Garbage debate still in the can

Kaua`i County is still stuck on two garbage disposal options.

County

Council members and numerous critics of the plan have argued in public about

choosing a new landfill (plan A) versus a combined landfill-incinerator (plan

B) for months ever since garbage consultant Jean Camp, part of Mayor Maryanne

Kusaka’s administration, proposed the options more than a month ago.

The

disposal debate continued for another two hours during a council meeting

Wednesday night without a decision.

The argument became even trashier as

one critic of the administration’s plan got personal with his

comments.

“The only word that comes to mind is dumb. There are no brains in

this administration. Everybody knows that. There are no watch dogs (in local

government), only lap dogs,” Andy Parks said.

Other critics were less

personal but just as unhappy with the two plans being discussed.

Michael

Edwards said the county need not make a choice between the two proposals.

Edwards is a proponent of composting, recycling and other alternatives not

stressed in either of the plans.

“You can actually reduce costs. Green

waste is actually green resource,” Edwards said.

Councilman Gary Hooser

spoke about increasing diversion of waste from the landfill and recycling.

Hooser mentioned some mainland successes and expressed an unwillingness to

support either plan as proposed.

Councilman Ron Kouchi repeated that he

wouldn’t be against researching the more expensive plan B combination of

incinerator and landfill if he could be assured the county wouldn’t be bound to

the plan if it proved too expensive or unwieldy.

But the administration did

not have an answer to Kouchi”s query about whether the county could get out

the “back end.”

“Exploring a lot of options is different than being locked

in. I won’t be able to vote on it until I know the answer to my question,”

Kouchi said.

The mayor’s administrative assistant, Wally Rezentes Sr.,

agreed with Kouchi.

“I know the decision is a very significant one, and I

don’t have the answer for you today,” Rezentes said.

Staff writer

Dennis Wilken can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) and [

HREF=”mailto:dwilken@pulitzer.net”>dwilken@pulitzer.net]

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