by Mindy Aguon
Guam - According to Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff Shawn Gumataotao, officials are still trying to iron out specific details of the USDA loan grant that include ensuring that the Government of Guam would be in compliance with the Buy America Act and Davis-Bacon Act requirements. The USDA had anticipated awarding the $104 million loan/grant for the Layon landfill construction by last month.
The federal agency sent inspectors to the landfill to ensure the project complied with federal requirements.
Gumataotao says as the government waits for the final approval, Governor Felix Camacho is contemplating what the next course of action will be, as GovGuam already obtained bond proceeds to pay for the landfill construction. "The question would be is the governor going to take one or the other. He has one in play already the other one is still pending could the USDA loan be used for other uses in the Government of Guam we'll have to wait and see," said Gumataotao.
The government will have to make a request to District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood to switch out the bond proceeds with the USDA loan/grant to free up the bond money for other purposes.