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Aug 19

Opening Remarks: Reflecting on this past week

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 12:19 PM by Troy Hashimoto

Councilmember White delivered opening remarks at the Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Council Meeting.

Over the past few weeks, there is much to reflect upon.

Maui had a serious threat of two hurricanes, our primary elections…… and of course, statehood day.

Although Maui had only minor damage from the tropical storm as compared to the Big Island, we must be extremely thankful, as our situation could have been much worse.  My deepest aloha goes out to the residents of Puna who are still recovering from damaged homes and slowly gaining back electricity. To everyone helping with recovery and giving donations we extend our deepest Mahalo.

I also send my deepest appreciation to our State and County employees along with our electrical crews for working overtime to clear the fallen trees and restore power for those of us who were impacted here on Maui. My home in Olinda was in an area that lost power with fallen trees blocking any ability to drive or even walk to town.  Considering the huge trees and damage, the crews were still very quick to respond and I thank them for all for their tremendous efforts!

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Many of us prepared days in advance for this storm, and some may be thinking that the preparation may have been unnecessary.  I cannot emphasize enough however, that it is always better to be safe and over prepared than to be sorry later.  Mother Nature is unpredictable and we must be diligent, as hurricane season continues thru November 30th.   

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Jul 16

Press Release: Committee to visit proposed relocation sites for county service center

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 3:18 PM by Troy Hashimoto

WAILUKU, Hawaii – On Monday, July 21, the Maui County Council’s Budget and Finance Committee will inspect two proposed sites for a new county service center in Central Maui, Committee Chair Mike White announced today.

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Monday’s site inspection is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on the mauka end of the vacant lot located at Waiale Road and Kaupo Street, at the driveway entrance nearest to Foodland, in the Kehalani Village Center in Wailuku.

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Jun 23

Statement on Mayor's line-item veto, Council approves override

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 10:14 AM by Troy Hashimoto

Although this veto represents democracy in action, it is important for residents to understand what is at risk.  The vetoes remove essential components of the budget specifically requested by the residents.  
  
Your Budget and Finance Committee held 26 meetings in the Council Chamber and 8 meetings in every district, including Hana, Molokai and Lanai.  Over 500 individuals provided testimony, 464 people mailed survey responses, and 308 people sent e-mails.  

Through extensive public input, the community requested the Council to address specific needs in the budget.  The people’s Council listened to the community by adopting a budget unanimously that will move the County forward not only for the upcoming year, but for generations to come.

I would like to address the specific concerns in the Mayor’s veto.

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