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Brooks wants GovGuam to run Layon Landfill

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She considers it one of the most modern landfills of all the Pacific island countries, and after four years under the receiver, Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks believes now it's time for the Government of Guam to take control of running the Layon Landfill.

Brooks believes it's been long enough, telling KUAM News, "The receiver certainly has done a good job, actually a great job for that matter." She is referring to the four years that the Layon Landfill has been managed by receiver Gershman, Brickner & Bratton. And while she says difficult decisions were made back then by District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, it's time to put the responsibility within the hands of the Guam Solid Waste Authority's board.

"But now that we're here, it's when will GovGuam be given the opportunity to show that it can handle this? Or more importantly, how long will the receiver continue to handle this? The contrast there is isn't four years long enough and that's what I'm just raising that question for the judge to consider as well as the people of Guam," she said.

In an open letter to the people of Guam issued Sunday, Brooks writes the board should be given the opportunity and funding to get its management team in place and be allowed to manage and operate Layon. "The reason behind the letter was because of the judge's decision a few months ago to delay the transition certain board members have been talking to me for the past year about their frustration in dealing with the receiver, like they can't even begin to advertise much less fund their management team to secure a general manager and members of their senior management team," she added.

Brooks says the transition was initially going to be at the end of the year, but was delayed with no date set. The transition she adds should not be done all at once, adding, "I want to see an orderly transition."

Brooks says the transition can and should be under the watchful eye of the court. She adds the next fiscal year should be the time when GovGuam is allowed to prove not only to the judge but the people of Guam that "Guamanians are fully capable of running Layon." The letter meanwhile comes less than a month after the OPA released the findings of an audit of GSWA for Fiscal Year 2014. Brooks says her experience on the audit led her to see some of the "bad blood" that occurred between the receiver and the governor's representatives noting the audit was repeatedly delayed because of disagreements by the receiver.  

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