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By La Poasa

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (July 18, 2002 – Samoa News)---The U.S. Army Reserve is tentatively scheduled to break ground for its $1.06 million facility in Tafuna on October 5.

Installation Commander for the local U.S. Army Reserve, Major Peleti Mauga, appeared before the Project Notification Review System (PNRS) Board yesterday seeking a permit to clear the area in preparation for the construction project.

The PNRS board members will now deliberate and issue a decision on a permit at a later time.

The U.S. Army has a 55-year lease with the government on the 6.04 acres in Tafuna for which they paid $1.06 million in advance. The site is located across from the Office of Motor Vehicle Building (OMV), on the 'sami' side.

Major Mauga told the PNRS board that they hope to build three facilities, one for an office building, a motor pool and another for a storage building.

Mauga said the space currently occupied by McConnell Dowell will not be affected by the proposed Army Reserve.

But before construction takes place, an archaeological survey will be conducted by the Historic Preservation Office.

The survey of the U.S. Army Reserve site is part of an entire archaeological survey that will be conducted in the airport area and funded by the Historic Preservation Office.

HP Officer (and PNRS board member) David Herdrich said the survey at the U.S. Army Reserve site will take about a week’s time.

If any archaeological sites are found that may be adversely impacted by the proposed project, HPO will sign a MOU with the U.S. Army and perform data recovery (such as mapping and taking photos) of the archaeological findings.

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