DPR terminates public swimming pool maintenance contract

The Agana Pool was closed so that the Guam Environmental Protection Agency can perform water quality tests.

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has terminated the private contractor paid to maintain pool operations at the Agana and Dededo Pools.

The letter formalizing the termination was delivered Tuesday to contractor Canton Construction Corp. and comes after a series of unscheduled pool closures at both pool locations, which continues to frustrate the community.

“The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing while expecting a different result,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.

In partnership with Senator Kelly Marsh Taitano, oversight chair of Parks and Recreation, the administration is presently assessing new strategies to manage and maintain both pool operations.

Given the regularity with which the pool closures have occurred, administration officials are conducting a detailed review of the infrastructure of both pools to determine each location’s operational integrity.

The contractor has been notified that DPR will seek financial remedies pursuant to its contractual agreement concerning the status of both pools.

“I also want to thank DPR’s oversight chair for working with me on this issue. Our immediate task is to return both pools to normal operations as quickly as possible,” the governor said.

“The Governor and I share the same goal of turning this situation around and getting long term solutions in place for our manhoben, manamko’, Olympic hopefuls, and other users of the pools,” said Senator Marsh Taitano. (Adelup news release)