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Posted: Thursday, October 11th, 2012 9:15 AM HST

Owners make offer to resolve Papaikou access dispute

By Associated Press

The owners of the lone trail leading to the Papaikou Mill Beach have advanced a proposal to resolve tensions that have been simmering since they fenced off the path and limited access after making improvements. James Waugh and Charlene Prickett told County Council members that they would build a new public trail at their expense to prevent the property from being seized by eminent domain as called for in a pending resolution.


“This new, proposed access route will only succeed with community involvement,” Prickett said. “The community has got to be managing it and protecting it. That’s the only way it will work.”

But the trailhead would be relocated to include property they don’t own and landowner Steve Shropshire indicated he’s not inclined to offer up his property.


“It’s just interesting that I never got a phone call. This is brand new to me,” Shropshire said. “They have every right to give this road because they own it, but they don’t have that right on my road.”


Meanwhile, a public hearing was held last night at the Papaikou Gym, where those who spoke early urged support for the resolution, which will be taken up next Tuesday by the Council Finance Committee. Content for this story was provided by Big Island Video News.



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