Da Shadow: Fuji Beach hedges, Kapa‘a storm drain

• 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.

Kapa‘a storm drain

There is a dilapidated water drain at the back of the Kapa‘a First Hawaiian Church. The county recently put a barricade to delineate its location. When will this drainage be fixed?

The County of Kaua‘i is aware of the drain grating, and is currently working with a contractor to provide pricing and a timeline for the project.

Fuji Beach hedges

The hedges in this area need to be trimmed, as they are blocking views for motorists. This is an on-going concern that has not been addressed.

In February the Department of Public Works sent a letter to the property owner on the corner of Moanakai Road and Panihi Road, requesting compliance with Kaua‘i County Code Section 16.20.4(a), which prohibits sight obstructions within a radius of 30 feet from the property line at intersections. As of today, a response has not been received from the property owner; Engineering Division will follow up with the property owner. In addition, Engineering Division will investigate the intersection of Moanakai Road and Makaha Road and, if necessary, draft a letter reminding the private land owner of their responsibility to remove obstructions. Lastly, the longer-term solution being worked on by Public Works in conjunction with the County Attorney’s office is to finalize a right-of-way ordinance to provide Roads Division options and enforcement abilities to clear right-of-way obstructions such as these.

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Jerome Freitas can be reached at theshadow96751@gmail.com or 635-3528. Visit his website at http://theshadow96746.tripod.com.

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