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Mayor Kenoi pushes incinerator deadline.

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Finalists ask for more time to submit proposals.

Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

 

Finalists for a proposed waste-to-energy incinerator for Hawaii County met with county officials on Thursday to ask for more time to prepare their proposals. According to reporter Nancy Cook Lauer, Mayor Billy Kenoi feels enough time has been given for the submission of proposals, and he wants to get the facility operational before he leaves office in 2016.  Finalists expressed their concern over who will approve the estimated $125 million dollar cost of the project, spaced out over the next 25 years.  The group got an update from county Purchasing Agent Jeffrey Dansdill and Environmental Management Director Bobby Jean Leithead-Todd before they took a tour of the Hilo landfill, the county sort station, and the proposed 7-acre site for the incinerator.  Mayor Billy Kenoi, who didn’t attend the briefing or tour said, "It’s ultimately up to the evaluation committee whether more time is necessary."  Kenoi, who favors a fast track approach to the incinerator issue, added that "They should have the capability to submit a firm proposal given the timeline that is established."  Aloha, Russ.

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