As I listen to the concerns of the voters in my district, I understand that it is important to focus on jobs, the economy, education and building a high school for the children of South Maui. Other issues in my district include affordable housing, healthcare, crime, drugs and the environment. My goal is to address a few of these issues each month.
This month, I would like to talk about the recent flooding on Maui, a Betsill Brothers construction project in Kīhei and legislation that I will introduce which carries penalties for those who commit cruelty to animals.
In January, there was a lot of flooding on Maui—particularly in Kīhei. Recently, I met with Director David Goode of the county Department of Public Works regarding the flooding in our district. I let Director Goode know that my office is willing to assist him in finding solutions to this problem at the state level.
George Fontaine Representing You
Rep. George Fontaine (R HD-11), Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena
Secondly, Betsill Brothers Construction Inc. has applied for a permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Honolulu District to construct four single-family dwellings in South Kīhei. The project will be on Waiohuli Street in the Waiohuli subdivision of Kīhei.
The developers are required to apply for a permit to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers because there will be cutting and filling required for the project, and a portion of the development overlaps designated wetlands. The permit is required by Section 404 of the Clear Water Act, which is a federation regulation.
Citizens may comment on permit file number POH-2008-00285 by contacting Peter Galloway at (808) 438-8416 or at Peter.C.Galloway@usace.army.mil.
Thirdly, I am working on introducing legislation to help prevent cruelty to animals. The bill will make it illegal to consume dog, cat or equine animal meat. The bill also defines cruelty to animals in the second degree with consequent penalties. As a pet owner myself, I feel that it is important to treat our pets in a respectful manner.
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