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Letter for Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Lack of common sense

We’ve got a new mayor. We’ve got a new Parks and Recreation director. So, things have changed. There is however something that has not changed at Salt Pond County Park. That is the lack of common sense. Maybe it has left the area with the last park attendant when he had moved on.

This lack of common sense is most obvious in the way the cleaning is done. Since it is a camping site, too, and quite well attended, plus the campers are generally early risers, their first trip is to the bathrooms. The bathrooms at the northern end, where no campers’ tents are set up, have been closed for more than a year waiting for a new sewer line. There portable toilets are set up for God knows how long. Those are cleaned by the rental company’s staff.

The major problem is the work schedule of the park attendant, who sets her priorities not on getting the main pavilion’s toilets cleaned.

Every morning she goes first to the non-camping section of the park and using a long tong takes out the HI5 marked recyclable plastic bottles and cans, one-by-one, from the trash containers and puts them in her separate bag, and that’s how she proceeds slowly to the camping area to continue her collecting activity.

Why doesn’t she take the whole bag of trash out and throw it away? Only after she pau there and she has put her collection on her truck, starts to attend the bathrooms. The campers are already up and always wondering why the cans and bottles have higher priority than the hygiene of the bathrooms first.

Is there anyone in the Park and Recreation administration who has common sense and can show this attendant how to do it right and explain that the clean toilets reflect better on the entire island than the prioritized but tedious, one-one-by-one can and bottle separation?

Jeremy Apo, Hanapepe

7 Comments
  1. rk669 March 6, 2019 4:53 am Reply

    That’s Aloha,Me First,


  2. I saw a Vampire once March 6, 2019 8:21 am Reply

    Yes. The picking up of trash and cans is included in the priority list. They just don’t have the money to pay anyone to pick up both the cans and rubbish along with cleaning the bathrooms. Some times they clean it, some times they don’t. This is an everyday job.


  3. I saw a Vampire once March 6, 2019 8:44 am Reply

    Can you find anyone who wants to do this job everyday? And pay him. It is coming from a fund account, so the money spent is going towards revenue made from the mayor’s office. All they need is several workers to do this.


  4. LTEreader March 6, 2019 10:32 am Reply

    Speaking of bathrooms…
    I have not stepped into a beach park bathroom in at least a decade that remotely resembled clean! Last week I went into the restroom near the boat launch at Anini. OMG…one toilet looked like it hadn’t been flushed in who knows how long, and the functioning one had a horribly stained toilet seat that obviously hadn’t had a good scrubbing in a very long time. There was graffiti on the walls haphazardly painted over, and the floor looked like it hadn’t been mopped in years! This was not dirt and grime that just happened in a day, it was filth accumulating for a long time. Pitiful.
    Not only do residents deserve better, but visitors contribute a lot of money to our economy and this is the best we can offer? C’mon folks get it together! Spend a little less promoting Kaua’i and start taking care of the disgusting bathrooms.


  5. RG DeSoto March 6, 2019 5:15 pm Reply

    Well…this is your window into socialism! Imagine how wonderful it would be to have the government completely in charge of your healthcare. Geez!, they can’t even keep bathrooms clean yet there are rumblings on the left urging us into the single payer utopia.
    Hang on,
    RG DeSoto


  6. My Two Cents March 6, 2019 7:40 pm Reply

    LMAO! 🤣 Everytime people grumble about her.. i get one good laugh. Take’um all manong easy easy.
    Yeah yeah tax dollars i know..
    still funny.. LOL!


  7. Kauaidoug March 7, 2019 6:25 am Reply

    Having clean toilets does promote Kaua’i.


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