(BIVN) – A handful of important measures relating to recovery from the 2018 eruption of Kīlauea Volcano are on the Hawaiʻi County Council agenda next week.
First, during Tuesday’s 1 p.m. Public Works and Mass Transit Committee meeting in Hilo, Puna councilmember Ashley Kierkiewicz has requested a 30 minute discussion with the Department of Public Works to receive an update on the roadwork to rebuild Highway 132.
According to an August 13 update published to the Hawaiʻi County website, county officials are seeking a time extension from the Federal Highway Administration – which pledged a total reimbursement for the project if completed by October 5, 2019 – in order “to accommodate delays due to temperatures that exceed recommended levels for the installation of asphalt-treated base.” Rock temperatures reach 800 degrees in some places, the County says.
Then, during a 2:30 p.m. Finance Committee meeting, the council will consider a resolution to adopt an Interim Recovery Strategy, which “establishes a plan for interim recovery efforts including management of funding sources, spending, and goals and objectives for restoring economy, housing and infrastructure,” the agenda says.
“While work proceeds on the various interim strategies and objectives, the Recovery Team – in partnership with County departments and agencies engaged in recovery activities – shall prioritize the following items until the Comprehensive Recovery Plan is adopted,” the associated resolution documents read.
Another measure is likely to skip the Finance Committee and go straight to the full council: a resolution to provide $28,000 from private sources to the non-profit Malama ʻO Puna “shall be used to re-establish an access road for the Malama Ki Kipuka residents, farmers, and businesses by providing costs for bulldozing and administrative funding to Malama ʻO Puna,” documents say.
The full council meets in Hilo on Wednesday starting at 9 a.m.