Tinian breaks ground for a new transfer station
The Tinian Mayor’s Office and the CNMI Office of the Governor broke ground last Wednesday for the construction of a transfer station on Tinian.
According to Wikipedia, a transfer station is a building or processing site for the temporary deposition of waste.
Among those in attendance at Wednesday’s ceremony were Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog, and Cabinet members Virginia Villagomez (Office of Management and Budget), Marianne Concepcion-Teregeyo (Public Lands), James Ada (Public Works), and Tony Benavente (Lands and Natural Resources).
Addressing the crowd gathered at the project site, Tinian Mayor Joey Patrick San Nicolas expressed optimism at the establishment of a transfer facility on Tinian: “With a transfer station we can close our open dump; there will be opportunities for recycling; and the community will have more incentive to sort household waste at home. …I, along with the community, am truly excited to break ground for the transfer station.”
San Nicolas also thanked stakeholders for their efforts to push the construction of the Tinian transfer station: “I owe my sincere gratitude to Gov. Torres, his Cabinet, and his staff for taking the lead on this project. Ms. Villagomez and her staff have been especially instrumental in securing funding for the transfer station. We cannot thank you enough.”
He also recognized past leaders who contributed to the project, including former governor Eloy S. Inos, former lieutenant governor Jude U. Hofschneider, and former Tinian mayor Ramon Dela Cruz.
In his remarks, Torres congratulated San Nicolas and all stakeholders involved with the project. Torres also reaffirmed his support for Tinian’s endeavors as they relate to roads, homesteads and solid waste management, among others.
The Tinian transfer station was designed to function as a community convenience center where the residents of Tinian could bring their solid waste. The 3-acre facility will consist of an office, truck scale, tipping floor, container storage yard, recycle yard stockpile, recycling building, ponding basin and a septic/leaching field. Maeda Pacific Corp. will build the transfer station for Tinian over a period of 270 days.