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Plot thickens for illegal Dededo operation

by Lannie Walker

Guam - Residents got some relief after a story we aired on an illegal operation in a northern residential neighborhood, but there may be more to the story. 

After residents in one particular neighborhood in Dededo complained a business is being run out of their backyards, the Department of Public Works sent out an inspector and the construction company has since been cited.  DPW building permits and Inspection Section Manager Jesus Ninete says the owner, Ernesto Tapang, received two notices of violation, one for not having a building permit and another for operating a business in a residential zone.

"And I told him there is no way to correct the violation but he keep insisting that his lot is a R2 zone.  Even if it is a R2 zone that kind of business is not permitted in R2 zone," he explained.

Ninete gives the bottom line, saying, "I told him he needs to cease every thing until such time he applies at the Commission."

Ninete says the owner has 30 days to apply to the planning commission of the Department of Land Management for a conditional use permit, but Ninete says even if it was granted by Land Management.  DPW would not issue him the necessary permit he needs to operate.  

KUAM News spoke with a resident in the area who says the industrial traffic does seem have decreased somewhat, but says P&E Construction still seems to be conducting business at the site.

Ninete says he will continue to follow up on the matter and has assigned an inspector to visit the site once a day, explaining, "To see whether he comply with violation cease everything now if he continues the construction, then I will have to refer the matter to the Attorney General's Office."

KUAM News contacted the owner of P&E Construction, who declined to be interviewed.

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