Letter for Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Refresher on jungle living

Since we have so many new people moving over to Kaua‘i who have never lived in a place where you have to maintain the jungle year round, perhaps the county could enlighten them. People come here looking for the tropical feel, but don’t realize the maintenance issues that go along with it. We need to work on just a few things- haul your green waste away, keep your part of the stream cleared, and take care of your part of the county right of way.

People were told not to burn green waste but were never told to take it to the green waste station. Instead they pile it in the corner of their property, making the perfect pig and rat resort. We have pigs in the homesteads that come out at 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. and all night long. Hopefully you or your children don’t run into them? How about your kids in the back yard playing near your green waste pile? We have seen herds of them up here and need some pig control, but the best we can do is get rid of the things that attract them, green waste and not picking up the rotting fruit and vegetables .

The streams may be county or state owned but your property that abuts up against the stream is still your responsibility to maintain. These streams that by the way, in March took out a lot of properties, because some people maintained their frontage to the stream but their neighbors did not. So who should get sued, the lazy neighbor or the county? I vote for the lazy people.

No one can walk on the right of way (side of the road) in so many places on this island, and the county comes by and trims the bushes and trees for these people. The county should charge the homeowner for maintenance of the right of way. And make it a big fee, because our county and state workers have other more important things to do on this island.

Perhaps the county could make an ordinance or at least inform the public that people will need to dispose of their green waste and also maintain their property better. Help the people of Kaua‘i with teaching these people how to coexist with the jungle and their neighbors. Please be a considerate property owner.

Debi Dill, Wailua

1 Comments
  1. Everythingisawesome July 21, 2020 6:21 pm Reply

    “The county should charge the homeowner for maintenance of the right of way. And make it a big fee, because our county and state workers have other more important things to do on this island.”
    They do. It’s called property taxes.
    It is. Ask and owner and they will tell you how big the fee is.
    Name one. Maintaining infrastructure is what they are paid to do using tax dollars. Most of them do an excellent job and take pride in it.


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