GovGuam’s junk car removal function must be streamlined | Editorials
The Recycling Revolving Fund, which holds public money registered vehicle owners pay each year to register new or used vehicles, comes to about $ 2.6 million a year, according to an audit of the fund a few years ago.
The mayors of the island have access from this pot up to $ 1.3 million for the Island-wide environmental remediation program in 2021, including scrap car removal.
The mayors recently discussed in a meeting that this ongoing problem has always been a case of catching up. There are too many junk cars for the amount available each year, they said. And every year as more cars get older, more are abandoned.
Some mayors also said there are islanders who make money cannibalizing cars and then disposing of them so the government can transport and clean them up.
People who want to cannibalize junk cars should pay fees, if not fines, according to the mayor’s recent discussion.
Mayors should focus on the well-known junk car hoarders or junk car wholesalers in their neighborhood and make sure they are charged fees rather than allowing them to use the Recycling Revolving Fund money to get rid of their unwanted, cannibalized vehicles pay.
In the way it is set up, mayors have a lot of discretion as to whose junk car problem attracts attention first, before other neighborhoods or streets with the same problem.
One idea that should be explored is that of Robert Hofmann, Mayor of Sinajana. He suggested giving residents a centralized government phone number where they can call directly to remove a junk car. Perhaps a messaging system like Whatsapp should also be allowed to residents to directly report junk cars that pose safety risks.
Junk cars parked next to a busy street or near a school or school bus stop should take precedence over a scrap car parked in a yard.
“Everyone should be able to call a number at an agency and have a vehicle removed and disposed of regularly, as the source of funding is earmarked and paid in,” said Hofmann.
Hofmann, who is also vice president of the mayor’s council, said this should be an on-demand service.
Hofmann is up to something here. Centralize the government’s junk car removal function, open the service to bids to get the best bang for the public eye, and give people the ability to request junk car removal directly instead of waiting and hoping they are in good hands their village mayor.