Partnership between church & DPW to fix two secondary roads
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints appears interested in a partnership with Department of Public Works to permanently pave two major secondary roads which are used by church members to access their facilities.
This is according to a Mar. 3 letter from Rep. Larry Sanitoa to Public Works director Faleosina Voigt, requesting a meeting. The letter was a follow-up to Sanitoa’s Feb. 26th email message, also requesting a meeting.
In the letter, Sanitoa explained that it was two weeks ago that he met with Church of Jesus Christ local official Ropeti Lesa, to discuss the possibilities of having the church partner with DPW “to permanently pave” two major secondary roads which the church members use as access roads to the stake center and the chapel.
He said one of the roads, up at Mapusaga Fou, was “professionally surveyed” by an engineering firm contracted by the church, which paid for the survey work. The second road is at Faleniu which, aside being an access to the church chapel, is also used by over a hundred families that live around the area.
“Given the relentless run-off water from the heavy rainstorm last week, the entrance road to the Mapusaga Fou Stake Center was severely damaged and it was very difficult for residents and church members to utilize the entrance from the main road towards the Stake Center,” Sanitoa explained.
Last Saturday, church members and residents took it amongst themselves to repair and improve the entrance to the road, he said.
In the letter, Sanitoa again requested a meeting with Voigt and her engineering team “to review and discuss the options and opportunities to permanently fix these two access roads, with the financial assistance from the Church of Jesus Christ.”