for tenders to select the future developers.

The Majority is committed to the realization of all projects are now in the operational phase with one goal: to produce concrete results, to revive the economy and employment for our youth.

After outlining the main issues at the end of the mandate, the Chairperson and her Vice-Chairpersons welcomed the investment of community agents "who are contributing to the growth of the administration", the President insisted, before Wish once again an excellent 2016 year to the partners of the community, to the socio-professionals and to the whole population of Saint-Martin.

2016-01-07 Cooperation
EU to invest 10 million for cross-border cooperation Saint Martin / Sint Maarten

In a statement, the European Commission reported 15 December 2015, to have adopted the new cross-border cooperation program covering the whole island of St. Martin in the Caribbean. "The total budget of the program for the period 2014-2020 reaches 12 million, including 10 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)," the commission said.

Corina Creţu, Commissioner for Regional Policy, commented: The island of Saint-Martin is an exceptional territory, as much by its multicultural character as by its natural richness and its splendid landscapes. This program will foster greater cooperation between communities on the island, which will work together to preserve and promote its natural heritage."

As stated in the European Commission communiqué, the program has two priority axes:

Protect the environment and improve water and sanitation infrastructure, including the construction of a transboundary wastewater treatment plant. The program also plans to protect the biodiversity and ecosystems of the Simpson Bay lagoon.

Prevent flooding, particularly in the Belle-Plaine border area, through better management and regulation of stormwater.

Among the expected results of these investments:

Construction of a sewage treatment plant in Cole Bay that will benefit about 15.000 inhabitants.

The revitalization of more than 800 hectares of the lagoon of Simpson Bay.

A reduction of 50% of the population at risk of flooding.

This program should also mobilize the European Development Fund (EDF) for the construction of the cross-border processing plant to be located on the Dutch side of the island.


The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by reducing imbalances between its regions. Coordination between the INTERREG program and the development programs financed by the EDF in the area will be sought in order to set up cooperation projects financed jointly by the EDF and the ERDF.

2016-01-05 Town planning
Census of Population, 21 January to 27 February 2016

Every year, the Saint Martin Community carries out the population census in partnership with the INSEE. Enumerators trained and officially mandated by the Community will present themselves to individuals, between 21 January and 27 February 2016, in order to carry out the annual census.

The census is a strong act on a territory, because it allows to know precisely the number of inhabitants and their characteristics, and on the other hand to define the participation of the state in the financing of the public policies of the community.

Enumerators will come to your home between 21 January and 27 February 2016, with an official card. They will provide you with all the necessary information and will provide you with the necessary support to complete the questionnaires concerning your accommodation and the people who occupy it. The community will also identify homeless people and people living in mobile homes. Be aware that your answers will be kept confidential; They will be handed over to the INSEE to establish strictly anonymous statistics, in accordance with the laws that protect your privacy.

This census operation is important for our territory because it will determine the number of people who live in Saint Martin, whatever their origin and their nationality. This figure of the population will be used in particular to determine the amount of certain budgetary allocations paid by the State to the Collectivity.

The census also provides statistical information on the age pyramid, family composition and housing stock. All this information is useful to your elected representatives to define public policies adapted to the territory (infrastructures, measures for the benefit of youth, the elderly, etc.).

For all these reasons, your participation in the census is essential, it is also made mandatory by law.

For further information, please consult the website, or get in touch with the Community Census Department, located at Fort Louis Road, in Marigot.

I thank you in advance for the good reception you will give to your enumerator.

President Aline Hanson

2015-12-24 Culture, Youth & Sports

The Community will inform the parents as part of the preparation of the 2016-2017 school year, students will be enrolled as follows.
Registration in kindergartens: All Sectors combined.
From 04 January to 22 January 2016

- Children born in 2013 (PS) and 2014 (TPS)
- Children born in 2012 and 2011 (MSet GS - not enrolled)

Preparatory Course (CP) Registration: All Sectors combined.
Parents of children enrolled in GS will withdraw at school from 01 February 2016, the fact sheet which, duly completed, will be deposited to the 1er degree and school board management between 25 January and 19 Février 2016.

From 06 June to 15 June 2016 : Classes nursery
- Transfer request: (bringing together siblings or domicile)

From 20 June 2016 : Classes (CE1 to CM2)

- Application for enrollment: (newcomers or enrolled elsewhere)
- Transfer request: (bringing together siblings or domicile)

Transfer requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be granted within the limit of available seats. The files will be analyzed in detail.

List of items to be provided per child for registration or transfer
The application can only be accepted if the application is complete.

- Photocopy of the family booklet or birth certificate (child)
- Photocopy of the vaccination record (pages 90 to 93)
- Photocopy of proof of residence less than 3 months (EDF, Waters)
- Notice of imposition or non-taxation 2014
- Photocopy of the parents' identity document,
- Photocopy of the judgment for the exercise of parental authority (in case of separation, divorce, ...). And the identity document of the ascendants or the persons legally responsible.
- Medical certificate of aptitude for life in school (children born in 2013 and 2014).
- Certificate of education or cancellation (in case of change of public or private school)

Registration certificates must be withdrawn from:
8 June 2016 for kindergartens and 27 June 2016 for elementary

Public Reception Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 8h30 to 15h00 and Wednesday and Friday from 8h30 to 14h00

2015-11-18 Town planning
Restoration: obligation to have a grease tray in the kitchen

You are professional of the food trades and catering, consequently, you reject waters loaded with fat. The problem is that these greases can damage the pipes and generate a malfunction of the purification plants.

According to the law, greasy waste must not be abandoned or released into the natural environment or even into household waste. They must not be burned in the open air. Food and beverage establishments must therefore have a grease trap and take charge of the elimination of this greasy waste (article R541-2 of the Environmental Code).

The Community therefore asks all the restorers who are not already equipped to install a grease trap in their establishment. The grease residues of the tanks must then be emptied regularly, collected and processed by a specialized company.

The Collectivity asks you to get closer to the two authorized collectors and waste processing center (Verde SXM) that are at your disposal for these mandatory operations.

The Chair of the Territorial Council Aline Hanson.

2015-11-10 Economy
Occupation of the public domain - Decisions of the Community

On Wednesday, 29, October 2015, President Aline Hanson received the prefect Anne Laubies in the community in order to work with the services of the prefecture and the services of the community on the respect of the law on the occupation of the land and maritime public domain Of the community of Saint-Martin.

While the situation of the beaches of Saint-Martin as a whole was raised during this working meeting, the Bay of Grand Case has mainly been the subject of an inventory of the untimely use of the public domain by private. The aim is to identify abuses and to bring strict enforcement of the law on the occupation of the public domain in this sector.

Several points were raised: the issuance of Temporary Occupancy Authorization (AOT) on this beach, the practice of nautical activities in the air corridor, the discharge of sewage and cooking oils into the sea, occupancy Of the public domain by many deckchairs and umbrellas, the installation of terraces on the beach without prior authorization, noise nuisance and licensing in drinking places. The issue of stray animals on beaches and the ignition of barbecues in inappropriate places was also discussed between community and state services.
The follow-up committee which met on Friday 06 November 2015 in community, allowed to define the strategic axes of actions to be implemented.

It was thus decided:

Meeting in session on Tuesday 03 November 2015, the Planning and Town Planning Commission decided to prohibit the occupation of the beach of Grand Case by deckchairs and umbrellas. The opinion of the committee will be proposed for validation to the executive board on 17 next November. Restorers of the area will be notified by mail of this decision.

An order prohibiting motorized water sports on the beach was signed by the president. Watersports operators will be notified by mail of the regulations in force. Note that the nautical activity is already prohibited in the air corridor of the airport of Grand case.

Additional signs will be installed by the community on the shores of the coast and controls will be operated by the territorial police to enforce the prohibition of animal wandering and nudism on the beaches of the Community.

The restorers will be notified by mail of the obligation to install grease traps and to evacuate the cooking greases through a non-polluting circuit. Controls will be carried out by the territorial police so that this directive is respected.

The Territorial Police will carry out regular checks in the bars of Grand Case, in order to combat noise pollution. Checks will also be conducted by the police regarding the possession of a license for the alcohol debit.

Anxious to enforce the regulations concerning the occupation of the public domain, the Collectivité de Saint-Martin decided to take action through concrete measures. President Aline Hanson asks everyone to respect the regulations in force; The respect of the residents and the tranquility of the Grand Case district.

2015-10-07 Culture, Youth & Sports
Graduate Scholarships

In my capacity as President of the Community of Saint-Martin, I congratulate the students who helped their parents have completed their application for Superior scholarships and handed over the documents to the Colleges' Awards Service on time.

I know that at the beginning of the school year, some of our young people bravely embarked on a training process that will allow them - in the long term - to encourage their integration into the world of work; And I always support and support these decisions.

The Territorial Council has chosen to grant scholarships of varying amounts, depending on the resources of the households and the type of studies initiated; But also to respond to exceptional demands. Co-financed at 85% by the European Social Fund and cumulative with State aid, the award of this grant meets European criteria, including the timely submission of all documents Documentary evidence.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, the balance will be paid to all students who have provided the necessary parts. Nevertheless, 16% of the applicants have not yet completed their file. However, I would like to congratulate the students and the parents who have taken the necessary steps to file their completed files on time.

The final installments will be mandated this week to all students whose records are in good standing. The latter will receive the balance of the scholarship (40%) which has been granted to them, and I am pleased that this sum can help them in their student journey. I know that the departments have fallen behind a number of cases and are ordered to settle all the pending files.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, let's remember that the deadline for filing files is the 15 October 2015. It should also be remembered that only 10% of files are complete to date; They will be treated as a matter of priority; The 90% still did not complete their file were relaunched by e-mail. I invite the students to make diligence to complete their file so that a favorable opinion is issued by the executive board, because this file falls under a strict European regulation.

I wish a good academic year to all Saint-Martin students and I maintain my commitment to Youth which remains at the center of our public policies.

Aline Hanson,

President of the Territorial Council of Saint-Martin.

2015-09-28 Job Offers
Become a family assistant in Saint Martin

The Community of St. Martin needs family assistants to accommodate young minors in difficulty. In order to obtain the authorization to practice the profession of family assistant, it is necessary to fulfill certain conditions and to send a formal request to the President of the Territorial Council, which issues the accreditation. If you fulfill the conditions, the license is granted to you for a period of 5 years renewable.

What are the conditions for applying?
- Introduce the guarantees necessary to accommodate minors under conditions conducive to their physical, intellectual and emotional development.
- Take a medical examination to check that your state of health allows you to accommodate minors.
- Have a dwelling whose condition, dimensions, conditions of access and the environment make it possible to ensure the well-being and safety of minors given the number of young people for which approval is sought.

To constitute the application for approval which must be composed of:
- From the application form,
- An extract from the criminal record no. 3 of each major person living in the candidate's home.
- A medical certificate ensuring that the candidate's state of health allows him to accommodate minors.

To whom should the application be addressed?

The application for approval must be sent to the President of the Territorial Council by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt or to be deposited with the MSF Accreditation Service in Sandy-ground, 97150 Saint-Martin, who will give you a receipt File is incomplete, the service will ask you for the additional parts within 15 days).

Who is processing the application?

The application is processed by the Maternal and Child Protection Service (PMI).
The processing of the application for approval shall include:
- Examination of the application file.
- One or more interviews with the candidate.
- Verification that the candidate has not been the subject of criminal convictions incompatible with the exercise of this profession.

Interviews with the candidate and visits to his / her home are aimed at verifying:
- Availability, ability to organize and adapt.
- Fluency in oral and oral communication skills.
- Its ability to observe and take into account the particular needs of each minor.
- his / her knowledge of the role and responsibilities of the family assistant.that accommodation provides the conditions of comfort, hygiene and security to accommodate minors, and guarantee their health, well-being and safety. -
That it has means of communication to deal with emergencies.

Deadline and response by the administration

The decision to grant an authorization for a family assistant (issued by the President of the Territorial Council after notification by the maternal and child welfare service) shall be notified within 4 months from Receipt of the complete application file.
In the absence of a reply within this period of 4 months, approval shall be deemed to have been acquired; However, this period of 4 months may be extended by 2 months by reasoned decision of the president of the territorial council. In such a case, a decree shall be issued without delay on the application of the candidate by the territorial council. The decision or the decree specifies the number of minors and young adults that the family assistant is authorized to receive simultaneously. This number is limited to 3 (minors and adults under 21 years combined).
A waiver may authorize the reception of more than 3 youth simultaneously, if the hosting conditions permit and to meet specific needs; The approval is granted for a period of 5 years. Reasons shall be given.

Amendment, Suspension or Withdrawal of Approval.

If the conditions for authorization cease to be fulfilled, the Territorial Council may, after obtaining the opinion of a joint consultative committee on territorial affairs, modify the content of the authorization or withdraw it.
In case of emergency, it may suspend approval.
During the suspension period, no young person can be entrusted.
Any decision to withdraw or suspend the authorization or to amend its content shall state the reasons on which it is based and forward it without delay to the person concerned.
To note: When the family assistant changes his residence, his authorization remains valid subject to a prior declaration addressed to the president of the general council of the department of his new residence.

How to renew your accreditation?

In the year preceding the expiry of the accreditation, and no later than 4 months before that date, the President of the Territorial Council shall ask the family assistant whether he or she wishes to renew the accreditation.
If the family assistant wishes to renew his accreditation, he must apply at least 3 months before the expiry date of his current accreditation. The renewal of the approval is subject to the same conditions as the 1ère application.

2015-09-28 Solidarity and Family
Blue Week, from 12 to 18 October 2015

Blue Week, from 12 to 18 October 2015

As part of 2015 National Retirees and Seniors Week, the Saint Martin Community is organizing, in collaboration with EHPAD Bethany Home, Blue Week, from 12 to 18 October 2015. The theme this year is "Health is in the air, Health is in the air".

Like every year, events and leisure activities will be organized to entertain the elderly of the territory. Sunday mass, barbecue on the beach, visit to the market, zumba classes, recreational day and group lunch, several fun activities will be offered throughout the week.

In parallel to these activities, the Solidarity & Families cluster will offer three information nights on the rights of the elderly; The first of these meetings will take place during the blue week, on Wednesday 14 October 2015, in Marigot-St James (council of district n ° 5). The two other information nights will be organized on 28 October and 18 November 2015, in Grand Case and Quartier d'Orléans.

During these public meetings, the services of the Collectivity will communicate on the existing social aids for retired people, but also people with disabilities, and will answer the questions of the citizens. The public is invited to come.

The three information meetings will take place:

Wednesday 14 October 2015 from 18h to 19h30: District Council N ° 5 in St-James
Wednesday 28 October 2015 from 18h to 19h30: Council of quarter N ° 1 in Quartier d'Orléans
Wednesday 18 November 2015 from 18h to 19h30: District Council N ° 2 in Grand Case

2015-09-18 Town planning
Parking in blue zone: The community launches ground marking work

The technical services of the Community of Saint-Martin will begin on Thursday 24 September 2015, the work of marking on the ground and installation of information panels, aiming to delimit the blue zone of parking, in downtown Marigot. This first step will require a month and a half of work. Commissioning of the blue zone is planned for mid-November, just before the start of the new tourist season.

The creation of a blue parking zone is the first measure initiated by President Hanson and his team in the context of the revitalization of downtown Marigot. It was acted by deliberation of the executive board, the 05 May 2015. This new territorial regulation will come into force in mid-November, and will concern about 450 parking spaces.
The new blue zone will aim to regular parking in downtown Marigot, initiating a continuous rotation of vehicle parking. A measure that aims to boost parking in the heart of Marigot and thus allow tourists to park more easily.
Public parking places for the following lanes will be affected by the blue zone:

- the squares of the Boulevard de France of the 1 number up to the rue des pêcheurs,
- all the squares of the Rue de la République,
- all the squares of the Rue de la Liberté,
- all the squares in the rue du Général de Gaulle,
- all the places on Saint-James Street,
- all the squares of the street of President Kennedy,
- all the places of the street Victor Maurasse,
- all the squares of the street of the town hall.

In the zones indicated, any driver leaving his vehicle parked shall be required to use a parking time control disc. This record shall be affixed prominently to the front of the parked vehicle without the personnel assigned to the surveillance of the public road having to engage on the road to read it. He must show the time of arrival at the same time as the parking time limit. The disc must be removed as soon as the vehicle is recirculated. The maximum parking time in the blue zone is set to 1 30 time, from 8h00 to 18h00 every day except Sunday and public holidays.

The means of control "disk" will be made available to the administrators on the basis of one record per household free of charge. Any additional disk will be invoiced 1 € with the services of the Collectivity. The discs were ordered and are expected to arrive in early November.

The blue zone will be indicated by signs at the entrance of zone and streets. A shuttle service serving the city center from Galisbay car parks and the Tourist Office will be set up by the Collectivité, simultaneously with the activation of the blue zone.

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