Da Shadow: Hardy Street landscaping

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 known as Da Shadow, has been meeting with government representatives about problems he has discovered or that have been reported to him, and reporting the county’s responses.

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Rice Street

On Rice Street next to Punua Insurance there is a post from an old traffic sign on the ground. It is dangerous. Can it be removed?

The Public Works Roads Division was notified of this concern and has since removed the sign anchor leg.

Isenberg Park

At Isenberg Park, there is no wheelchair ramp to access the pavilion, just a sidewalk that is not level with the ground. Can a ramp be added?

The Isenberg pavilion has multiple access points, one of which is accessible by wheelchair, as required.

The picnic table seating area in the pavilion is cracked. Are there plans to fix the seating?

Yes, the Department of Parks and Recreation was notified and will be addressing the issue immediately.

Hardy Street

Overgrown landscaping along Hardy Street impedes the visibility of motorists and should be maintained. Who is responsible for the landscaping of the area?

The county currently has a contractor to maintain the landscaping along Hardy Street, as part of the Hardy Street Improvement Project. The contractor has been made aware of this concern and will be addressing the issue of overgrowth along the roadway.

Islandwide

Do lunch wagons require a current safety inspection and registration even if they are permanently parked?

All drivable vehicles must be registered, even if parked on private property. Vehicles can either be registered to drive or registered for storage only.

The registration and safety inspection must be current at the time the vehicle owner applies for the storage registration. Vehicles registered for storage only cannot be driven off the property.

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Jerome Freitas can be reached at theshadow96751 @gmail.com or 635-3528. Visit www.theshadow96746.tripod.com.

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