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Bad odor keeps Kapalama city office closed until Tuesday


The satellite city hall at City Square in Kapalama will remain closed until at least Tuesday because of nuisance odors from a construction project taking place next to the satellite city hall, city officials said.

Officials with the Department of Customer Services are working with City Square mangement to resolve the issue and the city anticipates the office will reopen on Tuesday, following Monday’s Presidents Day holiday, a news release said.

On Thursday, four satellite city hall employees became nauseated along with a female customer standing in line there, said Dennis Kamimura, city licensing administrator for the Division of Motor Vehicles, Licensing and Permits. Two licensing office employees also felt ill.

The Kapalama satellite city hall is third-busiest behind Pearlridge and Ala Moana centers, Kami­mura said. People there Thursday were asked to use other satellite city halls in the meantime.

Capt. Terry Seelig, Fire Department spokes­man, said fumes from construction in a space between the satellite city hall and Chuck E. Cheese entered the air conditioning system, spreading the noxious odors to other parts of the building.

The opening of the Kapa­ama satellite city hall office was delayed for about 45 minutes from its regular 7:45 a.m. time so that the facility could be aired out.

Even so, employees and customers began feeling nauseous, and officials decided to close both offices about 11:15 a.m., Kamimura said.

The two offices employ 40 people. Employees who did not go home sick were sent to work at other satellite city halls and driver’s licensing offices, Kamimura said.

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