Editor’s note: Old-timers might still remember the introduction from The Shadow radio program: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” Jerome Freitas, a retired state Department of Transportation worker who is now better known as Da Shadow, since 2004 has been meeting with government representatives about problems he has discovered or that have been reported to him, and reporting the county’s responses.
Da Shadow: The driveway that leads into the main parking lot and goes past the wastewater facility is full of potholes and needs to be restriped. When will this be addressed?
County: The work order will be scheduled when yellow paint is ordered and arrives. Estimated time frame is two months.
Wailua Golf Course
Da Shadow: Recently the golf carts were replaced. Were all of the carts replaced? What was the cost of the new carts? What happened to the old carts? Can members of the public purchase the old carts?
County: A new golf cart concession contract went into effect on Dec. 1, 2011, which required the concessionaire to provide 80 new carts, 19 refurbished carts, and one ADA cart. Although the golf cart concession contract does not require the vendor to report the cost of each cart, the cost for a new comparable gas golf cart is $2,000 to $3,000. The previous golf cart concessionaire refurbished 19 of the previous golf carts for use under the current contract. We believe the balance of approximately 80 used golf carts were either sold or disposed of by the concessionaire.
Da Shadow: There is a water discharge pipe in the ditch that runs between the stadium parking lot and the industrial buildings. Where does that water come from? Where does it go?
County: Parks believes this is a storm drain outlet which transverses storm runoff from the stadium and surrounding land to the drainage ditch. This drainage ditch helps maintain the historic drainage pattern from surrounding lands to lands made of Kapule Highway. We have asked Public Works Engineering Division to respond in case they have further information.