Mayor Alan Arakawa signed and transmitted a budget amendment today that would fully restore landfill hours and holiday trash pick-up for Maui County refuse customers.
The amendment now goes to council for review and approval. The amendment is needed to pay for positions that are required to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
“This is a chance for council to make things right for residents, who have had their trash left on the side of the road since these cutbacks went into effect,” said Mayor Arakawa. “We told them we needed certain positions to keep the landfill open and not get fined by the DOH and this amendment will make up the difference.”
Mayor Arakawa said it was his hope to discuss this with the Budget and Finance Committee meeting yesterday, but was told by Committee Chair Mike White that he would not recognize the mayor or allow him to speak.
“It is really sad that Councilman White has let his personal feelings get in the way of doing what we should be doing, which is servicing the public. I only wanted a few minutes to explain my proposal and he flat out refused. It is a shame that it is has come to this. Freedom of Speech is important for everyone, whether you are a mayor, a councilman or a member of the public. We should all be allowed to express ourselves in a public forum.”
Mayor Arakawa urged those who want trash services to be restored to contact their council member and to ask them to approve the budget amendment.