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.
Kapaa soccer park
Is there still a plan to create a soccer field near the industrial center in Kapaa? If so, what is the status?
Yes, this soccer field is part of the Brian J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapaa. The Environmental Assessment of the soccer field has been completed and the DOPR has procured a consultant to complete the construction design. The design contract will be executed on June 1 and is set to be completed within a year.
What is the law regarding skateboard use on sidewalks?
According to Sec. 16-16.6 of the Kauai County Code, “It shall be unlawful for persons to ride any coasters, roller skates, skateboards, or other similar devices on any roadway or on any sidewalk in a business district.” (Ord. No. 134, January 19, 1968; Sec. 16-16.6, R.C.O. 1976)
Are there plans to erect a community pavilion Kapahi Park, similar to the one at Peter Rayno?
Not at this time. The pavilion at Peter Rayno Park was a community-driven project. If a community group or other organization is interested in taking the lead on such a project, please contact DOPR at 241-4460.
Can there be a “no left turn” sign at Kele Road?
Public Works will evaluate this possibility. Any change in traffic pattern would require both public input and a Council Resolution.
Waimea sports complex
Is the “Sports Complex” for Waimea still in the works? What is the update?
This project is on hold pending acquisition of the land. The land owner has not come to agreement with the sale of the land.
Kipu Road needs restriping; can this be addressed?
Yes, however, the exact timeline of the work is not yet known. The PW Roads Division is currently working on centerline striping, crosswalks and stop bars in Kilauea. From there, crews will move to Anahola-Kapaa, then Poipu-Koloa. Road striping in Lihue-Kipu will follow.
Potholes at the end of Ulu Road and crosswalk and centerline needs to be repainted (near Kukui Street).
Potholes will be addressed. We will also look into restriping the crosswalk. The centerline did not appear to be an issue, but staff will investigate and respond accordingly.
How much did it cost the county for air rescues in FY2014?
The Kauai Fire Department recorded a total of 43 flight hours in FY14 for air rescues, at a cost of $450 per flight hour (not including crew costs).
What is the total estimated cost did the county pay for vandalism repairs in 2014 to present? Is the county increasing security in these areas? Are all of the repairs conducted in-house or contracted out?
DOPR averages about $1,500 per month in vandalism repairs. All repairs have been done in-house. DOPR currently does not have the funds to “increase security” at county facilities; however, we are working with our park rangers, police officers, community groups and park users to look at ways to curtail vandalism.
How much does the county receive in gasoline tax? Where does that money go?
The county collected $4,518,532 in FY14, at the fuel tax rate of $0.15 per gallon. The county fuel tax rate for FY15 is $0.17/gal. The money collected goes toward the Highway Fund.
Jerome Freitas can be reached at email@example.com or 635-3528. Visit his website at theshadow96746.tripod.com.