Guthertz: “Time to Hold Some Feet to the Fire” on JFK Construction

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Guam – Senator Judi Guthertz wants the Guam Attorney General to review the contract GovGuam signed with the International Bridge Corporation [IBC] to build the now open, but still un-finished JFK High School.

In her letter to the AG, the Senator asks: “Do we have any recourse in effectively stopping or reducing payment on the debt service given the performance and responsiveness—or rather a lack thereof—that we’ve experienced from the parties awarded the contract.”

Although the contractor was invited, IBC failed to appear at a round-table meeting on JFK construction problems called last week which was called by Speaker Judi Won Pat.

At that round-table representatives from DOE and DPW highlighted  issues ranging from  “a sloppy paint jobs and plumbing to an absence of coordination between the contractor and the school administration.”

The Senator writes: “We need to impress upon [IBC which] was invited but sent no representative to the recent meeting of the Legislature, that he/she should act expeditiously to address the concerns of stakeholders and act in a forthright and proper manner.”

And she concludes “ it is time to hold some feet to the fire. A full scale review by your office will help to ensure the people of Guam get what they paid for.”


READ Senator Guthertz release in FULL below:


SENATOR GUTHERTZ TO ATTORNEY GENERAL ON JFK HIGH CONTRACTOR PERFORMANCE: “IT’S TIME TO HOLD SOME FEET TO THEFIRE.”

Senator Judi Guthertz has asked Guam Attorney General Leonardo M. Rapadas for a complete review of the contract for the new but still under construction John F. Kennedy High School in Tamuning, saying that, “the contractor has apparently failed to meet numerous expectations of the Government of Guam and the JFK Community.”

Senator Guthertz cited “the litany of concerns” expressed by the Department of Education, the Department of Works and confirmed by JFK officials during a roundtable meeting at the Legislature earlier this week, first and foremost, the fact that contractor International Bridge Corporation has failed to complete the entire project as the school year is coming to an end.

The problems noted since the JFK school year began range from sloppy paint jobs and plumbing to an absence of coordination between the contractor and the school administration.

“We need to impress upon [IBC which] was invited but sent no representative to the recent meeting of the Legislature, that he/she should act expeditiously to address the concerns of stakeholders and act in a forthright and proper manner,” Senator Guthertz wrote, suggesting that action by the AGO might resolve some of the problems.

Among items of possible interest to the government lawyers, Guthertz said, isthat the AGO apparently did not sign off on the JFK contract, raising questionsabout its validity.

“Do we have any recourse in effectively stopping or reducing payment on the debt service given the performance and responsiveness—or rather a lack thereof—that we’ve experienced from the parties awarded the contract?,”Guthertz inquired of General Rapadas.

“In light of the latest revelations of the conditions at our newest education facility, it is time to hold some feet to the fire. A full scale review by your office will help to ensure the people of Guam get what they paid for and nothing less,”Senator Guthertz concluded.