Another delay discovered in transfer of trash system back to Gov - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Another delay discovered in transfer of trash system back to GovGuam

Posted: Jun 08, 2018 2:37 PM Updated:

Control over the islandwide trash system is supposed to revert back to the local government at the end of this month. But like previous deadlines, there may be a snag that will again delay the long-awaited handover.  

For a decade now our trash system has been under the management of a federally-appointed receiver, Gershman, Brickner and Bratton. The District Court ordered the takeover because of GovGuam's inability for many years prior, to close and replace the old Ordot Dump, which was polluting a nearby river in violation of federal clean water laws.

GSWA vice-chairman Jon Denight says the receiver has done a good job, but now it's time to move on, saying, "The people of Guam borrowed $200 million and fixed the problem. They opened a new landfill in Layon, and they closed the Ordot Dump. And that was the purpose of the receiver, to take care of the problem."

But the transition back to local control has been delayed at least three times says Denight, and a June 30 deadline is again in jeopardy because of yet another concern raised by the receiver. He continued, "Here we are at the eleventh hour again, the receiverships supposed to end at the end of June, and the receiver is setting up for another extension. I can't say much about that because it's a personnel matter, all I can say is he's attacking certain members of the staff trying to discredit them."

A misconduct allegation was raised prior to the most recent status hearing, and the court has placed the complaint under seal. But Denight says these delays mean the receiver will continue its lucrative contract that has paid it more than $20 million in the last ten years. He says it's been more than four years since the court ordered the receiver to prepare for a transition back to local government control.

"So he said that he's in charge, and he's in charge of the transition. So if there's problems with the transition, the receiver needs to take some sort of responsibility, and he hasn't. so basically he stalls on the transition, and he turns around and blames everybody that the transition is not working," he explained. "When we take over, nothing will change. The system is working, we'll leave it as is. We'll just try to improve on this system. But we first gotta get past the receiver."

Another status hearing is set for later this month.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • No Tsunami Threat from Fiji Earthquake

    No Tsunami Threat from Fiji Earthquake

    For Immediate ReleaseAugust 19, 2018No Tsunami Threat from Fiji EarthquakeThe U.S. Geological Survey recorded an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2, at 10:19 AM (ChST). The earthquake was reported at Latitude 18.17S and Longitude 178.111W withMore >>
    For Immediate ReleaseAugust 19, 2018No Tsunami Threat from Fiji EarthquakeThe U.S. Geological Survey recorded an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2, at 10:19 AM (ChST). The earthquake was reported at Latitude 18.17S and Longitude 178.111W withMore >>
  • Bill allows people to identify as transgender without sex change operation

    Bill allows people to identify as transgender without sex change operation

    Legislation has been introduced that would allow individuals who identify as transgender to change their birth certificates without having to undergo a sex change operation. Supporters say similar laws have now been passed in 19 states and 200 cities acroMore >>
    Legislation has been introduced that would allow individuals who identify as transgender to change their birth certificates without having to undergo a sex change operation. Supporters say similar laws have now been passed in 19 states and 200 cities acroMore >>
  • Gubernatorial teams scheduled for D18 Tonight this week

    Gubernatorial teams scheduled for D18 Tonight this week

    We are in the final home stretch...less than one week away from the primary election. Do you know who you are voting for? This week on D18 Tonight, KUAM will give you one last look at each of the gubernatorial teams on our exclusive digital show - the AftMore >>
    We are in the final home stretch...less than one week away from the primary election. Do you know who you are voting for? This week on D18 Tonight, KUAM will give you one last look at each of the gubernatorial teams on our exclusive digital show - the AftMore >>
Powered by Frankly