Council to consider money requests

The Kauai County Council is scheduled to meet 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Historic County Building.

Items on the agenda include a bill for an amendment for funding, $625,000, for emergency work in opening the river mouth in Waimea and to establish funding for such work through the end of the fiscal year, including design and maintenance of levy gates to relieve and avoid flooding.

Design and engineering services to address flooding issues caused by the Waimea River to homes near the levy are estimated at $380,000. Another $245,000 would go toward river mouth emergency work and maintenance through fiscal year 2020.

The operation budget would be amended by $625,000 by revising the amounts estimated in the Highway Fund.

• Communication from the Emergency Management Administrator, requesting Council approval to receive and expend State funds, in the amount of $790,000.00, from the United States Department of Homeland Security, via the State of Hawaii Department of Defense, to be used to enhance the capability of state and local units of government to prevent, deter, respond to, and recover from threats and incidents of terrorism, as well as “all hazards” catastrophic preparedness initiatives.

• Communication from the county attorney, requesting council approval to expend additional funds up to $100,000.00 for Special Counsel’s continued services to represent the County of Kauai in general civil litigation matters. The representation will include cases in federal court, the state courts, administrative contested cases, agency hearings and arbitrations.

• Communication from Councilmember Luke Evslin and Councilmember KipuKai Kuali‘i, transmitting for Council consideration, a proposed draft bill to allow the construction of tiny houses in all zoning districts.

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