Da Shadow, Jerome Freitas, takes the island’s safety concerns to the county government looking for answers
Da Shadow: Why don’t monthly bus passes have pictures like annual passes do? This could prevent abuse and also assist if a monthly pass holder loses his or her pass.
County: Monthly bus passes don’t have pictures on them like the annual passes do because the printing of passes with photos on them require special equipment, additional manpower, dedicated space, and more costly supplies.
This is why annual bus passes are only sold from the Transportation Agency office. These requirements would also make the sale of monthly bus passes at the five retail locations around the island cost prohibitive.
The back of the pass has several statements, including “Lost or stolen passes will not be replaced,” which is a standard policy for the public transit industry.
Da Shadow: In Article 9, Section 22-9.1 of the County Code it deals with vacant lots. Does this provision apply to both residential and commercial lots. If it doesn’t apply to commercial lots, is there some other provision that applies to them?
County: The vacant lot section of the Article 9, Chapter 22 imposes a requirement on landowners with property designated in residentially zoned areas of R-4 or higher to be free of trash or dry vegetation that become health or fire nuisances. Sec. 22-9.2 defines “property” as “vacant lots in residentially zoned areas of R-4 or higher density.” The text of the definition of “property” refers specifically to “residentially zoned” areas.
As such, we interpret that to be only to the Residential District with a density of R-4, R-6, R-10 and R-20.
Although there does not appear to be recourse for commercial properties under the vacant lot ordinance, an adjacent landowner could sue for private nuisance if he/she meets the elements of a claim for nuisance.
Da Shadow: There is a pine tree in the park that has grown so high it is almost touching the utility wires. Can it be trimmed?
County: Parks will inspect the pine tree and schedule trimming within the 2014 Fiscal Year’s budget.
Da Shadow: What are the plans for renovations/improvements at Kapaa Pool
County: Parks is in the process of procurement for a demolition of the existing men’s and women’s restrooms/locker rooms, and the purchase of temporary restrooms/locker room trailers.
The trailer will be used as an interim facility until a new pool facility can be located and constructed. Currently, DOPR is providing portable toilets and an outdoor shower for use by the public. There are no plans to close the pool.
Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall
Da Shadow: What are the annual revenues and expenditures for this facility?
County: The revenues for Fiscal Year 2013 are approximately $80,000 through March 2013. The approved FY 2013 budget is $430,712, and the expenditures for this facility through March 2013 are approximately $256,652.
Old Hanamaulu Pavilion
Da Shadow: What is the update on plans to either renovate or demolish this structure?
County: Parks is working with the Hanamaulu Community Association to plan and construct a new pavilion.
• Jerome Freitas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 635-3528. Visit his website at http://theshadow96746.tripod.com.