21 Apr 2005

American Samoa administration seeks money to rebuild Government House

10:35 am on 21 April 2005

A request from American Samoa's administration for one point seven million dollars to repair Government House is meeting some opposition from the Senate.

One senator, Alo Dr. Paul Stevenson said it was an awful lot of money to spend on a residence and wondered if some of the funds would be better spent on other purposes.

Since Government House is listed as a historical site, the administration has been trying for to get funding from historical preservation agencies and foundations in the US to repair the building which has been vacant since early 2003.

A report by a structural engineer in April of that year recommended that the building be replaced as it would cost twice as much to repair.

Funding for Government is on the agenda of the special Session of the Fono which opens today.