Mayors will meet to clear up confusion over shifting village borders

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Some village borders have been uncertain for years but the Mayors Council of Guam is looking to clear up the confusion.

While traveling around the island, you may have found yourself in a spot where you’re wondering if you’re in one village or another.

Well, you’re not the only one.

Some village borders have been uncertain for years but the Mayors Council of Guam is looking to clear up the confusion.

Whether it’s the disputed border between Sinajana and Agana Heights or single houses on Wusstig Road being split between Dededo and Yigo, Guam’s shifting village borders have been everything from a nuisance to a political liability.

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But Mayors Council president Melissa Savares told Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo that plans are underway to settle things once and for all.

She said the mayors of adjacent villages have agreed to meet to review their borders.

As part of the process, a series of public hearings will also be held.

Once plans are finalized, they’ll be presented to the Department of Public Works and the Department of Land Management.

Savares said although the original lines were set by Guam law, uncertainty began to arise for various reasons.

Much of the current confusion is the result of villages trying to adapt as land continued to be developed.

Sometimes borders were adjusted for political reasons.

One implication of village borders is how that affects the population size of each village and how that affects things like funding.

Ultimately, Savares said getting village mayors to agree upon boundaries will help them more effectively serve their constituents.

Even if it’s just to let them know where exactly they live.

“This discussion has come up many times before in the past. We share the same resources many times. So for purposes of serving our community, this is something that we would want to address if there are any discretions as far as population. And more so, because more housing developments have been constructed and people have moved in and they still come to us and say, “Am I in Dededo, or am I in Yigo, or even Mangilao?” Savares said.

Because village borders are delineated in the Guam Code Annotated, the Legislature will have to give its final approval and amend the law before any plan by the Mayor’s Council is implemented.

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