Council votes to probe Old Wailuku Post Office demolition funding

The Maui County Council voted Friday to move forward with a formal investigation into the potential misuse of county funds appropriated for rehabilitation of the Old Wailuku Post Office.

After nearly two hours of discussion at the County Council meeting, the measure passed with a vote of 5-3, with Council Member Don Guzman excused. Council Members Riki Hokama, Mike White, Michael Victorino, Elle Cochran and Stacy Crivello voted in favor of the resolution, while Council Member Don Couch, Council Vice Chairman Bob Carroll and Council Chairwoman Gladys Baisa voted against the measure.

Baisa said that while she agrees that there should be an investigation, she would feel more comfortable if the resolution was referred back to the council’s Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee in order to define specific parameters of the investigation, such as the methodology, language, costs and “what it will look like.”

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