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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 8, 2010

Yagong proposes letting resident repair own roads

Advertiser Staff

Hawai'i County Councilman Dominic Yagong admits his solution to fixing rural dirt roads on the Big Island is "a little bit different."

Yagong has come up with a nonbinding proposal calling on the county to provide free gravel, cinders and other materials so rural residents can fix the roads leading to their homes.

His resolution was approved Tuesday on a 5-4 vote of the Public Works and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. The full council is expected to adopt the measure at its April 20 meeting.

Yagong said the public-private partnerships would save money and expedite repairs to the dirt roads that are vulnerable to erosion. Councilman Donald Ikeda opposes the resolution, saying he feels nothing is going to happen even if it is passed.