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The Maui County Council is a nine-member legislative body of officials who are elected on at-large basis (i.e., all County voters can cast votes for all nine seats), one each from nine residency areas. Each Council member is elected for a two-year term.

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Jul 22

State catches up to counties on distracted-driving prohibition

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Office of Council Services

The Maui County Council will have its regular meeting on Thursday at 9 a.m.

Three years ago, citing the dangers of distracted driving, the Council enacted an ordinance to ban operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile electronic device.

The three other Hawaii counties have similar ordinances.

On May 20, Gov. Abercrombie signed Act 74 (2013) into law, banning text messaging and the use of handheld phones while driving throughout the state. The statute took effect July 1:

Maui County Council July25 meeting

A bill proposed by the County of Maui Chief of Police would repeal Maui County’s ordinance because it’s apparently no longer necessary. The bill is expected to be referred to committee at Thursday’s Council meeting.

Other proposed measures to be reviewed by the Council include:
1. A resolution granting a lease of County real property to Na Mamo O Mu’olea, a community group that is working in partnership with the County to preserve Mu’olea Point in Hana.
2. A trio of bills introduced by Councilmember Robert Carroll relating to landscape planting and beautification. The first bill, known as the Tree Bill, would prohibit any person from removing, relocating, or replacing identified trees without a permit.

The Council will consider reports on forfeiture funds, compliance reports,
monthly source and groundwater use reports and awards for grants and contracts from County departments.

Bills on second and final reading include:

Bill 52 (2013)
A bill to rename Waihee (Ball) Park to the Richard "Pablo" Caldito Park. 
Maui County Council Chair Gladys Baisa wrote about Tata Caldito for Chair’s 3 Minutes in The Maui News on Sunday.

Bill 53 (2013)
A bill to codify and establish an existing crosswalk fronting Paia Elementary School and amend the description of the crosswalk fronting the Alfred "Flako" Boteilho, Sr. Gym to reflect current geographic references.

Bill 54 (2013)
A bill to update Title 18 of the Maui County Code, relating to Subdivisions, clarifying the Department of Public Works’ responsibility for subdivisions and updating the procedure for processing applications

Bill 55 (2013)
A bill granting a request from the Association of Apartment Owners of Wells Street Professional Center for a change in zoning from Residential to Business District for approximately 7,568 square feet of property as a parking lot;

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