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Sep 10

Statement on restoration of trash pick-up on holidays and landfill hours

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Troy Hashimoto

Statement from Councilmember Mike White, Chair of the Maui County Council’s Budget and Finance Committee on the restoration of trash pick-up on holidays and landfill hours:

“I am pleased to hear that landfill hours and holiday trash pick-up will be restored. These services are vital to the lives of our residents and businesses.  I appreciate the public’s patience and dedication of our frontline solid waste employees for their continual hard work in a situation that could have been avoided. 

Cutting services should only be a last resort, not the first.  The administration used non-compliance fines as the reason for cutting services and the need for additional resources, but they have not had any violations since 2011.  The County is early in the fiscal year and the Department should have sufficient funds to fully operate. They received from the Council 99% of what they requested.

If the Department can explain and justify the necessity for more resources, I am always willing to listen and work cooperatively with the administration.  I will not, however, support requests for additional funding when it is unnecessary.”

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Sep 04

Statement on Budget Amendment to Restore Landfill and Trash Pick-up Services

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 9:34 AM by Troy Hashimoto

In response to the Mayor sending a budget amendment to the Council to restore landfill and trash pick-up services, Councilmember White provided the following statement:

"This is a problem manufactured by the administration.

As I have stated, the Mayor has the ability to provide the services that residents deserve and expect without any Council action. 

A budget amendment is not needed.

We are talking about $200,000 out of a budget of nearly $30,000,000.  It is crazy to think that administration cannot find a way to continue services uninterrupted, especially since they received a larger budget than last fiscal year. 

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Sep 04

Press Release: Council calls for immediate solutions to landfill hours and holiday trash pick-up

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 9:31 AM by Troy Hashimoto

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai‘i -- Budget and Finance Committee members called for the Arakawa administration to step-up, show leadership and solve the problem of holiday trash pick-up and the reduction in landfill hours.

“The impact on residents trash pick-up and access to landfill hours was caused by the administration, and in the short-term, can be easily fixed by them without Council action,” said Committee Chair Mike White.

“This is a problem manufactured by the administration,” said White.

“There is no rationale for the reduction in services.  We are talking about 1% of the budget that is in question, yet the administration is throwing recycling under the bus and putting trash pick-up and landfill operations in a tailspin,” he said.

Departments often remind the Council that they operate under a program budget to allow for flexibility in their operations to provide for core services, and cannot be told what to do by the legislative branch. 

“We have a crisis on our hands,” stated Council Chair Gladys Baisa. 

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