Guam- The Mayors Council of Guam and the Department of Public Works (DPW) have come to an agreement on the issue of closing routed roads on Guam.
A recently implemented law allows the mayors to close routed and non routed roads, which DPW argues will lead to the loss of millions of dollars in federal funds. Sinajana Vice Mayor Robert Hofmann says after communicating with DPW Director Joanne Brown, the mayors have agreed to support changing the law to only include non routed roads.
Hofmann says none of the mayors want $20 to $100 million in federal funds lost. However, they wanted to make the point that occasional closures are required for fiestas, 5ks and funerals.
“None of the mayors want to lose any money” said Hofmann. “What we want is recognition of our authority over what we do in events and festivals. So with that being said, there’s kind of a gentleman’s agreement and the administration is committed to working with us. And one thing we found, DPW is aware of the events that happened; the fiestas, the 5ks and their ultimate concern is safety, just like ours. So we’re going to work together on addressing those issues.”
Hofmann tells PNC calls have already been made to several lawmakers to begin the process of amending the current law.