Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: My neighbor says she can put her automated trash cart anywhere she wants, and often puts it on my property near the road if I haven’t already put mine out. She also puts it out across the street in front of other people’s houses because the truck passes by on that side first, so she brings the cart back and fills it up again! She has two rentals plus her residence so one cart really isn’t enough for her place, but the County only allows one cart per address. Is it true my neighbor can put her cart anywhere she wants, or only in front of her own house? I’m so frustrated by this.
A: No, according to the Maui County Code §15-108-12, “The lateral location for each owner’s refuse shall be limited to the street frontage abutting the owner’s property or where approved by the director.” The drivers do their best to identify when someone might be abusing the system, but it would be difficult in this case without the driver reading each cart’s serial number and matching it to the address. If our Solid Waste Division did receive a complaint from a resident, they could send someone to the area with the addresses and corresponding cart numbers to verify that the right carts are in front of their property. If a cart is not in front of the correct property, then the driver could tag the cart reminding the person of the appropriate location. With regard to the number of carts allowed, Maui County Code §8-04-030, subsection C states that “Owners may pay for one refuse collection unit, per legally permitted dwelling unit.” Maui County Code §8-04-010 defines a dwelling unit as “a room or group of rooms connected together constituting an independent housekeeping unit for a family and containing a single kitchen.” So if a property owner has a separate ‘ohana unit, they may pay for a second collection unit.
Q: What are you going to do about the permit that allows coffee from Oahu that can be contaminated with the berry borer beetle brought untreated to Maui? Why does Kona and the rest of the Big Island have to treat but not Oahu?
A: You will be glad to learn that the Hawaii Board of Agriculture (HBOA) voted recently to place coffee grown on all areas of Oahu under the same quarantine restrictions as were issued earlier for the Waialua area on Oahu and Hawaii Island to prevent the spread of the coffee berry borer (CBB) to other coffee-growing islands. To date, CBB has not been detected on Maui, Molokai, Lanai or Kauai. It will be vital to keep this destructive pest from spreading.
Honorable Mayor Arakawa:
Q: There is a very large standing dead tree adjacent to the County water tank located on the corner of Kilohana and Kapili in Kihei. Aside from being a neighborhood eyesore, it poses a safety hazard. Should the tree fall during a windstorm, it will cause significant damage to the water tank and/or serious injury to anyone passing by. Your assistance in getting this potential hazard removed is greatly appreciated. Mahalo.
A: My staff forwarded your comments to the Water Department, which reviewed the location of the tank and the tree you mentioned. It was determined that the tree is on County Parks property, so I am requesting that our Parks Department look into the possible removal of the tree.
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, 9thFloor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.