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.
Hauiki Road is blocked off. Does this road belong to the county or is it a private road? Why can’t the public use it?
The blocked-off portion of Hauiki Road was installed as an off-site improvement for the Kulana Subdivision. The subdivision is not yet complete, and therefore the associated improvements have not yet been accepted by the county.
At the intersection of Kuhio Highway and Mailihuna Road, there is a storm drain that is covered with vegetation and it gets clogged up when it rains hard. Can this be cleaned?
The storm drain inlet located along the edge of the road at the Mailihuna/Kuhio Highway intersection is within state right-of-way and falls under the jurisdiction of state Department of Transportation Highways Division.
The Anini Beach Road Bridge is damaged. Can it be fixed?
Anini Bridge is a project currently under way with a consultant performing geotechnical engineering work. Once that is complete, the final design and construction will follow.
Can the county put in a stoplight at Ala Kalanikaumaka Road? Seems to have a lot of traffic.
There are no current plans to install a stoplight at the Ala Kalanikaumaka/ Koloa Road intersection. This intersection is the connection point for the future northernly leg of the Western Bypass Road project. At that time, intersection improvements will be incorporated into the design and construction.
Does the county have a suggestion box for employees or the public?
The county does not have a physical suggestion box; however, there are several ways both employees and members of the public can submit county-related questions or concerns. The county has an Information/Concern line at 241-4903, which is directed to the Office of the Mayor. People can also send an email to Mayor@kauai.gov, or send a message via the County of Kauai Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CountyofKauai. Those accounts are also monitored by Mayor’s Office staff and we would be happy to follow up on questions or concerns.
Jerome Freitas can be reached at email@example.com or 635-3528. Visit his website at http://theshadow96746.tripod.com.