Some mayors have yet to use $ 90,000 for solid waste disposal | Guam News
Most villages have sat on purchase orders meant to get rid of mostly green waste and discarded electronics, even as other villages seek more funds to remove abandoned vehicles just two weeks before the move. expiration of purchase orders.
Mayors have received $ 1.3 million authorization from the recycling revolving fund for fiscal year 2021, which ends in about two weeks. But some mayors still haven’t used their assigned purchase orders.
For fiscal year 2022, the same amount is set for mayors, but Guam Council of Mayors chairman Jesse Alig, mayor of Piti, said it would be difficult to justify a need for funding if mayors do not appear not needing funds anyway or not using them. for the intended purpose.
“If we complain to the governor that we have no money, we complain to the Legislature that we have no money, we have to show that we need the money and that we can use it. ‘money,’ he said.
The Guam Environmental Protection Agency’s process is to ensure that invoices are in order for the previous year, before releasing funds for the new fiscal year.
“So we can talk about all the bad people out there, but in reality they’re waiting for us and it’s really your bill, so if you … have electronic devices (purchase orders) and you’re not using them , give them to someone else or declutter the money and use it for whatever else you need for other recyclables, ”Alig said.
Angel Sablan, executive director of the Council of Mayors, said there was still nearly $ 90,000 in unused purchase orders for electronics and green waste, an amount that can still be decommitted and used instead for l removal of more abandoned vehicles.
“Most villages don’t use it,” Sablan said.
If the mayors do not use the funds by September 30, they would be disengaged and referred to the Guam EPA, Sablan said.
Sablan urged mayors to inform him immediately if mayors would prefer to cancel purchase orders for electronics and green waste, and either use them instead for their other more urgent needs such as used tire removal or abandoned vehicles, or share them with other mayors.
Mangilao mayor Allan Ungacta said his village needed additional funds for abandoned cars, appliances and electronics, while Sinajana mayor Robert Hofmann said there were still around 60 abandoned vehicles to collect in their village. However, since these are residents who do not want to comply with the law, he said, the mayor’s office would need help from Guam’s EPA and the Department of Public Works, he said. -he declares.