Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: Sir, on behalf of the citizens here on Maalo Street in Kahului, we would like to know when will you do something about the flooding on our street. It floods with every little bit of rain and it’s becoming unsafe and unsanitary. Kids are walking and playing in muddy water going to and from school, and adults can’t leave for work until flood waters subside. This has been going on for as long I lived here.
A: I would gather that the flooding you’re referring to is occurring near the Ohaa Street intersection, which is the lowest point on Maalo Street. There is an injection well just mauka of the Ohaa Street intersection and two other grated inlet catch basins across the street that presently intercept storm runoff on Maalo Street. Our Public Works Department is working on a proposal to have the injection well and grated inlet catch basins cleaned out in the near future, to allow storm runoff to drain more quickly off of the roadway. Specialized maintenance is required because the well is fairly deep, which is why the work must be put out to bid.
Q: I recently went for my annual car safety check and was given a “Fail” because I had brought a printout of my insurance papers instead of a mailed copy of my insurance papers. Is that the correct procedure?
A: You need to bring the original insurance card or certificate with you. According to the Hawaii Administrative Rules for the State Department of Transportation, (19-133.2-27 “Inspection of vehicle registration, license plate, vehicle identification number, and proof of insurance”) (b) No certificate of inspection shall be issued if any of the following occurs: (1) There is no proof of a current Hawaii registration certificate or a current original vehicle insurance identification card, a fleet insurance card or certification of self-insurance is not available.
Q: Where can I dispose of an empty propane tank that has a broken valve? It cannot be safely refilled. Businesses that refill propane will only take it if I buy a new one from them and I do not need another one. Mahalo.
A: You should bring the tank to the upcoming Household Hazardous Household Waste Collection event taking place Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. Household materials that can be disposed of for free include oil-based paints, solvents, antifreeze, pesticides, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, thermometers, old medication, aerosols, and yes, unwanted propane tanks with a broken valve. Please note that an appointment is required, and you must pre-disclose the materials you want to bring, or they may be rejected at the collection site. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the contractor, EnviroServices, at (855) 325-3222. Once you receive an appointment, the location for the collection will be provided. Commercial hazardous waste cannot be accepted at this event, but businesses can call EnviroServices at (808) 839-7222 to schedule a commercial waste pickup.
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.