Rebooted Mayors’ Council thirsty for water repairs

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The Mayors’ Council’s new executive leadership is as follows, L-R: Barrigada Vice Mayor Jesse Bautista, Sergeant at Arms; Sinajana Mayor Robert Hofmann, Vice President; Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares, President; Inarajan Mayor Doris Lujan, Secretary; and Piti Mayor Jesse Alig, Treasurer.

Guam – On the second day of the year, red flags were already up on the tap Monday morning. This, as the Mayors’ Council’s freshly sworn executive officers fished for answers on water distribution problems across the island. It’s a cut and dry issue that’s still got these mayors and their vices thirsting for a fix.

“I solemnly swear, in the presence of Almighty God, that I will…faithfully support the Constitution of the United States, the laws of the United States applicable to Guam, and the laws of Guam.”

With the swearing in of the council’s executive officers in front of God and everyone, Mayors got right down to business.

High on the agenda? How to manage the island’s perennial water outages. Chalan Pago-Ordot Mayor Jessy Gogue hankered for an update on Guam Waterworks Authority’s Water Resources Master Plan.

“I’d like to know what’s happening in  FY2019,” Gogue said, pointing out that a fellow mayor’s village had just experienced a water outage of its own.

Dededo Mayor and newly elected Mayors’ Council President Melissa Savares is hoping that the incoming Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration and their appointees at Guam Waterworks Authority can provide guidance, assistance, and an update on the hardening of water supply lines. But in the meantime, Savares is encouraging patience.

We’ll know more if you can have some of the new leadership come in and also do their projections on that same day before the GWA [update]…OK?” Savares said.

Responding to her colleagues’ pressing concerns, Savares said the issue’s out of the council’s hands for the moment.

Inauguration day isn’t till Monday, January 7, which marks the Governor-Elect Lou Leon Guerrero, Lt. Governor-Elect Josh Tenorio, and newly elected and reelected senators’ first official day on the job. However, the new administration’s inaugural ceremony doesn’t begin till 4:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

“Leadership still has it—the new leadership, OK?”

Another council member still pressed for answers. “A new report?” they asked.

“We’re waiting,” Savares said.

Waiting. It may be a new year, but these mayors and vice mayors know as well as their residents that from municipal water line repairs to road maintenance, and from neighborhood safety to keeping little league baseball diamonds in game shape, the work never stops among Guam’s nineteen mayors’ offices. They also know that banding together for solutions, funding and assistance is the most effective means of getting the job done.

As PNC previously reported, rounding out the Mayors’ Council’s executive leadership is Sinajana Mayor Robert Hofmann, Vice President; Inarajan Mayor Doris Lujan, Secretary; Piti Mayor Jesse Alig, Treasurer; and Barrigada Vice Mayor Jesse Bautista, Sergeant at Arms.