Q: I wanted to know what is going on with the Kalama Wastewater station. Also, why the stink still in Kalama neighborhood? What is being done?
A: Contractors are working on an upgrade of the odor-control unit at the Kihei No. 6 Pump Station at Kalama Park. The county project involves rehabilitating the wetwell; the new odor-control unit is expected to alleviate the odor concerns at the pump station.
Q: My job requires me to locate houses. Many houses and properties do not have visible addresses. Is there a county ordinance requiring property owners to display their addresses? This would be helpful not only to me, but also to ambulance drivers, police and firefighters.
A: Yes. Maui County Code Chapter 12.32, "Numbering of Buildings," requires that all owners of buildings and property for which a street number or numbers have been assigned by the Department of Public Works shall "install on or affix to each building the number or numbers applicable thereto in such a manner as to be readily seen from the roadway." The code also specifies that the numbers should be at least two inches tall, and a different color than the background they are installed on. If a building is not visible from the roadway, the street number should be placed on a post, mailbox or other object near the property's driveway in a color that can be readily seen. Maui County Code Chapter 19.530.030 also provides for administrative enforcement, including a notice of violation, a civil fine not to exceed $1,000 or a civil fine not to exceed $1,000 per day that the violation persists.
Q: I wanted to bring to your attention the fact that my neighborhood is very dark. I don't feel safe at night, and it's difficult to see if someone is walking by or a bicyclist is passing when you're reversing your vehicle out of your driveway. Can we please have streetlights on our street? I live on Ainakea Road in Lahaina. It would be greatly appreciated if we could make that happen.
A: For county roads, such as Ainakea Road in Lahaina, new streetlights may be requested by first filling out a form with our Engineering Division of the Department of Public Works. The form can be found online at www.mauicounty.gov/engineering; click on "Street Light Application and Instructions." All requests for new lights must first be reviewed by the Outdoor Lighting Standards Committee, which will make a recommendation to the director. Recommendations approved by the director are then installed once any engineering and funding constraints are met.
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