Q: Will there be another "Open House" at the county building for people to talk to different departments regarding county building permits?
A: The next Permitting Open House will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. June 26. The session will be held at the Mayor's Conference Room on the ninth floor of the county building and will include staff from the departments of Public Works, Fire, Water Supply, Planning and Environmental Management. The representatives will be on hand to help answer and route questions related to the permitting process.
Q: According to the state attorney general's office, as quoted last month in a local newspaper, gun registrations and gun sales went up by a huge percentage in Maui County in 2012, as compared with 2011 (and other years including 2002). I don't believe hunting has increased here. With the recent elementary school lockdown due to hearing of someone with a gun coming over the school's fence, as well as an increase in domestic violence shootings and murders increasing in recent years, do you have any ideas as to what can be done for gun control here?
A: Although gun registration has increased in Maui County, our chief of police confirms that Hawaii's gun laws are among the strictest in the nation. Maui Police Department's firearms registration specialists exercise equally strict applicant compliance procedures with fairness and professionalism. MPD allocates its resources in ways that prevent crime and apprehend those who commit crime. This entails networking with literally hundreds of law enforcement agencies and organizations locally, including the State of Hawaii Justice System, as well as nationally and internationally.
Q: The first block on Vevau Street in Kahului, between Kane Street and Lono Avenue, is hazardous to drive on due to potholes, uneven pavement, etc. Last year, the other half of Vevau Street was paved, including School Street, which includes the Kahului Public Library. It appears to be an unfinished paving of Vevau Street. Please explain why all of Vevau was not paved or what the plan is for that portion of the road.
A: The section of Vevau Street between Kane and School streets is privately owned by A&B. Future plans for the area are uncertain; however, the company has indicated that any improvements to the road would take place in conjunction with development in the area.
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