Ask The Mayor

Q: What are the three concepts being mulled for the South Maui Community Park? I read that all of the concepts include a small amphitheater, walking paths and a sports field. Will there also be more parking?

A: I am very excited for this much-needed project in our South Maui community and I am more than happy to share the three proposed concepts. I’d like to add that all of the options include more parking, open space and sports courts for pickleball, tennis and/or basketball.

The first concept focuses on meeting community needs for adult sports facilities and calls for soccer and baseball fields. However, this option comes with the highest construction costs, requires substantial site grading and modifications and has the greatest demand for parking.

The second concept focuses on providing recreational opportunities for the broadest range of age groups and abilities. This option emphasizes a flexible community events area and multiuse open space, while still meeting the community’s need for a full-size regulation soccer field.

The third concept focuses on balancing dedicated sport facilities with a variety of alternative recreational opportunities, but excludes the baseball field. This option also includes a dog park divided into separate spaces for big and small dogs, as well as a picnic area.

These options were prepared with the help of a seven-person advisory committee composed of South Maui residents. The group represents a broad range of interests and perspectives and their insights were invaluable in developing the options.

I’d like to remind everyone that this master plan update concentrates on the undeveloped portion of the park, between the new, under-construction South Maui gymnasium and East Welakahao Road.

I highly encourage all South Maui residents to provide their comments on the three concepts during the Department of Parks and Recreation’s open house from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kenolio Recreation Center. You can drop by anytime. Parks staff will provide sketches of the concepts and times when residents may talk with the project’s design team and county staff.

For more information, call parks department planner David Yamashita at 270-6508 or email david.yamashita@mauicounty.gov.

Q: Where do we recycle old car batteries? We asked several recycling places if they take them, and the answer was no. They didn’t know where we could drop them off. We asked friends and colleagues, and we received false and wrong answers. What do we do?

A: My staff contacted several businesses and found most auto parts stores recycle lead-acid car batteries for free. If you have more than a few car batteries, though, they asked that residents call ahead of time to make an appointment. Store locations include E&H International, NAPA Auto Parts and Interstate Batteries.

Starting this month, the county Department of Environmental Management’s Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division is hosting a series of hazardous waste collection events in East Maui and on Lanai. The annual collection on Maui for household hazardous waste will be held on March 24 by appointment only. Please call (855) 325-3222 for appointment and location.

East Maui residents will be able dispose of old car batteries at the Hana Landfill from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28 to March 2. Other acceptable items include large appliances, up to 15 auto tires, propane tanks and scrap metals. Accepted appliances include refrigerators, freezers, A/C units, water coolers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, ranges/stoves and water heaters. Electronic items include computers, monitors, printers and TVs.

Lanai residents also may dispose of their old car batteries at the Pulama Lanai Fleet Yard from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16. Other accepted items include refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, microwaves, water heaters, air-conditioning units, tires, household appliances, propane tanks and scrap metal. Electronics are not accepted.

Molokai residents may deliver auto batteries, scrap metals, large appliances, tires, and propane tanks to the Molokai Metals Facility located at the Molokai Landfill during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

It’s vitally important that we recycle our car batteries since nearly 90 percent of all lead-acid batteries are recycled. Old car batteries must be properly recycled because they are banned from our landfills. If they are illegally dumped, the casings corrode and can lead to chemicals leaching into soils and eventually reaching our water supply as well as oceans. Scientists have linked lead to birth defects and to neurological and developmental damage.

For more information about these county recycling events, call the county Abandoned Vehicles and Metals Office at (808) 270-8217 or visit www.mauicounty.gov/eps.

* Want to Ask the Mayor? Submit your Maui County related questions to Mayor Michael Victorino by email at askthemayor@mauicounty.gov, by phone at 270-7855 or by mail at 200 S. High St., ninth floor, Wailuku 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column; to request a personal response to a concern, email mayors.office@mauicounty.gov.

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