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New Tinian mayor eyes ‘strong partnership’ with US, NMI government, private sector

TINIAN Mayor Edwin P. Aldan, said his administration will focus on building a strong partnership with the central and federal governments as well as private businesses.

The partnership, he said in his inaugural address, is important in pursuing his programs and finding solutions to the current issues on island.

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Tinian Mayor Edwin P. Aldan smiles as he delivers his inaugural address last week at the Antonio M. Borja Amphitheater.  Photo by David Butterfield

These include the landfill, which does not comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the deteriorating seaport that is “limiting our opportunities for commerce, trade and maritime tourism.”

Based on a recent feasibility study conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Aldan said the repair of the dock and breakwater will cost $200 million.

“It’s an amount we cannot afford but we also cannot afford to have our seaport washed out,” he added.

He said Tinian was “very fortunate” that Typhoon Yutu did not destroy the island’s 70-year-old  breakwater.

Aldan said his administration is facing “lots of challenges” due to Yutu’s impact.

The typhoon destroyed many  homes and severely damaged public infrastructure, setting back much of the progress on  island.

He said the road to recovery is going to be long and challenging but he also believes that they can  rebuild Tinian.

“We will be stronger and better because Typhoon Yutu did not destroy our sense of community, our faith and our spirit of ina’famaolek [or working together to make things right],” he said.

Aldan said he alone can’t address all of Tinian’s problems and pressing issues. “It would take all of us, everyone who lives on this island, to give the best of ourselves,” he added.