Letters for August 7, 2016
County facilities ‘deplorable’
After reviewing the county’s 20-year master plan (conceptual drawing of Black Pot Beach Park “A” and “B” options), I have but one question/comment.
At this time, the county has not demonstrated the least bit concern with the poor maintenance and generally deplorable conditions of the restrooms, showers and parking lots at any of the Hanalei Bay beach areas. These include Pinetree Beach Park, Pavilion Beach Park and Black Pot Beach Park.
The deplorable conditions of county facilities at these beaches are a disgrace to the community and moreover have been this way for years. So, how in the world could the county ask us to review any “new” plans for future expansion when the county cannot maintain the current beach facilities which are used by residents and worldwide tourists to our beautiful Hanalei Bay?
Suggestion: Plan “C” — maintain and improve the existing parks facilities and parking lots to a condition we “all” can be proud of and enjoy using them. If there is any money left over, do whatever you are going to do anyway, but don’t pretend that we as a local community have any say in the final outcome. Finally, to quote Joni Mitchell in her song “Big Yellow Taxi,” “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.”
How is ‘Pay As You Throw’ working?
It is now one year since the start of the county’s Pay As You Throw (PAYT) program. The most visible evidence of the program is the automated waste collection in the new 64 or 96 gallon gray trash containers. This new method of waste collection appears to be enormously efficient compared to the old system. Doing the job with one person that normally took three persons must be saving the county a significant amount of money.
However, to quote county engineer Larry Dill: “the primary goal of PAYT is to incentivize recycling and reduce the amount of material that is deposited in the county”s landfill.”
So, after one year of PAYT operation, are we achieving this goal and by how much? Has PAYT extended the life of the county landfill, and if it has, by how much? Speaking of the landfill, has the council and the mayor made any progress in securing a replacement landfill?
I, for one amongst many Kauai citizens, would like to see a report, published inTGI, on the status of our county’s solid waste program that answers these questions.