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Formentera green-lights construction of assisted living residence and reforms on Sant Ferran street

foto ple extra setembre 2018When members of the Formentera Council congregated today for an extraordinary plenary session, the motions they opted to support included a contract to build the island's assisted living residence as well as a call for bids ahead of upgrades on a Sant Ferran road.

Future residence
Assembly members voted unanimously to adopt a measure from the senior cabinet to award a works contract for a live-in dependent care centre.

Infrastructure secretary Rafael González, who called the facility “fundamental for Formentera and islanders”, added it was “the crowning piece, along with the funeral home currently under construction, of the island's network of public health facilities”. González boasted the completed project would mean “a decent service with which to care for our elders”, and said it represented “more than just a quality of life improvement” but that “birth, life and death on Formentera” would at long last be possible.

Work on the nearly two-million euro buildout, which spans 1,169.17 square metres, will start this winter and has an estimated 16-month timeline. The project, essentially an expansion of the island's dependent care centre (known as the Centre de Dia), will create 14 additional single and two new double rooms, supporting a total of 18 people. The new structure will house a reception area, visitor services, a dining hall, living room and areas for nursing staff, medical exams and storage.

The Balearic Islands' social welfare ministry will cover 70% of costs while the Formentera Council will put up the remaining 30% in addition to the land on which construction takes place.

Avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch upgrades
With support from Gent per Formentera representatives and abstention from PP, PSOE and Compromís party members, the day's gathering also brought approval for a  motion to put to tender upgrades on Sant Ferran's avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch. The administration is also calling for bids to manage the reforms and oversee the project's progress.

“We'd like these upgrades to act as a coil-spring for the town of Sant Ferran. To make it a pleasant place to live and an easy one to get around on foot”, explained the infrastructure chief. González pointed to another aspiration as well: Revitalising local commerce. He noted the upgrades would “fulfil the same criteria” as last winter's work on carrers Guillem de Montgrí and València. At that time, crews “took out architectural barriers, widened the pavements and implemented metred parking”. The current upgrades, he said, will mark a continuation of the previous project and “put the same benefits within reach of the other townspeople”.

The reforms project on the avinguda (“avenue”) known as Joan Castelló i Guasch covers a range of pavement surface improvements,  the undergrounding of services like sanitation, drinking water, telephone, electricity and street lights. The proposal also covers expansion of pedestrian spaces and would mean eliminating architectural barriers and incorporating a dedicated bike lane along the entire road. Recharge points along the road are envisioned as well.

Engineers of the project, a continuation of the improvements on carrers Guillem de Montgrí and València, are hoping for the same “single surface fix” (i.e. uniform levelling of the pavement and road surface  heights) as the one used for the earlier revamp. The six-month deadline is intended to ensure completion in time for the 2019 tourist season. The €1,858,000 price tag includes execution and management of the works.

In the first half of October, the Council will convene a gathering of Sant Ferran residents in order to detail the proposed changes, similar to the process that preceded upgrades on carrers Guillem de Montgrí and València.

Formentera schools hail return of police liaison officer

Foto policia localThe president's office of the Formentera Council reports that next week will see the reappearance of a law-enforcement figure which had recently been absent from local schools: the liaison officer.

President's office secretary Bartomeu Escandell attributed the service's revival to the efforts of Formentera's local police, describing liaison officers as “crucial for the community and for young people in particular”.

The phase-in will take effect on Monday September 17, and will find the officer placing calls to contacts at schools, associations and offices of the public administration related to the service.

Officer's role
The liaison officer, also known as a policia tutor or policia referent in Catalan, is a member of the local police who collaborates with educational staff and social services agents while retaining the authority of law-enforcement agents. Such officers are specially trained, with instruction in domestic and school conflict resolution and preventing risk behaviour in young people.

Liaison officers work in schools and other public places and are often enlisted to deal with issues related to information technologies. Formentera's liaison officer will oversee surveillance, prevention work involving minors and cooperation with social work professionals. The officer's purview at schools will extend to truancy, classroom conflict or in-school crime, drug and alcohol use, bullying and illicit uses of social media. A second officer will work with schools to oversee road-safety education.

The officer will also work with Formentera Council's social services department and the Guardia Civil as necessary.

Education secretary Susana Labrador hailed the reinstatement of the liaison officer as “a pivotal part of effective prevention and youth engagement”, pointing up “talks, conferences, patrols at the start and end of school days and a host of other important work”.

The figure of the liaison officer has been championed by the Council's safety, education and social services departments and is the result of close collaboration between the institute of public safety (ISPIB), part of the Balearic ministry of public institutions.

Formentera lifeguards cap high-season with second 'torxada'

foto torxada 1The lifeguard service of the Formentera Council wishes to announce that Sunday, September 16 at 6.30pm, staff will meet on Es Pujols beach for the team's second ever torxada. The evening of cameraderie will see the lifeguards putting their swimming, towing and racing skills to the test, along with other good, clean fun. At sundown, they'll take to the water, equipped with flaming torxes (“torches”).

Team chief Marco Antonio Lage says it's about “coming together as a team as we prepare to say our first goodbyes to those leaving already”. The whole island, says Lage, is encouraged “to check out the spectacle, and get to know our service a little better”.

High season for Formentera's beach rescue service extends from June 15 to September 15. During that period, the service employs 23 lifeguards to hold watch over the island's waters and ensure swimmer safety. Beaches are patrolled May 1 to October 31. September 15-30, there are 15 lifeguards to surveil Formentera's coastline; September 30-October 31, a group of 10 remain at the season's close, as at its start.

Artist Rafel Tur Costa bequeaths work to Formentera

foto cessio rafel tur 2Earlier today, the Formentera Council's Sala d'Actes hosted the presentation of a gift from artist Rafel Tur Cost. The event was attended by administration chief Jaume Ferrer and secretary of culture Susana Labrador, who accepted the gift from the artist's son on the administration's behalf. Also on hand was Espai F's Manolo de Oya, the curator of a recent exhibit by the artist.

The mixed media painting, which first saw the light of day in 1988, was included in this year's La ferida oberta, a show staged by Tur in the exhibition space of the old town hall building, the Ajuntament Vell, from June 26 to July 14.

That stint in the gallery, which marked the retrospective's Formentera début, was coordinated by “cultural collective” Espai F, though additional collaboration came from the local and regional administrations, Fundació Baleària and hometown broadcaster Ràdio Illa.

A native son of Santa Eulària, Rafel Tur Costa was the first abstract painter to come out of the Pityusic Islands, the archipelago in the Balearics comprising Eivissa and Formentera. Tur, one of Eivissa's true greats, ultimately transcended the local art scene to display his work in museums and galleries in Spain and around the globe. He is the brother of the widely known ceramicist Antoni Tur “Gabrielet” and attended Eivissa's Escola d'Arts i Oficis Artístics, though he is largely self-taught.

The piece will be displayed in a public space for all of Formentera to enjoy.

Formentera turns sights to winter works projects

foto-futura-residenciaIn a one-off plenary session this Thursday, assembled representatives will sign off on two things: the contract to build the island's assisted living residence and a call for bids ahead of upgrades on a Sant Ferran road

The Formentera Council has convened a one-off plenary assembly this Thursday to discuss the granting of a works contract for a live-in dependent care centre. Islanders have long called for such a residence, the crowning piece in a matrix of essential services Formentera began building 11 years ago with the island's hospital. The future assisted-living centre will make it possible for aged islanders to grow old with dignity here on Formentera.

Upgrades on avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch in Sant Ferran will mark the culmination of neighbour-approved plans to reform the town that began with the overhaul of two roads, or carrers, Guillem de Montgrí and València. The reforms, conceived as a way to soothe traffic on the arterial and give right of way to islanders travelling on foot and bicycle, will mean more space for pedestrians, a new cycling lane and new recharge points/parking spaces for electric vehicles.

Construction of the assisted-living residence
This expansion of the island's dependent care centre, known locally as the Centre de Dia, or “Day Centre”, will entail construction of a residential area for dependent persons. There will be capacity for 14 single and two double rooms, for a total of 18 people. The new structure will house a reception area, visitor services, a dining hall, living room and areas for nursing staff, medical exams and storage. The structure will be made with provisions in place should further expansion be necessary in the future. The 16-month, €2.4-million project, fruit of a deal between the Formentera Council and the social welfare ministry of the Balearic administration, will give rise to a built space totalling over 1,169 square metres.

Avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch upgrades
Work on Sant Ferran's avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch will include improved paved surfaces and undergrounded utilities like sanitation, drinking water, telephone lines, electricity and public street lights.

The proposal also covers expansion of pedestrian spaces and would mean eliminating architectural barriers and incorporating a dedicated bike lane the entire length of the road. Recharge points along the road are envisioned as well.

Engineers of the project, which is a continuation of the improvements on Guillem de Montgrí and València, are hoping for the same “single surface solution” (i.e. the pavement and road surface are of uniform height) as the one used for that revamp.

The six-month deadline is intended to ensure completion in time for the 2019 tourist season.

Total project price tag:
Execution of work: €1,817,683.68
Administration of work: €41,140.00

In the first half of October, the Council will convene a gathering of Sant Ferran residents in order to detail the proposed changes, similar to the process that preceded upgrades on carrers Guillem de Montgrí and València.

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