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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 2006
The City has turned over to the state a piece of heavy equipment that played a vital role in clearing Salvinia molesta from
The pontoon-mounted, 31-ton Caterpillar backhoe was originally acquired by the City in 2001 for $496,121 for use in a joint federal project.
In 2003, the state asked the City to help rid
“We actually do very little work on the water, so the equipment has been mostly idle,” said Laverne Higa, director of the City Department of Facility Maintenance.
City officials considered converting the excavator for land operation by removing the pontoons, but costs of the conversion were prohibitive. Meanwhile, the state asked for the excavator, saying it had some ideas for putting it to use.
The City transferred the excavator to the state last month. Physically moving the excavator from the City’s Halawa Corporation Yard to a state location in
Governor Linda Lingle wrote a thank-you letter, saying, “Because this equipment is specifically for vegetation control in wetland areas, it will be put to good use by state and federal agencies tasked with wildlife habitat enhancement work. Allowing the State to own the excavator will streamline the process of sharing it between cooperating agencies and will have a positive impact on the management of endangered water bird species, flood control and law enforcement.”
The mayor in his 2006 state-of-the-City address indicated a willingness to provide the excavator and help the state maintain Kawai Nui’s
City Managing Director
Discussion of Kawai Nui is on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting (July 14) of the Board of Land and Natural Resources.
Laverne Higa, Director of Facility Maintenance, 692-5054
Mark Matsunaga, 537-5767
|Friday, July 14, 2006|