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Wildfires have become a real concern on Maui. Maui Fire Department’s Deputy Fire Chief Brad Ventura, Darren Strand from Mahi Pono and Maui Electric Company’s Mahina Martin will speak on this significant threat.
Council member Alice Lee will discuss two proposed County ordinances now before the Maui County Council’s Water and Infrastructure Committee. She is seeking feedback from upcountry residents.
- The first ordinance regards reimbursements for waterline improvements in the County right-of-ways. It would limit subdivision water main extension reimbursements to $100,000, provide a consistent 50 percent reimbursement rate, and allow sub-dividers five years to complete the subdivision water system improvements. Rowena Dagdag-Andaya, Director of Public Works, will assist with answering any technical questions relating to the proposed bill.
- The second proposal regards two-lot subdivision improvement deferrals which would require improvements to existing streets for subdivisions creating two developable lots, except for an applicant on the priority Upcountry water meter list who qualifies for the exemption from fire protection mainline infrastructure improvements. Wendy Taomoto, Engineering Program Manager, Department of Water Supply will answer any technical questions relating to this water main extension bill.
For more information: 283-4376
Community Announcements - September 2019
State Department of Transportation officials announced that cameras currently have been placed at many intersections, including the following which may be of special interest to Upcountry residents:
- Haleakala Highway and Hana Highway.
- Airport Access Road and Hana Highway.
- Hana Highway and Baldwin Avenue in Paia.
- Haleakala Highway and Kula Highway near King Kaulike High School.
Maui 20 Year Transportation Plan Review
On September 27 the Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board will review a draft 20 year transportation plan for the county. The draft plan includes 84 specific projects that are spread over the entire island as well as 12 island-wide capital projects. The plan includes: Capacity projects focusing on resiliency and opportunities to encourage infill development; maintenance and preservation projects to address critical infrastructure needs; safety projects to address high-crash areas, complete streets project to provide travel options and promote health (think bikeways and walking paths); and transit projects to support affordability. The draft plan also includes some cost estimates as well as an attempt to identify funding sources, besides taxes.
The meeting starts at 09:00 hrs in Kalana Pakui Planning Conference Room at 250 S. High Street, Wailuku. All are welcome to attend or submit testimony online: https://mauimpo.org/public-testimony-form. A summary of the plan should be available at https://mauimpo.org/hele-mai-maui-2040 a few days prior to the September 27 meeting.
In October there will be an online survey about the draft Plan. Directions for accessing the survey will be provided when available.
There will also be a pop-up planning booth at the following events.
- 10/4 Wailuku Town Friday
- 10/11 Lahaina Town Friday
- 10/19 Upcountry Farmers' Market
- 10/25 Kihei Town Friday
- 10/26 Kahului Community Park Vision Zero Launch
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