Today in West Hawaii history | July 20


July 20, 1984: An attorney representing two public employee unions, a Hilo business and several individuals has filed a suit against Hawaii County and the Hawaii County Taxpayer Association, seeking to have the HCTA’s propty tax cut initiative kept off the fall ballot. The suit describes the initiative as unconstitutional and illegal and calls for a “preliminary and permanent injunction” against the county putting initiative to a vote.

July 20, 1994: The Hawaii County Council Public Works Committee votes to move a landfill fee bill to full council for further decision, but expects it to return to the committee level. The bill, which will amend a county ordinance governing refuse, seeks to establish commercial tipping fees for county landfills. The bill does not set fees for government agencies, religious groups or nonprofit organizations, but does call for them to obtain a disposal permit if using landfills. The bill also excludes tipping at transfer stations, which will remain free.

July 20, 2004: Most of the 35,000 tons of concrete and masonry from the demolition of the Kona Lagoon Hotel is expected to be recycled. David Williams, project manager for the Portland-based Northwest Demolition and Dismantling, said the company will recycle upward of 95 percent.