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Hawaii County Meeting – October 2005

Honokaa, Hawaii- On Saturday, October 8th the Hawaii Island League of Women Voters met at Tex Drive in Honokaa.

The guest speaker was Barbara Bell, Director of the Hawaii County Department of Environmental Development, who spoke to the group about the County’s waste management plans. The presentation focused on the administration’s plans to build a Recycling/Transfer Station in Hilo to decrease the amount of trash going into the Hilo landfill, which will be closed in the not too distant future. Bell explained that while various plans for the permanent disposal of East Hawaii’s trash have been discussed, including Thermal Gasification and Waste to Energy, the County is not currently committed to a course of action beyond the controversial plan of trucking the waste to the Kona Landfill. League members supported County recycling efforts and expressed concern about the lack of a comprehensive long-term waste management plan for East Hawaii.

The Hawaii County League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization, but does work on specific issues decided each year by its members. Issues discussed at the business meeting that followed the presentation included the Prevention of Violence Act, Community Development Plans and Voter Owned Elections Hawaii (public funding of campaigns.) The Hawaii Island League is also actively working on voter education, preservation and access to mauka and makai lands, protection of watersheds, forests and other natural resources, energy conservation and alternative energy and support of initiative and referendum for county level issues.

The League of Women Voters welcomes new members (both men and women) who want to make their voice heard on local, state and national issues. League members are encouraged to research and advocate on issues that are important to them. To join, call Lois Cecil, Membership Chair at 969-9408.

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