Utility co-op will modify format of town meetings

LIHU’E — Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) and Kaua’i Electric have

announced that they will make some changes in the format of future town

meetings. The meetings are being held to exchange information with Kaua’i

residents and businesses regarding the sale of Kaua’i Electric to


Gregg Gardiner, chair of the KIUC Board of Directors, said all

meetings will start with a brief introduction of KE and KIUC representatives.

The format will then shift to the audience without additional input from the


“The big difference,” Gardiner said, “will be that lengthy

presentations will not be made, which will allow much more time for testimony

and questions from the audience. We feel this will help us get to the issues

and concerns that attendees wish to discuss in the most efficient and expedient


“We listened to input and comments from attendees at the first

meeting,” he said, “and we are trying to implement some of their


As with the Waimea meeting, all questions must be submitted

in writing, and 3 by 5 cards will be made available at the


“Attendees are encouraged to think about their concerns in advance

and bring their written questions with them,” said Dick Heitman, transition

team leader for KIUC.

“We are making this request for expediency and to

have all questions documented for future action or comment,” he said. “The 3 X

5 cards are specifically for questions, not comments or statements. We prefer

one question to a card.”

Attendees who wish to give testimony, must sign up

in advance and may approach the microphone in the order signed. The time limit

for commentary has been extended to five minutes instead of the two minutes

previously allowed.

There will be a drawing for a trip to Hoover Dam,

which is near Las Vegas.There are two meetings per location with the exception

of Kalaheo. The first meeting starts at 4 p.m. and is scheduled to end by

5:45. The second meeting begins at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to end by 7:45.

The meeting times are as follows:

May 10: Kilauea Neighborhood Center,

4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

May 11: Kalaheo Neighborhood Center, 6 p.m.

May 19:

Kapa’a Elementary Library, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

May 24: Lihu’e Neighborhood

Center, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

May 31: Koloa Neighborhood Center, 4 p.m. and 6


Light refreshments will be served and attendees who wish to make

statements are encouraged to sign in early.


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