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Accessed on 10 January 2019, 2023 UTC, Post 18244.
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New Public Works director confirmed
Despite perennial complaints about the cumbersome process of getting building permits, the head of that county division, David Yamamoto, was elevated Wednesday to director of the Department of Public Works. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Video News.
Bills appropriating federal disaster recovery funds pass first reading
The two bills appropriate approximately $80 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other county sources to address projects alleviating damage from the lower East Rift Zone eruption of Kilauea volcano and Hurricane Lane. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.
Hawaii County is asking for millions in Kilauea Eruption recovery funding
Big Island officials are asking state lawmakers for $155 million to fund repairs and losses due to the Kilauea eruption. That’s on top of more than half a billion dollars in federal funding sought by the county and Big Island residents. Hawaii News Now. KITV.
Sewer rate hike advances
The council Finance Committee unanimously advanced Bill 210 after throwing around possibilities for extending the hike from three-year increments to five years, or exploring other funding sources to help pay for sewer operations. That conversation will take place when the bill is next heard, after Environmental Management Director Bill Kucharski checks back with the Environmental Management Commission. West Hawaii Today.
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