Thursday, February 21, 2008

county morgue.

WAILUKU — The County Council Policy Committee on Tuesday recommended authorizing the purchase of a site for a county morgue.

The county has already budgeted $2.9 million to buy the 8,324-square-foot, two-story Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii building on Wili Pa Loop, with additional funds available for renovations.

The county’s existing morgue is a small, cramped facility housed at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

“We outgrew it a lotta years ago,” said Maui Police Chief Thomas Phillips.

Council members rejected former Mayor Alan Arakawa’s request for $4 million for the morgue project in 2006 but approved it when Mayor Charmaine Tavares made the same proposal last year.

The item is expected to go before the full council for first reading March 7.



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