Failure to reach compromise has resulted in the feared and difficult to understand Federal government “shutdown.” In response to the federal government shutdown, Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui released this statement:
“It is extremely unfortunate that Congress was unable to reach agreement on a federal spending plan because a federal shutdown will ultimately negatively impact all states and could derail economic recovery. Governor Abercrombie’s Administration, including his financial team, has put forth tremendous effort over the last three years to improve the State of Hawaii’s financial condition by making tough choices that have put us on the path towards a healthy economy. We will continue to examine the potential impact of the shutdown on our State.”
Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz released the following statement in response to the House’s unwillingness to pass a clean Continuing Resolution, resulting in a government shutdown. Senator Schatz issued the following statement:
“Despite knowing that a government shutdown would hurt seniors, veterans, families, and dedicated public servants, as well as put our economic well-being at risk, House Republicans have stubbornly refused to agree to fund the federal government,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. “Due to their recklessness, the United States government has been forced to shutdown. Every moment that the government remains closed endangers our economy and American families across the country. I will keep working to pass a Continuing Resolution that reopens the government.”
WAILUKU – Mayor Alan Arakawa’s next “County on Your Corner” will be held on Sunday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the County of Maui tent at the Maui Fair. The County tent will be situated adjacent to the entertainment tent.
“It is important that we connect with our community,” Mayor Arakawa said. “’County on Your Corner,’ which is typically scheduled in a different location each month, is a good way for members of my cabinet and myself to interact with community members on the issues that are of most interest to them.”
Joining Arakawa at this month’s “County on Your Corner” event will be Executive Assistants BillJohn Medeiros, John Buck and Danny Mateo.
For more information, call 270-7855.
WAILUKU – The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation – Aquatics Division announces the following pool closures during the month of October.
Lifeguard Renewal Certification:
The public is encouraged to call the Pool Info. Line at 270-8202 for recorded pool hours and closures. The recording is updated by 9:00 a.m. each day.
For more information, contact Duke Sevilla at 270-6135 or visit www.mauicounty.gov/aquatics.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted
to his office staff.
Q: The tennis court in Hali‘imaile really needs attention… it seems
like it has been abandoned by the Parks & Recreation Department. The net
is sagging, the grass is growing through the defunct fence onto the
court, and the fence itself is full of holes and cuts. The doors do not
close properly, the pavement is cracked and the weeds are ‘having fun’
growing all over. Thank you for listening.
A: I’m an avid tennis player myself, and I try to get on the court
about three times a week in the early mornings. Having said that, the
reality is that it will be very expensive to rehabilitate the
Hali‘imaile Tennis Court. In fact, this tennis court cannot simply be
repaired, it must be completely rebuilt at an estimated cost of $275,000
plus additional costs for potential ADA accessibility modifications that
may be required. Funds are not available to carry out the project this
fiscal year, but the Department of Parks and Recreation is creating a
comprehensive list of needed facility repairs and “tennis courts” is one
of the categories.In fact, now is the perfect time to voice your
priorities for the County’s next fiscal year budget, including Parks
projects, as we are gearing up for the next Budget cycle. Please send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest funding priorities for
my FY 2015 Budget Proposal, which will be submitted to the County
Council early next year for consideration.
Q: My question is regarding the total disregard for safety for
individuals that use the Mokulele Highway bike path by individuals on
motorized scooters (with license plates) that routinely speed up and
down the bike path at 35-45 mph, putting cyclists, walkers and runners
in harm’s way. I have yet to see any citations given out and I use this
path almost daily at different times of the day during the week and on
weekends. Is it going to take someone getting run over by one of these
scooters for this issue to be taken seriously? There is a nice, wide
shoulder for these motorized vehicles to use and yet, they insist on
using the bike path. I believe that the Police need to enforce the law
that states that “motorized vehicles” are not allowed to use the path.
A: Mokulele Highwayis a State highway, and under Hawaii Revised
Statutes §291C-197, motorized mopeds or scooters ARE allowed to travel
on bicycle paths or lanes where provided. In fact, the law specifies
that “Wherever bicycle lanes are provided on the roadway, moped drivers
shall use such bicycle lanes.” Riders must follow the signs that are
posted, and police can cite if a violation is observed. People can call
the Maui Police Department’s non-emergency number (244-6400) to report violations and an officer will be dispatched to check on complaints.
However, the Counties can, by ordinance, restrict or prohibit the use
of mopeds on bicycle paths under County jurisdiction, such as on the
Kihei Greenway and the North Shore Bikeway, where mopeds are forbidden
to be driven under Maui County Traffic Code, Article 1, Chapter
10.52.270 as amended by the County Council in 2011.
Want to Ask the Mayor?
Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services,
operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email:
AskTheMayor@mauicounty.gov, phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High
Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be
considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column.
By Jeff King
A Lahaina man – the subject of a two-day search after going missing missing Wednesday inside Haleakala Crater – was found safe Friday. Despite being tired and cold, Haleakala park officials say the man was unhurt.
Richard Scheidman of Lahaina was reported missing by his wife after failing to return from a crater hike. He began his trek shortly before noon, Wednesday, at the 8,000 foot level. He was expected home around 7 p.m. A search began Wednesday night with Maui Fire and rescue crews and Air-1. His car was found in the parking lot – with his cell phone on the seat. The incident was turned over to National Park officials Thursday.
Scheidman, in his 60s, was located Friday around 4:45 p.m. near Hosmer’s Grove campground. Medics attended to him but he was reportedly not hospitalized.
Ground teams from the National Park Service and Maui and Honolulu police and Maui fire crews and helicopters searched for Scheidman during daylight hours Thursday and Friday. Friday’s search had been suspended around 2 p.m, and officials were deliberating whether to conduct another search this morning when Scheidman was found, park officials said.
Maui Police Lt. Jayson Rego said Scheidman was found outside the park fenceline after becoming lost while trying to make his way back to his car. He emerged from brush near a Hosmer Grove campsite and was calling for help, Rego said. Tourists assisted Scheidman and called police.
Scheidman was “alert and coherent” and “soaking wet” after a storm Wednesday night and rainshowers Thursday morning, Rego said. Scheidman reported hearing helicopters searching for him but was unable to signal them.
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