AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE COUNTY OF MAUI
A New Beginning MAYOR VICTORINO’S INAUGURAL with Mayor STATE OFVictorino THE COUNTY ADDRESS What’s in this month’s issue? * Mayor Announces New Appointees * Ohana Connection * Department Spotlight - Planning Department
THE HSJ IS BACK! WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK! MAYORS.OFFICE@MAUICOUNTY.GOV
M AY O R ’ S MESSAGE Aloha kakou, In our first three months in office, we’ve battled wildfires. We prepared for and responded to severe winter storms; we witnessed a new confirmation process for all department heads; and we’ve submitted our first budget to the Maui County Council. We’ve done that and so much more. I say “we” knowing full well, for example, that our firefighters are those on the front lines, risking their lives. However, “we” are there, supporting them directly and indirectly, as one ‘ohana, united in serving the people of Maui County. Our Finance Department, Personnel Services, Budget Office, County Council and many others all work together to ensure firefighters – and all our 2,700 employees -not only get paid regularly but that their health care and retirement benefits are taken care of as well. Now, we’re seeing the rollout of Workday, our new human resources and payroll processing system. Beginning April 15, it promises to be transformational for our personnel management. It will provide county employees and managers easy access to information that was never readily available before. Now, we celebrate the return of “The High Street Journal,” our internal County of Maui newsletter. Mahalo to Editor and Assistant Communications Director Ryan Piros for pulling together this publication with its new, fresh look. This is a collaborative work in progress. We welcome your input for HSJ content, including photos, stories and news tips. Please contact Ryan at ryan.piros@ mauicounty.gov with newsletter contributions and suggestions. It would be great to have a contact person in each department to help gather HSJ material. Interested? Please contact Ryan. As many of you have probably heard me say -- “It’s not about me; it’s about we!” So let’s see this newsletter to reflect our spirit of aloha in providing outstanding customer service. Mahalo for your commitment and dedication to our people, for all you do, for all the sacrifices you make, every day, to make our community a better place to live. The High Street Journal is back for your reading pleasure!
Mahalo and aloha,
Michael P. Victorino Mayor, County of Maui
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: RYAN PIROS NEWS EDITORS: BRIAN PERRY CHRIS SUGIDONO PHOTOGRAPHY: CHRIS SUGIDONO ALAN FUKUYAMA RYAN PIROS LAYOUT/GRAPHICS: RYAN PIROS FEATURES/CONTRIBUTORS: CHARNAN CARROLL DANA ACOSTA DEIDRE TEGARDEN GERI ONAGA HERMAN ANDAYA JAIME PAA JASON LOPEZ KARIN PHANEUF RYLAN YATSUSHIRO SEAN GORDON TERRYL VENCL
THIS NEWSLETTER IS A MONTHLY PUBLICATION BY: OFFICE OF THE MAYOR KALANA O MAUI 9TH FLOOR 200 SOUTH HIGH STREET
MD MANA’O The High Street Journal is back by popular demand thanks to Mayor Victorino’s direction and with great effort from our Communications Team and all the contributors. Mana`o translates as a ”thought, idea, belief, opinion, theory, thesis, intention, meaning, or suggestion.” In this section of the newsletter I will share a variety of mana`o. There is a saying :
‘a‘ohe pau ka ‘ike i ka hālau ho‘okahi ...all knowledge is not learned in just one school... We should always be looking to gain knowledge from different sources. There are many sources of knowledge right here within the County. Check with your supervisor, admin officer or the Department of Personnel Services. There are formal classes as well as informal opportunities that can assist you in gaining the knowledge and skills required to successfully perform your duties.
WAILUKU, HI 96793 (808) 270-7855 MAYORS.OFFICE@CO.MAUI.HI.US
Become a life-long learner by seeking sources of knowledge and taking time to learn and grow. A hui hou, Sandy Baz Managing Director
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Mayor Victorino Announces Appointees Poll: Nakagawa takes the place of Michael Miyamoto, who resigned as of the close of business April 1 as director of the Department of Environmental Management.
What’s Your Favorite Easter Candy?
We’re having a debate here in the office-We can’t agree on the tastiest Easter candy. It’s obviously the Reese’s peanut butter egg, but some of the other staff seem to think differently.
Mayor Victorino announced that Lori Tsuhako is acting director of the Department of Housing and Human Concerns. The new deputy director is Linda Munsell, most recently the department’s assistant housing administrator. Tsuhako is a 1984 graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with bachelor and master’s degrees in social work. She served as deputy director of the Department of Housing and Human Concerns and in 2007 under former Mayor Charmaine Tavares and then stepped up as director from 2008 to 2011.
Nakagawa has been the department’s Wastewater Reclamation Division chief since March 2011, and for 10 years before that he was a Maui County civil engineer with the division. Nakagawa has a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from Seattle University. He is a licensed and registered professional engineer.
We don’t know what it is about Easter candy, but it’s way better than any of the other stuff they sell around holidays.
Don Guzman was appointed as Prosecuting Attorney, after the retirement of John Kim.
Which is your favorite Easter candy?
Wouldn’t you agree? So let’s settle the debate once and for all by taking a poll.
We’re dying to know.
Which is your favorite Easter candy? Munsell also oversaw grants and program budgets, and represented the county at state and local levels. She also worked in human resources for an information technology service management company in California. Munsell graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management and associate’s degrees in accounting and horticulture.
Guzman, a three-term council member of Kahului, chaired the Legal Affairs Committee and served as vice chair of the County Council. He also ran his own private practice in business, family, criminal and other law for over a decade Guzman received his Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University and his Bachelor of Arts and Science from Creighton University.
1) Chocolate bunnies 2) Reese’s peanut butter eggs 3) Peeps Cadbury mini eggs 4) Cadbury creme eggs 5) Jelly beans 6) Malted eggs 7) Other
Rowena Dagdag-Andaya and Eric Nakagawa are his nominees as directors of the departments of Public Works and Environmental Management, respectively.
Moana Lutey was nominated to serve as corporation counsel for the County of Maui, replacing Patrick Wong. “Ms. Lutey is an excellent attorney with the legal experience to ably lead the Department of the Corporation Counsel,” Mayor Victorino said. Dagdag-Andaya has served as deputy Public Works director since 2011. She is a 1999 graduate of Gonzaga University. She replaces David Goode, who retired March 31. A deputy director for the department will be named at a later date. If confirmed, Dagdag-Andaya would be the first female director of Maui County’s Department of Public Works.
A graduate of Lahainaluna High School, Ms. Lutey has been a Deputy Corporation Counsel for a total of 18 years, overseeing the litigation section for approximately 12 years. Prior to working in Corporation Counsel, Ms. Lutey was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Maui. She received her law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law in 1994.
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Mayor’s Community Liaisons Listen to East Maui Concerns By: Terryl Vencl
Mayor Victorino’s East Maui Community Liaison, Bill Medeiros and his Community Liaison for Tourism, Terryl Vencl visited Kaupo on Saturday, March 16th to attend the Kaupo Community Association Meeting. Both staff members were well received by the Kaupo Community and very appreciative that Mayor Victorino had sent his staff on a Saturday. Mayor’s Liaisons listened to the concerns of the community and learned of the many things happening in the community. It was good to hear that soon the restoration of the Kaupo School and Teachers cottage with restrooms are near a starting point. They still need water and septic consideration from the County. Further, they shared their concerns with Vencl regarding the growth of tours coming through and respect that needs to be shown by a few companies and visitors. They are working with Hana Highway Administration on ideas that effect both areas. Vencl will take the information back to her Tourism group for discussion. Medeiros will follow up on conditions of their roadway and also advocating for military veterans.
BACK IN THE DAY
The building in the front was the old county building, currently the Kalana Pakui. The building in the middle was the old police station -in front of where where Kalana o Maui now stands; then in the back is the old court house - which houses the prosecuting attorneys’ offices.
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Mayor Victorino Proposes First Budget For His Administration
Mayor Michael Victorino proposed his administration’s first budget to Maui County Council members on Monday afternoon, calling it a fiscally responsible and balanced spending program to invest in the future of Maui County. Mayor Victorino’s spending priorities include operational costs for health, safety and public service; completion of ongoing projects; and fulfilling our obligations to employees – current and retired – with health and retirement benefits. “Much thanks to Budget Director Michele Yoshimura and her staff and to department heads for their long hours and hard work in preparing this, my first budget,” Mayor Victorino said. “I’m proud to present this proposed fiscal 2020 budget to Maui County Council members.” The proposed FY 2020 budget totals $869.5 million, which includes revolving and special funds, transfers between funds and expected grant and other outside revenue. Total county funds, including bonds for FY 2020, are estimated at $780.8 million, a $22.5 million increase, or 3 percent, more than the FY 2019 council-approved budget of $758.3 million.
Budget Highlights: Attainable housing – an additional 1 percent, or $3.37 million, on top of the required 2 percent of real property tax revenues, bringing the total to $10.1 million to the Affordable Housing Fund. Attainable housing funding through appropriations from the Affordable Housing Fund, including Hale Mahaolu Ewalu Senior Housing, Lanai Affordable Housing, work on the University of Hawaii Maui College dormitory renovation project and rental apartments in Lahaina. Coqui frog eradication and environmental protection – $4 million Open the Central Maui Landfill on one Sunday per month
A proposal to spend $22.1 million in social services; $26.9 million in housing assistance (including Section 8); and $14.6 million in other grants.
Haiku Park Restroom – $500,000
An investment in arts and education with funding for improvements and upkeep of facilities.
Lanai Community Improvements – $2.5 million Hana Community Improvements – $1.6 million
Infrastructure improvements and funding to complete ongoing projects, including reconstruction of the War Memorial Stadium parking lot and installing photovoltaic.
The spending plan proposes an increase of 54.5 equivalent positions, out of a total of approximately 2,700 employees. These increased positions include investment in future generations with the reinstatement of the Cadet Program for the Police Department; interns for the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney and an economic specialist in the field of technology.
A focus on Upcountry and other dire countywide roadway improvements – $35.7 million. Purchase of land in Hana for conservation, recreation, historical, cultural and other values – $2.25 million Critical Capital Improvement Projects (figures rounded): West Maui Recycled Water System Expansion – $11 million Countywide Road Resurfacing and Pavement Preservation – $5.7 million War Memorial Complex Paving Improvements – $2.75 million Kaupakalua Road Pavement Reconstruction – $2.25 million South Kihei Road Sidewalks Improvements – $1.9 million
Molokai Community Improvements – $3.1 million
With an estimated real property tax income of $337.2 million, the Victorino administration is proposing nominal increases in four property tax classifications and a decrease of 9.6 percent, or $1.48, for timeshare units. The increases would affect commercial, up by 14 cents per $1,000 of valuation; industrial, up by 3 cents per thousand; hotel and resort, up by 23 cents per thousand; and short-term rental, up by 27 cents per thousand. Proposed increases for rates and fees: Solid waste landfill tipping fee, from $97 per ton to $103 per ton Residential refuse collection, a $1 increase from $32 to $33 per month Wastewater-sewer fees, increase an average of 6 percent Water, increase an average of 3 percent Biodiesel fuel tax, to 12 cents per gallon (In FY 2019, a highway improvement fee was imposed on electric and hybrid vehicles.)
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DEPARTMENT SPOTLIGHT By: Karin Phaneuf Each month we will feature a department and highlight their accomplishments, recognice the emplyees that went ”above and beyond” and introduce new employees within that department. This month we will take a look at the Planning Department. In 2019, the Planning Department started with a BANG. Kate Blystone, Planner V in the Long Range Division, received not one, but (drum roll please) TWO trophies from coworkers Jen Maydan, Planner VI in Long Rang, and Tara Owens, our Coastal Hazards Specialist with the UH Sea Grant Program-Maui, in January.
Kate Blystone and Jen Maydan – Long Range Planning Division.
Jen Maydan gave Kate the Above and Beyond award because “Kate has been with the Planning Department Long Range Division just over six months, and in that short time she has proven to be an amazing addition to the Long Range team. She approaches her work in a creative and fun way and always brings positive energy and laughter to the team. Kate has genuine enthusiasm for working with communities and she is one of the most passionate planners I know. She is always willing to take on a task, no matter how mundane or complex. She always goes above and beyond!”
The Department of Planning welcomed several new employees and the new Deputy Director. JORDAN HART, follows his father, CHRIS HART, who began working as a Planner V at the Department of Planning in 1976 and was appointed Director in 1980. Chris managed the Department of Planning until 1991. Maui mourned the loss of Jordan’s dad in 2012. KEANU LAU HEE - transferred from Maui Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) where she worked as a Civil Defense Specialist IV to the Department of Planning as a Planner IV. We know that she will be sorely missed at MEMA.
In 1992, Chris established Chris Hart & Partners, Inc. (CHP) Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning firm. Jordan was President of CHP before accepting his new appointment as Deputy Director.
AGNES NOLAN - Secretary I to Current Division Chief Clayton Yoshida, BACK AT PLANNING! Agnes was the Private Secretary to the Water Director from 2011 until she returned in January.
Kate Blystone and Tara Owens from Current “Coastal” Division
Tara Owens said that Kate exudes some of the most desirable qualities of a collaborative person and planner. Immediately after joining the Department, Kate demonstrated her willingness to roll up her sleeves, ask questions, get up to speed on the issues and do it all collaboratively with energy and optimism. Sounds too good to be true? That’s our KATE!
JAIME PAA - Information/Publicity Technician in Long Range. Jaime worked for Mayor Arakawa and also in OED since 2013.
SCOTT FORSYTHE - joined the Planning Department team as the “Small Town Planner” (Planner V) in the Current Division. He has experience working as a Planner in both California and on Oahu.
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Are You prepared? Seek High Ground When a Tsunami Strikes... By: Charnan Carroll & Herman Andaya On April 1, 1946, one of the deadliest tsunamis to ever hit Hawaii caused widespread devastation on all islands. Generated by an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands, the massive tsunami took 159 lives and caused more than $26 million in damage. April was chosen as the month to honor and remember the lives lost in all tsunamis to hit the state.
Upon hearing any warning sirens, the public should tune immediately to a Maui radio station for updates and the latest information.
Maui Emergency Management Agency encourages the public to take tsunami preparedness actions this April during Tsunami Awareness Month.
During the month of April, Maui Emergency Management Agency will share tsunami information on our Facebook page and feature videos providing information about the science behind tsunamis, warning signs of a tsunami, and helpful tips about how to prepare for and respond to a tsunami warning.
Know the natural warning signs that a tsunami may be imminent. Signs include: rapidly rising or receding water from the ocean; the sound of a locomotive or jet plane coming from the ocean; and empty beaches. People located within a tsunami evacuation zone should quickly move to higher ground, or inland until they are at least 100 feet above sea level, while avoiding steep cliffs and watching for falling rocks.
If you live, work, or play at the coast, you should prepare for tsunamis. Tsunamis may not occur very often, but they pose a major threat to coastal communities. While they cannot be prevented, there are things you can do that could save your life and the lives of your loved ones.
1. Be Informed
Tsunami Evacuation Maps for Maui County coast lines are available on the Maui County web site at www.mauicounty.gov/261/TsunamiEvacuation-Maps.
2. Make a Plan
During a tsunami threat, people only have hours â€“ sometimes minutes â€“ to move to safety. For this reason, it is crucial that families and individuals have their emergency go-kits ready ahead of time and emergency plans up to date so they can quickly respond and react in a safe
and efficient manner. 3. Be Prepared
For distantly generated tsunamis, outdoor warning sirens will sound statewide. For locally generated tsunamis, however, there may not be sufficient time to sound sirens. If you are near the ocean and feel a strong earthquake, immediately move to higher ground.
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West Maui Community Design Workshops and Open Houses a Success By: Jaime Paa format, discussing what they wanted to stay the same and what they wanted to change during the 20-year life of the West Maui Community Plan.
More than 150 people came to the West Maui Senior Center on April 3 and 6 to learn about the newly updated Community Plan Designations, as well as view and provide input on maps of four possible planning alternatives for West Maui. Participants had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the colors, descriptions and example imagery of 14 Community Plan Designations before reviewing maps of the planning alternatives. The alternatives were based on public input received over the past two years and guidance from the Maui Island Plan, and showed possible development over the next 20 years ranging from minimal to significant. Participants were asked to share what they liked and disliked about each planning alternative. The open houses followed a series of Community Design workshops that were held in early February in four West Maui subareas - Lahaina, Kā‘anapali, Ukumehame and Kapalua. During those workshops, more than 250 participants engaged with each other in a small group
“This community really cares about its future and the way they showed up to participate proves that,” said Maui County Long-Range Division Chief Pam Eaton. “Through these community events, and those we’ve held previously, we have a ton of great ideas to include in the West Maui Community Plan update.”
Summaries of all public engagement activities, including the recent open houses and four workshops in February, can be found at www. wearemaui.org/events/recaps. For more information on the West Maui Community Plan update, visit www.wearemaui.org, or go to the Facebook page at www.facebook. com/wearemaui, and Instagram handle @ wearemaui.
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Jerico San Agustin wins bronze at 2019 U.S. Open Jerico San Agustin is the son Rico San Agustin, Central Maintenance Electronic Technician 1 for the Wastewater Department. Jerico is a member of Kiffmann’s Maui elite Taekwondo, earned a bronze medal at the U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships that was held in Las Vegas on Feb 28. Despite an injured foot, Jerico won his first three matches in the junior sparring (15-17) male flyweight (48 kilograms) division. The U.S. Open included over 2,400 elite black belt athletes, including olympians, from 80 countries.
RPA/Collections celebrated birthdays for the first quarter of the year with scrumptious cakes from Hoi Hoi Hawaiian Bakery - Chocolate Ganache, Fresh Cream and Lilikoi/mango mousse. Pictured left to right: Leizel Canosa (Tax Clerk I), Kristin Shimada (Appraiser II), Lisa Garcia (Tax Maps and Records Technician II), Ryvette Figueroa (Commission Support Clerk) , Justin Jensen (Tax Clerk I), and Nicholas Schlag (Property Valuation Analyst III). Mayor’s Office Chief-of-Staff Deidre Tegarden wanted to send a shout out to Amanda Manning of the Kihei DMV for her “above and beyond” service. Deidre’s husband received outstanding customer service from Amanda as did the customers before him.
WORKDAY IS HERE! Today is a brand new Workday at the County of Maui as the Workday project team is excited to announce the launch of Workday! Workday streamlines our human resources and payroll functions and replaces our existing Employee and Manager Self-Service systems. The County of Maui’s investment in Workday represents how much we value YOU, our employees, and the importance we place on providing you with greater insight and ease of access to your personal and professional information. Over 1,400 of you have either attended a Workday Road Show, Open House, Super Users meeting or a Workday Basics class over the past several months and we thank you for your enthusiastic participation!
Tennis Pro to the ”MAX” Max Linder, a graduate of Sacred Hearts School and Lahainaluna H.S. class of 2015, is graduating from Methodist University in Fayetteville N.C May 4th. Max earned his degree in Business Administration with a major in Pro Tennis Management. The son of Tony and Sue Linder, Tony is the Department of Water Supply, W.T.P. Division Chief. Max accepted a position with the Westwood Swim and Tennis club in Winston/Salem N.C. as head tennis pro and administrator. Congratualtions to Max for earning his pro tennis certificatio and currently a teaching pro working at various east coast clubs.
During the past year, the Workday project team has spent time adjusting and testing Workday so that it fits our needs here at the County. Many of you have seen the progress and we are so happy with the gains we’ve made. During this first phase of Workday you will be able to view your payslips, adjust tax information, update your benefits, update your contact and emergency contact information and much more. We are still testing and configuring Workday to meet our time tracking needs but we look forward to that next phase. We’re confident that all County of Maui employees will benefit from the Workday team’s dedication and commitment towards making this project a success and we continue to extend our greatest MAHALO to all the testers and the team for their hard work!
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West District Completes its 35th Annual West Maui Youth Basketball League
By: Sean Gordon & Jason Lopez, Dept. of Parks & Recreation
The West district recreation staff recently completed the 35th season of our West Maui Youth Basketball League (WMYBL). The season culminated on Saturday, March 23, with the all-star games for the Tiny Mite (1st and 2nd grade) Pee Wee (3rd, 4th and 5th grade) and Midget division (6th, 7th, 8th grade). There were more than 400 youth participating in the league in four different age group divisions. The Termite division was comprised of Kindergartners. This division is an introductory level program that introduces participants to the game of basketball. This division has 3 games, but does not have an All-star game. The Tiny Mite division (8 teams) played an 8 game schedule. The Pee Wee division (12 teams) played a 9 game schedule and the Midget division (8 teams) played a 10 game schedule. The West district staff would like to express their extreme gratitude for everyone that made WMYBL such a successful program, most importantly to all of the volunteer coaches for their hard work and dedication for our keiki! DPRâ€™s West District Youth Volleyball League Sign-ups in Progress The Parks & Recreation Departmentâ€™s West District is currently accepting registration for the 4th season of its West Maui Youth Volleyball League. League is open to boys and girls in the 5th - 8th grades. Please call Yolanda Dukes 270-4317 for more information.
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Pet waste on the ground means E.coli in our
Clean up after your pup. Even if you don't live near water, the fertilizer, pet waste, motor oil and other pollutants from your yard can end up in our streams and oceans.
www.mauicounty.gov/stormwater Derived from www.pollutionisntpretty.org
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THE BEST YEARS BEGIN AT 55
Kaunoa makes retirement feel like the BEST years! BY: Dana L. Acosta, Kaunoa Senior Services, DHHC Exploring life at 55! Kaunoa serves seniors in many ways, from the active and able-bodied to the frail, isolated homebound. Organized group activities and classes, as well as volunteer options, keep seniors active, engaged and focused on staying healthy and connected to the community.
The County of Maui offers a wide variety of Wellness activities for adults ages 55 and better. Staying physically active and continuing to learn new skills is critical for increasing our Healthspan – the period of our lives when we are healthy, productive, and independent. For a complete listing of all of Kaunoa’s activities and volunteer opportunities, call 270-7308 or 2704310, or email seniorservices_hhc@ co.maui.hi.us to receive The Best Years, Kaunoa’s monthly newsletter.
In fiscal year 2018, MOW staff and volunteers delivered over 127,000 meals throughout Maui County, including Molokai and Lanai. Throughout the year, 52 dedicated volunteers contributed over 4,000 volunteer service hours. As expressed by one of the volunteers, “Meals on Wheels is such a special part of our lives.”
Since 1976, the County of Maui has provided healthy and nutritious mid-day meals to homebound kupuna and their caregivers through the Department of Housing and Human Concerns Kaunoa Meals on Wheels (MOW) Program. Participants and their families say that the home delivered meal service is important to maintaining their health, helps them live independently and improves their overall quality of life. In addition to weekday meals, MOW provides support to keep kupuna in their home, thus reducing the burden of hospital and nursing home costs.
If you or someone you know is interested in exploring volunteer options with Kaunoa’s MOW program, contact Nalani Podlewski @ 270-7321 for an application. Requirements include: valid driver’s license, current motor vehicle registration, safety check and insurance. Commitment: once a week OR 1 – 2 times per month, Monday – Friday (no holidays), between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
CONNECT TO DISCONNECT The Maui Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies nationwide during the “Connect to Disconnect (C2D)” high-visibility enforcement campaign. This effort will combine increased enforcement of distracted driving laws with advertising and media outreach to gain voluntary compliance. Violating Hawaii’s Mobile Electronic Device (MED) law will result in a fine of $297; $347 if in a school or construction zone. MEDs include, but are not limited to: cellphones, tablet computers, digital cameras and gaming devices. The Maui Police Department urges all drivers to remember to use a hands free device, pull over or just wait until they reach their destination before using any Mobile Electronic Device. Our primary goal during the operation is to make the roadways of Maui County safe for the entire public to use by reducing the number of motor vehicle collisions caused by distracted driving. In 2016, NHTSA estimated 3,450 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers. During the daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cellphones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads. Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes. Texting is the most dangerous distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing. Anytime someone takes their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or mind of the task of driving, they risk causing an accident. No one has the right to put another person’s life at risk.
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It’s no dirty secret: Soil is a HIGH PRIORITY water pollutant! You may be surprised to know that soil erosion is a big threat to into Maui’s streams and coastal waters. Soil clogs waterways, hurts aquatic life, and carries landbased sources of pollution that contaminate the water we value. Soil carrying nutrients can also cause algae to Sediment and algae pollution near a reef in Maui. Photo by CORAL staff
grow, which blocks sunlight essential for coral growth.
Please Kōkua Plant shrubs and trees to capture rainfall and reduce storm water runoff Seed and mulch bare soil Repair and stabilize eroded areas Minimize the time soil is exposed during home construction or landscaping
What goes on the ground ends up in our
GOAL: Reduce water quality impacts of land-disturbance activities through the design and implementation of effective erosion prevention and sediment control. The County regulates construction storm water discharge through grading and subdivision permits, and requires developers to prepare a Stormwater Runoff Control Practices and Maintenance Plan. The County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit also requires the County to put into place additional measures to improve construction and postconstruction storm water quality on County and privately owned projects.
The County’s goal is, to the maximum extent feasible, to have runoff directed
to vegetated areas, gravel or sand pits, retention ponds, vegetated swales, tree wells, planter areas, porous pavements, or other treatment devices. BMPs come in all shapes and sizes, but have one common goal—Protect Water Quality! First line of defense is erosion control as it protects the soil surface. Sediment control BMPs are implemented to remove soil particles that have already become entrained in wind or water. Erosion Control BMPs
Sediment Control BMPs
Planning, scheduling & phasing
Even if you don't live near water, the fertilizer, pet waste, motor oil and other pollutants from your yard can end up in our streams and oceans.
Sand bag barrier
Sodding, mulching, and erosion blankets
Rock or compost filter
Maintain existing vegetation
Storm drain inlet protection
Temporary drains and swales
Sediment Trap or Basin
Derived from www.pollutionisntpretty.org
S.O.S Save Our Soil!
Vegetated filter strip & buffer
April Edition of the HSJ for the County of Maui