There have been instances when government of Guam managers and employees have failed to make the grade even when they are at the frontline of enforcing regulations.
Action can be slow when it comes to public calls for enforcement of illegal trash dumping, dealing with stray animals, vandalism or underage youth loitering in neighborhoods looking for trouble past their curfew.
The above issues and others can take a while to address because of a lack of funding or staff shortages, or because other more important priorities are looming over GovGuam – so say some of the responses we've heard based on the public's interactions with certain GovGuam agencies.
When someone in GovGuam does something swift and enforces corrective action, and we hear about it, it's worthy of a shout-out.
Today, The Guam Daily Post is recognizing Executive Director Cecil Orsini of the Guam Contractors License Board, and two of his staffers.
On Monday, Orsini became aware of a company that had been promoting itself as a "general construction contractor." The license board has no record of this company having a contractor's license. The company also did not have a business license at the Department of Revenue and Taxation specifically for general construction work.
In about 24 hours of learning of this unlicensed contractor, Orsini's office took action. The license board cited DR Safety Consultant on Tuesday for advertising as a contractor without a contractor's license. The citation carries a civil penalty of $2,500. The company has since taken down its public website that made such claims.
CLB investigators Janice Shimizu and Vince Aguon went to the company's office along Route 8 in Barrigada and hand-delivered the citation to the company. Under Guam law, no one can "act, or advertise, as a general engineering contractor, a general building contractor or a specialty contractor without a license" issued by the Guam Contractors License Board.
We commend the new leadership at the license board for being proactive. It saves customers time, money and having to deal with possible problems that may arise from dealing with unlicensed contractors.