Over a year ago, I read a letter to the editor that Judge Ken Govendo wrote concerning his son's tragic death after his car plunged over the ravine at Sadog Tasi Road. I was compelled to do what I could to help him in his quest to get guard rails put up in that area before anymore lives were lost.
I asked Rep. Justo Quitugua, Chair of the Delegation's Fiscal Ways and Means, to help me identify funds for this project. With his help, we were able to identify $100,000 to build the Jersey rails that everyone sees today. But, boy, it wasn't easy.
One of the things that Judge Govendo complained about in his article was the fact that many people offered to help, but help was not forthcoming. I pledged that I would stick with the project from beginning to end and prod and prod unti the job got done. I thank the wonderful folks at DPW for their infinite patience as my office worked with them to help facilitate the project and to keep Judge Govendo from writing one of his famous unhappy letters. :) More importantly, however, was the need to build the Jersey rails before others lose their lives in that area.
Thank you to all who made it happen! I thank the Administration, Rep. Justo Quitugua, my colleagues in the 15th SNILD Delegation for voting on the funding, to Secretary Joe Demapan and his wonderful DPW staff, all the agencies involved, and last, but not least, to my wonderful staff Daisie Camacho, my chief of staff, and Dennis Cabrera, my administrative assistant, for their excellent work and follow through.
Click here for Judge Govendo's letter.