by Mindy Aguon
Guam - District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood says the finish line of the government's consent decree is in sight and reiterated that she wants to see the receivership end and the Government of Guam take over solid waste. But she expressed concern that since the government substituted its legal counsel, there have been some delays in the case.
Federal receiver representative David Manning outlined five areas of concern and told the court there was a lack of assistance from the Governor's Office and Attorney Rawlen Mantanona. "The Government of Guam does want to see s turnover to the Guam Solid Waste Authority board as soon as possible and does not want any delay with regard to the consent decree case, but we need to make sure we do it properly, in accordance with the law, and we don't trample on all the other laws in an effort to rush to the finish line with regard to this consent decree case," Mantanona told KUAM News.
The court questioned why the parties have been unable to work together on various issues and Mantonana suggested that the receiver retain its own legal counsel as he believes he would create a conflict by discussing those matters with the receiver. The court said she would put out an order soon.
In the meantime, the GSWA board expressed concerns about the delay in issuing a request for proposal for its own legal counsel as well as other differences with the receiver. Those concerns are expected to be brought up during the next quarterly status hearing set for May 21.