Viewpoint: County needs to move into 21st century

More than 40 years ago, our Maui County officials had the foresight to build the Kalana O Maui county building, which we still use to this day.

Elected officials conduct their business there, members of the community go there to pay their bills and testify at public meetings and county workers make use of every office and closet space.

In other words, it is a well-used building, and we thank those who came before us for thinking ahead and planning for the future.

For this reason, we thank our present Maui County Council members for being reasonable and logical when it comes to the demolition of the Old Wailuku Post Office.

The old post office was unusable, filled with asbestos, lead, black mold and bad wiring and had water damage. The Cost of Government Commission recommended two years ago that this building should be demolished and a new building constructed in its place, one that would properly serve this community.

Maui County could save more than a million dollars in rent annually by moving our departments out of One Main Plaza and into a new facility. The Wailuku community would benefit because county workers would be able to park at the new facility, which would free up parking for the public.

This is a good project, and we have been open and willing to work with the council and the community. If there have been any misunderstandings along the way, we look forward to setting things right.

Like our counterparts more than 40 years ago, the administration and Maui County Council need to work together in order to move forward. Not just in regard to the Old Wailuku Post Office project but also the many other projects that we have out there.

We have roads to fix, a water system to update and a sewage system that we need to maintain. Every day the county has business to do, whether it involves picking up garbage, patrolling the streets or fighting fires.

We’re trying to bring Maui County into the 21st century, which is why we’re placing photovoltaic panels on our facilities and looking at turning our trash into energy. Some of our pools and gymnasiums are 50 years old and it is time to look at replacing them or improving them in some way.

In all of these things we need the cooperation of our Maui County Council members. We look forward to working with them as always and hope that we can do good things together for our community.

* Keith Regan is the county’s managing director.