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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Renovation of the pub at the Hario housing complex is moving along, and residents must be patient if they want quality work, Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials said Thursday at a town hall meeting.

The one-room bar that sits on the second floor of the Hario Navy Exchange is getting a cantina-style makeover, but work is proceeding slowly due to difficulty getting materials, the four-man team doing the work said.

Although no completion date has been set, the bar’s interior could be completed by the end of November and the exterior should follow.

If given adequate time, the work will resemble similar projects at Hog Heaven, a Harley-Davidson-themed bar, and the Puck coffee shop at the main base’s Harbor View Club, MWR officials said.

But some residents are getting antsy, and the base commander asked for a completion date.

Stacey Weidetz, a dependent spouse, said the project has been discussed for a year.

“A year later we have no floor and it doesn’t look any better than it did a year ago,” she said.

The barroom floor is stripped and will soon be covered in tile, MWR officials said, adding that completed work includes the electrical and plumbing work at the bar and new tile behind the bar.

The walls will be plastered next week, one of the ingredients to provide a cantina feel, according to MWR.

“Each time people go in over the next month or two, you are going to see significant things done in there,” said Scott Poluhowich, director of MWR.

Poluhowich said the wait will be worthwhile. “To do something well, that’s the reason it’s taking the time.”

Base commanding officer Capt. Tilghman Payne said the work crew needs to step up progress and devise a completion date.

“It’s resources and manpower and money. We have that,” Payne said. “We need to exercise that and push and get this thing finished.”

Also at the town hall meeting, base medical officials said they are working to cut the time residents must wait to get an appointment with an obstetrician-gynecologist.

Currently, the base is served by doctors who periodically split a week of time between Iwakuni and Sasebo, said Cmdr. Tracy Kolosik.

Sometimes the visit is not long enough to see all residents who ask for appointments, Kolosik said.

Sasebo is teaming with other bases in Japan and the Pacific on the Western Pacific Medical Alliance to make more OB-GYNs available and hopefully reduce the wait time for Sasebo residents, Kolosik said.


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