Ask the Mayor
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: I have a question regarding the South Maui Community Park. My understanding is that it’s to be built in three phases, with Phase 1, the softball field (many softball players I know say it’s one of the best fields in the state), playground area, and one soccer field having been open 3-4 years already. It’s a nice park, and when completed will provide some much-needed athletic fields and open space. My question is, when will the other phases be completed? Is there a plan? Mahalo.
A: Yes, there is a Master Plan for the South Maui Community Park complex, which includes a gymnasium, three soccer fields, two softball fields, one baseball field, five multi-purpose outdoor courts, a pavilion and amphitheater, “tot lots” and comfort stations (restrooms). As you mentioned, Phase 1A of the project has already been completed. Parks Planning is currently in the design development stage of Phase 1B, the gymnasium/recreation center. We anticipate construction of this phase to begin in the first quarter of 2016. The Parks’ 6-Year CIP plan includes requesting funding to complete Phase 2 – Amphitheater and Four Fields, as well as for Phase 3 – Multi Purpose Outdoor Courts. To view an artist’s rendering of the park complex, visit www.mauicounty.gov/Mayor and click on “Mayor’s Update” in the left menu.
Q: Can the intersection at Papa and Hina in Kahului be changed to a four-way stop?
A: Yes, as a matter of fact, Public Works is already moving ahead with exactly that. The intersection will be converted to a 4-way stop once school lets out in June. Conversion will take place during the summer to minimize traffic impacts, but some minor improvements including striping need to be completed before the signs are installed.
Q: I wanted to inquire about what options are available for disposing of a mattress that is no longer needed. I looked at the recycling information on the County website but could not find a location that would accept a mattress. It seemed to be the case with all of the island thrift/second-hand stores as well. What options are available?
A: The reality is that not everything we are done using is recyclable, and depending on the condition it’s in, a mattress sometimes falls in that category. If it’s in good condition, you can check whether a local shelter might be able to use a donated mattress. You can also try to sell it at a yard sale or put it out on the street with a “FREE” sign. (If you do, however, please be considerate of your neighbors by removing the mattress quickly if it appears no one is interested.) If the mattress is not in good condition or you cannot find a home for it, it will need to be disposed of at the landfill. It should not be left out in the elements or dumped because it can become a fire hazard.
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.