Guam - How to fund the master plan was the focus of this afternoon's Port Authority of Guam board of directors meeting. The U.S. Department of Transportation's denial of a $50 million grant threw a wrench in the Port's plan to fund the project. That denial also resulted in the local agency being ineligible for a $50 million USDA grant.
But Chairman Monte Mesa says that Senator Jim Webb has already begun to work on Guam's behalf in the Senate and a teleconference is scheduled for tomorrow morning to discuss what direction the Port should now take. "That will be between the USDA, JGPO in Washington as well as here, and the DOT Maritime Administration with the port again looking at the alternatives and what the timelines are," said Mesa.
Mesa says officials are still working with USDA to change the requirements that may still allow them to get the $50 million grant that they had previously applied for.
Tomorrow's teleconference is scheduled for 6 in the morning.