Residents engaged in mayor’s community meetings

LIHUE — Mary Pigao, a resident of the Isenberg Tract, urged people to visit the results of a feasibility study on the proposed adolescent treatment center Tuesday.

The Lihue area resident still has concerns about the construction of a healing center near the Isenberg Tract subdivision and voiced them following an update by Theresa Koki of Life’s Choices.

Tuesday was the first of four scheduled community meetings where Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., county department heads and representatives engaged the community with some answers from their previous community meeting as well as field concerns from current developments.

The issue of the healing center was Lihue-specific and Pigao and other residents were able to update Carvalho on their sentiments of the proposed facility prior to Carvalho’s decision on the center by the end of the year.

Other residents voiced concern about bus shelters and bus routing.

Celia Mahikoa, executive on transportation for the county, was available to outline future development of the Kauai Bus schedule as well as the projected development of bus shelters for nearly all of the bus stops islandwide.

Mahikoa said more community-specific projects will be brought up at each meeting.

The bus shelter update is just one of the regional and islandwide concerns, and the residents in attendance received updates from County Engineer Larry Dill on the landfill siting progress as well as waste diversion programs.

Finance Director Steven Hunt and Ernie Barreira of the Finance Department invited people to participate in the ongoing Citizens Technology Survey, which will help the county in taking advantage of current and future technology to better serve its residents.

Hunt said the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed at www.kauai.gov under the “What’s New” section. For those who have no access to computers, hard copies of the survey are available at any of the neighborhood centers or at the Mayor’s Office. Deadline for participating is through Sept. 3.

With each presentation being punctuated by questions and queries from residents, Barreira closed the evening by collecting residents’ feedback on budget priorities for the 2014 fiscal budget.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the future community meetings. Carvalho promised to hold community meetings on a regular basis to maintain a productive dialog with residents throughout the island.

Aug. 27 is the next meeting scheduled for the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center from 6 to 8 p.m.

Aug. 29, the community meeting will take place at the Waimea Neighborhood Center with the final meeting taking place on Sept. 3 at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center.

Special accommodations, sign language interpreters and interpreters for non-English speaking persons are available on request at least five days prior to the meeting date.

To request accommodations, call the Office of the Mayor at 241-4900 or email sblane@kauai.gov.

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