Ask The Mayor

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

Q: Are there any plans to resurface the old airport road? This road is widely used by people going to Costco and the air cargo area, and there are potholes that can cause damage to your car.

A: Mahalo for the question and although this question concerns roadways under the state’s jurisdiction, I know this affects many of our residents and visitors. My staff contacted officials at the state Department of Transportation Airports Division, who will be looking into the issue. We were told, though, that crews paved Airport Road from the fire station to the heliport two years ago and have plans to address the remaining distance from the heliport to the cargo access road.

We do not have a definitive timeline for the second phase of paving work, but we will be working with the state and provide whatever assistance we can to help address these issues.

Q: I would like to know why Wailuku has no residential recycling bins like Kihei does.

A: The curbside recycling program, 3 Can Plan, was implemented in two pilot areas in Kihei back in 2012 and continues indefinitely due to high demand from residents in the area. This program did not expand islandwide after its first phase, but could if there was significant interest. Keep in mind, though, participating homes pay an extra fee per month on top of their refuse collection bill in order to continue under the program.

As described in its name, residents participating in the program receive three carts: one for rubbish gathered every week, a green cart for greenwaste gathered every other week, and a blue cart for mixed recyclables also gathered every other week.

For now, you can drop off plastic bottles No. 1 and No. 2, cardboard, newspaper, aluminum cans, bi-metal cans and glass at the nearest county residential recycling drop-box center. The closest one to Wailuku is located on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus off Wahinepio Avenue at Cameron Way. For more information on recycling drop boxes, visit www.mauicounty.gov/744/Residential-Recycling-Guidelines. For more information on the 3 Can Plan, visit www.mauicounty.gov/1869/Curbside-Collection—The-3-Can-Plan.

For any questions about recycling, call the County of Maui Recycling Hotline at 270-7880, email recycle.maui@mauicounty.gov or visit www.mauicounty.gov/recycle. For account billing questions, call 270-7720 and for missed pickups or cart replacements, call 270-7452.

Q: Can you tell me what is being done about the traffic congestion on South Kihei Road? The traffic signals are clearly not timed correctly at the intersections of Lipoa Street, Azeka Shopping Center and Piikea Avenue where they intersect with South Kihei Road. We recently spent over 10 minutes in traffic thinking there was an accident, but it turns out it was just the timing of these three traffic lights. Traffic was backed up all the way to Kauhaa Street to the north. For Kihei residents, this is very frustrating. Mahalo for any information.

A: Much mahalo for your question, and I can tell you that the Department of Public Works has since fixed the issue, thanks to your inquiry. This may have been due to a recent power outage, which would require recalibrating the timing of the traffic signals. To report traffic signal problems, please call the traffic signal office at 270-7910.

* 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.