By Jeff King
It’s been a rugged week for Maui County Public Works workers, residents, commuters and customers across Maui County. It began with a landslide along Hana Highway Monday night when a chunk of hillside slid down – pounding a car with four scared but very fortunate occupants who all escaped injury. It happened near Keana’e Monday around 5 p.m. and closed the highway for more than three hours.
Today, the County of Maui Dept. of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division, announced that due to mechanical problems, a residential refuse collection route on Lanai was not picked up. The route was supposed to completed today. Part of Wednesday’s route may also be delayed until Thursday, June 4, pending the completion of the repair.
“The Solid Waste Division apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates the community’s understanding and cooperation,” the press release said.
But wait – there’s more to apologize for.
Today, County Deputy Information Director Ryan Piros reported, “Due to insufficient manpower, the Hana Landfill will close at 1 p.m. on June 3. The closure is necessary as the department must be able to ensure safe operations and meet the minimum State Department of Health operating requirements of our solid waste permit.
“The Solid Waste Division apologizes for the inconvenience.”
But, oh no, we’re not done yet.
Monday this week, the correspondence began. The County press release intoned, “Due to insufficient staffing, the Hana, Molokai and Lanai landfills will be closing earlier than usual this week. Their respective landfill schedules are as follows:
– Hana Landfill will close at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2
– Molokai Landfill will close at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 6
– Lanai Landfill will close at 1 p.m. every day from June 2 to June 6, and again on June 9.
“The closures are necessary so that the Department of Environmental Management can ensure safe operations that meet the minimum State Department of Health requirements of our solid waste permit. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience.”
If you can’t be patient in Maui County…you likely can’t be patient anywhere.