'It's not the government's responsibility to clean their private property'
Village mayors are swamped with calls from constituents to clean up their private property following the government's response to stop the spread of dengue fever.
While they're not down with dengue, they're feeling the fallout.
"The side effect of that is that other residents in other village are saying if the government can do it for them they can do it for us," Mayors' Council of Guam Executive Director Angel Sablan said.
According to village mayors, since the government launched its aggressive campaign to stop the local spread of dengue fever from areas like the cleanup of Swamp Road in Dededo, they've been swamped with house calls.
"Right now many residents in other villages are saying if you can do it to swamp road you can do it to our road," Sablan said.
Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares said GovGuam was called to assist in cleanup efforts of Swamp Road because it's CHamoru Land Trust property, but lessees weren't farming fruits and vegetables.
"They were farming cars and tires," the mayor said. "So we needed them between Guam EPA and CLTC hold the feet to the fire."
Ordot-Chalan Pago Mayor Jessy Gogue was first to start mitigation efforts, after a student from one his village schools was identified as the first local confirmed case.
"But during the dengue thing we didn't remove abandoned vehicles, we concentrated on the two schools and whatever we could haul out of there especially the tires," he said.
Mayors today want to make sure the message is clear.
"The bottom line is everyone is saying joe public says they feel because this was done in Swamp Road because of dengue that it's the government's responsibility we need to end that mentality," Savares said. "It's not the government s responsibility to clean their private property."
The Mayors Council of Guam plans on working with oversight chair Sen. Pedo Terlaje to introduce legislation to address the issue.