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County on Your Corner

Maui leaders get up close and personal with the community.

March 10, 2011
Trisha Smith
Editorial Assistant

Whether they’re your friend, neighbor or a frequent shopper at your regular local market as well, it’s not uncommon to run into your district’s representatives and engage in cordial—possibly heated—conversation. Maui County leaders make it a point to be visible and in touch with their constituents. Well, at least the quality ones do…

Mayor Alan Arakawa launched his newest initiative, “County on Your Corner,” last Saturday, March 5, outside Longs Drugs in the Maui Mall. The project strives to give the public an opportunity to present questions and provide input regarding county issues to him and his cabinet members in a casual setting.

The persistent drizzle last Saturday morning didn’t dampen the spirits of the nearly 100 community members who attended the County on Your Corner inaugural monthly event, according to the Mayor’s Special Projects Coordinator Lynn Araki-Regan.

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Mayor Alan Arakawa launched his newest initiative, “County on Your Corner,” last Saturday, March 5, outside Longs Drugs in the Maui Mall. The project strives to give the public an opportunity to present questions and provide input regarding county issues to him and his cabinet members in a casual setting.

Along with the mayor, Public Works Director David Goode and Environmental Coordinator Rob Parsons (center) were on-hand to talk story with residents, who raised questions about issues such as: when and if South Kïhei Road will be repaved; what preparations are being made regarding floods; green energy alternatives; and why areas such as Baldwin Avenue aren’t ADA-friendly.

“Everyone’s been pretty gracious and posed a lot of smart questions,” said Parsons, adding that even the “chem trails” protesters were reasonable as they were escorted off the Longs property by mall security. “We’re all entitled to our opinions.”

“It is important to connect with the community,” said Arakawa. “County on Your Corner, which will typically be scheduled on the first Saturday of the month in a different location each time, is a good way for us to interact with our constituents on issues that are of most interest to them.”

The next County on Your Corner is tentatively scheduled for Upcountry on Saturday, April 2, outside of Pukalani Superette, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

 
 
 

 

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