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Ask The Mayor

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

Q: There are no water fountains at the Upcountry Skate Park in Pukalani. What steps can community members take to change this?

A:It seems that someone already took steps to address this issue by bringing it up during my administration’s Upcountry community budget meeting last month. Our Department of Parks and Recreation has plans to install a water fountain by the restroom that is adjacent to the skate park. I know this water fountain will be very helpful and well-used by our keiki.

I’d like to remind all of our residents of the schedule for the remaining community meetings for the fiscal year 2020-21 (July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021) budget happening across Maui County. I strongly encourage everyone to come out and give your comments and suggestions to my administration as we develop the proposed budget.

Suggestions from the public will help us prioritize what is best for our community and understand how to better serve our residents. Tables will be set up to allow directors and staff from each county department to meet with members of the public, hear budget-related needs, listen to concerns and answer questions about various county-related issues. Community members with an interest in the county budget are encouraged to attend a meeting to offer input, either as individuals or on behalf of an organization. Both written and verbal comments will be accepted.

Each community meeting begins with an overview of the current budget, followed by approximately one hour for attendees to submit comments at the various department tables.

The remaining community budget meetings are: Paia Community Center, 5:30 p.m. today; Kihei Community Center, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; Mitchell Pauole Complex, Kaunakakai, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21; Hale Kupuna O Lanai (Hale Mahaolu), Lanai City, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22; Helene Hall, Hana, 5 p.m. Oct. 28.

For more information on the community meetings, contact the county budget office at 270-7855 or go to www.mauicounty.gov/Budget.

Q: I heard there was going to be a housing forum this month at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Can the public attend this event or is this only for contractors/developers?

A: Yes, you can attend this event. In fact, I encourage you to come and share it with your friends and family. The Maui Nui Attainable Housing Forum, which is being hosted by the County of Maui and Maui Chamber of Commerce, is set for Oct. 15 and 16 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The first day is free to everyone and the topic simply asks: “Are You Looking for Attainable Housing or Rentals?” It will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. and attendees will learn more about Maui County’s housing crisis, receive information on how to prepare for housing opportunities and participate in an open house to view displays of upcoming projects.

Hale Mahaolu will provide a condensed first-time homebuyers class, including details on credit to enable people to have a better idea of what they need to know and do, such as managing debt, to become successful homeowners. Participants will learn about common pitfalls and how they can prepare to qualify for mortgages.

The second day will cost $60 for attendees and include a continental breakfast and lunch. “Getting Attainable Housing & Rental Units Built” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16. People may apply for scholarships when submitting registration applications for the housing forum.

To register, visit www.MauiChamber.com or call 244-0081. Scholarship applications are submitted through the chamber.

* 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.