The landlord for the Department of Revenue and Taxation building in Barrrigada has this week to respond to concerns given from the Guam Fire Department.
There's an immediate need to bring its building up to code. Inspectors with the Guam Fire Department this week placed the Rev and Tax building under a fire watch because the fire protection system isn't working.
"Currently the landlord was given five days to come up with a written proposal or a plan of execution in order for them to become compliant," GFD Fire Chief Daniel Stone said.
The property is owned by the JoeTen Enterprises of Saipan
Chief stone says efforts from the landlord to correct the lack of the fire prevention system has been proactive. They were given until this upcoming week to present their corrective action plan to the fire department's prevention bureau.
"We will hold them to that proposal and monitor the progress in that facility," Stone said.
Employees at DRT have been forced to go on fire watch since last week's inspection, using personnel to patrol the building, keeping an eye out for any problems.
"It's allowed in the fire code and as long as the parties keep that in place everybody should be safe," Stone said. "That is the provision in place in order to keep the business open. Obliviously there is a lot of government business in that building so to close it would be a huge inconvenience to our community and we are trying to work in partnership with Rev and Tax as well as the landlord and all the other agencies involved."
GFD is also waiting to find out just how long the building's fire protection system has been out of order.
"They were not able to provide us with the documentation immediately," Stone said. "I'm not sure that's something they will be able to provide to us at a later date, but it was discovered. So we had to take the appropriate action since we now know of its deficiency. As long as they are providing a reasonable effort towards compliance we will work with them as best we can realizing the impact that could take place if we were forced to close the facility down."
Though it may be business as usual over at DRT, the landlord has been given until Monday to provide its proposal to GFD.