Tinian mayor looks to partnerships with CNMI, US governments

NEW MAYOR: Tinian Mayor Edwin P. Aldan delivers his inaugural address last week at the Antonio M. Borja Amphitheater in Tinian. Marianas Variety

TINIAN – Mayor Edwin Aldan said his administration will focus on building a strong partnership with the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and U.S. governments as well as private businesses.

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

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 Supertyphoon Yutu did not destroy the island’s 70-year-old breakwater.

The typhoon destroyed many homes and severely damaged public infrastructure on the island.

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

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