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.
Shadow: Does the county keep any money collected for safety checks?
County: All monies collected (administrative and enforcement fee, and emblem and form sales) are remitted back to the state by the 15th of each month from each official inspection during the previous month. The county does receive funding to cover the cost of two positions to administer the requirement.
Shadow: How much revenue does the county receive from the vendors on an annual basis?
County: Per the Finance Department, the FY 13 revenue from the vendors was: $448,671.
Shadow: How much has KPD spent on overtime for the events associated with this bill?
County: Cost for the July 31, 2013 Public Hearing on Bill 2491 at the Kauai Veterans Center was $20,153.50. Cost for the Aug. 5 committee meeting on Bill 2491 at the Council Chambers was $2,513.25. Cost for the Mana March on Sept. 8 was $4,602.26.
Shadow: How much money has been given to the YMCA in the past two years?
County: There was $70,000 budgeted in fiscal year 2013, and another $70,000 budgeted for the current fiscal year.
Anini Beach Park
Shadow: There are lots of dead and overgrown trees in this park. When will they be addressed?
County: Parks is requesting scheduling the bucket truck for training of parks staff to address non-coconut tree trimming needs in county parks island-wide. We are hoping to complete staff training in the next three months, and complete this tree trimming work at Anini Beach Park by December 2013. A second trimming of the coconut trees will is scheduled to be completed by November 2013.
Shadow: There are people in the old pavilion during the day. Why don’t you post signs telling the public to keep out?
County: This question was asked and answered previously. Parks continues to install this signage, but as quick as we put the wire fence and signs up, it is quickly pulled down and destroyed by the homeless or other public users.
Ke Ala Hele Makalae
Shadow: Fronting Coco Palms, there are a few coconut trees and other trees close to the path that may cause a hazard to people on the path. Can you look at this and address it?
County: Parks will address the trimming of these coconut trees in our yearly coconut tree trimming contract, along with many other existing coconut trees within our facilities islandwide.
• Jerome Freitas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 635-3528. Visit his website at http://theshadow96746.tripod.com.