Posted by: lokahipath | June 21, 2011

Kauai BLNR Member Ron Agor has no plans to honor the governor’s request for his resignation

Agor has no plans to resign

Nathan Eagle – The Garden Island

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i’s sole member on the state Board of Land and Natural Resources said Monday that he intends to continue serving for the remainder of his term despite receiving a letter from the governor asking for his resignation.

Ron Agor was appointed under Republican Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration seven years ago. His second four-year term on the board expires June 2012.

The Lihu‘e architect said he received a “very polite” letter last week from Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

“I wasn’t at all shocked by the letter,” Agor said, adding that he did not take offense. “But at first I thought it was just me and I thought, what did I do?”

He said he felt better though after learning 27 other board and commission members were also asked to voluntarily resign.

“I did wish that the governor would have called me in to lay out his plan,” Agor said. “I’m sure we would have the same goals.”

There are several reasons Agor said he wants to finish up his term on the BLNR.

“Besides the projects I have scheduled myself to get done before I leave, I think Gov. Lingle had basically appointed me, really, for the full term. She had confidence in me to do the job. So in honor of my commitment to the governor to serve as her appointee, I’d like to stay on.”

The upcoming projects Agor said he wants to complete within the next year include repairing the Hanalei Pier, installing a welcome booth at Koke‘e State Park and developing a Neighborhood Watch-like program where citizens would “shepherd” areas mauka to makai.

Past projects Agor said he similarly helped facilitate with volunteer groups include fixing the road to Polihale State Park and repairing Kikiaola boat harbor.

Beyond the completion of projects, Agor said he believes the current board and commission system appropriately allows for overlaps into incoming gubernatorial terms.

“The reason is continuity, and it gives another level of checks and balances,” he said.

•Nathan Eagle, managing editor, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 227) or neagle@thegardenisland.




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