Kapaa portable toilets haven’t been cleaned for 3 weeks

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    This photo shows the inside of one of the portable toilets behind the Kapaa Neighborhood Center, for which the county is reworking the contract as the current company hasn’t cleaned them for three weeks.

KAPAA — Dennis Mendonca got a nasty surprise when he decided to investigate the portable toilets behind the Kapaa Neighborhood Center last week.

He works in the East Kauai Professional Building across from the neighborhood center and was taking his customary walk along the nearby multi-use path when he got curious about the bathrooms.

He had a hunch they were in disrepair, but he wasn’t prepared for the mess inside.

“When I opened the door, the stench assaulted me,” Mendonca said. “The whole place was filthy with soiled with feces and dried-up toilet paper.”

He walks the path often and used the bathrooms when they were initially installed, but eventually stopped using them because they’d gotten too dirty.

Mendonca didn’t specify how long it’d been since he’d been in the portable toilets, but Wednesday the situation was much worse than he expected.

“The situation is deplorable, the oversight of this area is non-existent,” he said. “I have never known them to be particularly clean (but) it was putrid.”

The county’s Department of Parks and Recreation says they’ve canceled the contract with the provider and are looking for other options, estimating that the toilets haven’t been cleaned for about three weeks.

Cleaning the portable toilets isn’t the park staff’s responsibility; the portable toilets are contracted by the company Tyri and cleaning is that company’s responsibility.

“Because of the lack of service, failure to adhere to the terms of the contract, and the lack of response from the vendor, DOPR has ceased paying this vendor,” Rapozo said. “We hope to get a new contractor by the end of September.”

Tyri didn’t return phone calls for an interview from The Garden Island before deadline.

Per the contract, cleanings are set for every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and the contract specifies Tyri is required to do the cleanings.

Meanwhile, on the South Shore, the county is working on a pipe that would move effluent from the septic system at Salt Pond Beach Park to the Eleele wastewater treatment plant.

“In partnership with the Department of Public Works, the invitation for bid is to be completed and the work to construct a pipe is in process,” Rapozo said Friday.

The Salt Pond bathrooms sprang into the spotlight in the summer of 2018, when some members of the Westside Watershed Council and other citizens wrote a letter to Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. demanding the bathrooms be cleaned and facilities fixed.

Heavy rains in April saturated the leach field, which DOPR is continuing to check, but a shoreline certification must be completed before work can be done on the field.

Rapozo said in July that process could take up to a year to complete.

  1. Charlie Chimknee September 24, 2018 12:18 am Reply

    Aloha KakoiU,

    Hey, Lenny , quit hitting the hornets nest with the baswball bat…!



  2. billyjoebob September 24, 2018 2:23 am Reply

    So which ” Rapozo ” ” said ” all these things. ( although we all know it is Lenny ), it might be nice to include this information.
    Or is it pick a Rapozo, any Rapozo?
    This bathroom has been in this condition as long as I can remember it being there. Sad.

  3. MisterM September 24, 2018 4:02 am Reply

    Good news. Cleaning portable toilets is perhaps the one thing our dear Mayor is qualified to do.

  4. harry oyama September 24, 2018 6:23 am Reply

    Shoreline certification at Salt Pond will take up to a YEAR from July, that is plain incompetence on both the County and State, which by the way has its own EPA, so why the long wait?

    I’ll bet if it was some large development project where many parties including politiciians are given the “envelope” the certification process will be fast tracked before the next election. But since its not, its business as usual.

  5. Thinkaboutit September 24, 2018 8:42 am Reply

    Would someone please tell me what Lenny Rapozo does? Our parks and public areas are the disgrace of the state! Travel over to the BI and Maui and you don’t see this kind of neglect in the beach parks and other areas. They aren’t perfect, but at least they are usable and show a level of community pride.

    1. Joe Public September 24, 2018 9:23 am Reply

      Don’t know where on those island you traveled too, but all the ones that I have seen are the same, if not worse then ours here on Kauai.

      You do know that the Parks Director has supervisors for the various areas and that other employees (Kauai Residents) maintain the County Parks, and I am sure that these employees have pride in their work assignment as they too are community members.

    2. BD September 24, 2018 11:37 am Reply

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way. The lack of upkeep to Kauai’s public parks and facilities is appalling.

  6. Geoffrey September 24, 2018 11:40 am Reply

    stop giving contracts to GOOD friends and give to people who deserve the work!!!!

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